Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems and Technology*


The Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems and Technology (PGDip) is an advanced qualification in Information Systems for specialist IT graduates. Students will be encouraged to challenge and continuously improve their existing IS and Technology Management practices. They can combine taught courses and seminars with research options and an internship. Graduates will become globally aware and understand, analyse and critique national and international perspectives on information systems and technology.

Why study a PGDipIST at UC?

  • Set yourself apart with a specialist diploma and get ahead in your IS career.
  • Gain advanced skills in a one year applied qualification.
  • There is a significant shortage in high level ICT skills, so this programme will help UC graduates meet the demand in the marketplace, as more employers seek to engage more IT-savvy employees.
  • This programme will be taught by the UC Business School staff and professional, qualified contributors from the local business community (including academic staff and professionals with competencies in Māori and Indigenous development-related IS topics).
  • UC is ranked in the top 200 for Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).

* Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2017.

Entry requirements

Normally, the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.

If you gained your qualification overseas, this will need to be assessed to make sure it is of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

A student wishing to study the PGDipIST is required to have completed a bachelor’s degree (eg, a BCom) with a grade average of B or better in 300-level Information Systems or other related courses, or have a related qualification.

The PGDipIST will comprise taught courses and seminars, and students can choose to undertake a research project (including data collection, analysis and interpretation of findings) or an internship.

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems in Technology or use the Admission requirements checker.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The PGDipIST includes courses totalling a minimum of 120 points from the Schedule to the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems and Technology.

With the approval of the Dean of Business, a student may replace up to 30 points of courses from the schedule with courses prescribed for another subject at an equivalent level, allowing students to incorporate a specialist element in computer science or data analysis, for example.

The PGDipIST can be completed full-time over two semesters or be taken part-time over a maximum of 48 months.

Students can begin their studies in February and July.

Subjects and courses

Courses can be drawn from a range of subjects, including Information Systems, Business Information Systems, Computer Science and Software Engineering:

The remaining courses can be drawn from other INFO, MBIS, COSC and SENG 400 and 600-level courses. 

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

Students can continue on into a MCom in Information Systems or a PhD.

Career opportunities

Increasingly, postgraduate diplomas are becoming more recognisable in the international market and ICT-specific skills are critical to the growth and development of many business sectors in New Zealand. There is also evidence of a growing demand for biculturally competent and work-ready IS graduates, who are able to apply cultural concepts and theories to organisational situations, across a wide range of organisations, industries and countries.

This diploma will allow graduates to jump ahead and take on innovative leadership or management roles in ICT. Graduates will be well suited to work in a range of roles including business/systems analyst, IS consultant, IS manager and software developer.

More information

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems and Technology.

For study planning help contact the UC Business School or the College of Business and Law:

College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3888
Email business@canterbury.ac.nz