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Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Canterbury


There is an increasing demand for work-ready graduates who possess specialist skills from a postgraduate degree in Information Systems/ICT that complement their prior undergraduate studies. Information Systems courses at a postgraduate level can help graduates from different backgrounds gain a broad understanding of the world of business and technological solutions. This mix of 'business-savvy' and 'tech-savvy' skills mean IS graduates often become business analysts. These graduates are seen as being a key component in developing and growing the business and ICT sectors, and the knowledge base in Waitaha Canterbury and Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems and the Master of Business Information Systems qualifications sit within the Business Taught Masters programme.

The UC Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing it in the top five percent of business schools worldwide.

Furthermore, UC's Information Systems/ICT students benefit from its location on the 'Silicon Plains' of New Zealand, where there are dozens of large, hi-tech companies employing UC graduates.

Subjects and courses

The qualification contains both Information Systems and Business components. Eight courses can be chosen from:

  • Information Systems elective courses
  • Business elective courses

15 points from another relevant subject at the appropriate level, which is subject to approval by the relevant Head of Department and the Dean.

Further study

Students can study a Master of Business Information Systems.

Career opportunities

The Postgraduate Diploma of Business Information Systems will provide students with the skills, knowledge and competencies to undertake entry-level Information Systems-related roles within an organisation, such as those of business analyst, business process analyst, and business intelligence analyst.

It is also a good foundation for developing further and moving into more advanced roles in IT management which contribute to the strategic development of organisations through technology both in New Zealand and internationally. These more advanced roles could include IT consultant, IT project manager, and IT manager.

Intakes: February or August

Entry criteria

A bachelor's degree in any subject, with at least a B Grade Point Average in 300-level courses, is required. Students must be approved by the Dean of Business who will take account of the standard of previous studies and experience.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.

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