Graduate Diploma in Information Technology


Subject area

Computer Applications and Programming

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Entry requirements

-Bachelor Degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent practical, professional or educational experience
An applicant with a Bachelor degree in an unrelated discipline, may be granted entry at the discretion of the Programme Manager where it is considered that the applicant has a reasonable chance of succeeding in the qualification
- International Students - English Language Requirements:
All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those learners whose first language is not English should have:
-An international English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band) issued within the last two years, or equivalent.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology is a one year programme run in conjunction with the Bachelor of Information Technology for those who have previously studied at degree level to develop specialist IT ability and skills. The qualification prepares graduates for employment, having gained specialised knowledge and skills in IT. It provides graduates with the academic base required for further study and the ability to pursue a professional career in the IT industry. The capstone project undertaken by students provides them with the practical industry-based experience of working in a team to produce an IT solution. This involves successfully applying knowledge and skills to solve real problems.
This qualification provides a forward-looking, versatile programme of study for learners who wish to enter the IT industry, both in New Zealand and globally. Graduates will have the academic base required for further study and the ability to pursue a professional career in the Information Technology industry.
The focus of this qualification is on both theoretical and applied learning, and the development of IT skills and knowledge that are valued both in a range of occupations and professions and in the wider community. The incorporation of industry-focused projects develops both specific skills in a discipline and the transferable skills needed for collaborative and entrepreneurial work.
Graduates have a familiarity with information technologies commonly used in organisations, and the ability to learn new skills in a rapidly changing environment. They have an expectation of ongoing change throughout their careers, and with the skills, attributes and capability to adapt to such changes.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Computer Science at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

GCSB Women in STEM Scholarship

Provided by:

New Zealand Intelligence Community - Organisational Development New Zealand Intelligence Community



The value of this award is $10,000, which can be spread over three years depending on your study plans.

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Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust

Provided by:

The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust - Secretary



Previous awards have generally been given in the region of $3,000 - $5,000 (per award).

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (04) 237 3100
Fax: (04) 237 3101

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