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Information Technology Postgraduate Diploma Auckland Institute of Studies

Information Technology Postgraduate Diploma Auckland Institute of Studies

Auckland Institute of Studies, New Zealand

About This Program

This Level 8  Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology or PGDIT, is offered by the Auckland Institute of Studies, a Category 1 private training establishment in New Zealand.  The one year program is  comprised of 5 courses (including an internship element, research or industrial project corresponding to one of three specialist topics:

  • Software Development;
  • Information Systems;
  • Networks and Security.

Designed to fill the global skills shortage that has been recognised in the IT sector, the PGDIT is a popular choice if you want to upgrade your skills and open doors to employment opportunities, including research.

If you already have an IT background, consider enrolling in this program if you wish to enter the IT industry at a higher-than entry-level position.  The advanced technical skills provided by the PGDIT specialist topics ensure graduates are prepared for success in any of these career paths:

  • Software Development specialist topic will enable you to analyse requirements and design, implement, test and deploy a software application;
  • Information Systems specialist topic covers the acquisition, storage, transformation and analysis of data and information within a business setting;
  • Networks and Security specialist topic deals with the technical issues involved in designing, implementing, administering and securing computer networks.

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Course Delivery

Postgraduate classes are normally held during daytime hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Tutorials and examinations are held on weekday evenings, thereby affording the opportunity for employment during the week.

Each of the specialist topics can be completed via any one of three pathways:

  • Internship Pathway consisting of 15 hours a week for 26 weeks totalling 390 hours;
  • Research Project Pathway requires students also take 7.401 Research Methods their first semester of study;
  • Industrial Project Pathway consisting of a two-semester supervised project from local industry.

Please note that you will be responsible for your own transportation in order to complete the program.


After completing this PGDIT program, you may enter companies at a higher than entry level position in the following areas:

  • Software Development;
  • Information Systems;
  • Networks and Security.

After completing this Level 8 postgraduate diploma, you will be able to continue to master's level study in the field of information technology or computing.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology  or PGDIT program, you would be able to demonstrate certain competencies depending on the specialist topic you choose.

  1.  PGDIT specialising in Software Development:
    1. Critically analyse application requirements and apply relevant analytical and problem-solving skills to innovative software solutions;
    2. Apply advanced database management technologies to support software applications and the software development process;
    3. Design, develop and critically evaluate high quality software applications for various platforms such as desktop, web and mobile;
    4. Employ critical analytical skills concerning the implementation, evaluation and testing of advanced software development concepts.
  2. PGDIT specialising in Networks and Security;
    1. Design, manage, maintain, administer and troubleshoot computer networks and network servers in complex business environments, guided by an in-depth knowledge of the related theoretical underpinnings;
    2. Employ network infrastructure planning and design methods and techniques to align infrastructure design with complex organisational requirements;
    3. Employ critical analytical skills concerning the implementation, evaluation and troubleshooting of advanced networking concepts;
    4. Analyse common security concepts, implement secure networks and assess the performance of implemented secure methods;
    5. Illustrate and employ an in-depth knowledge of the cellular network infrastructure design concepts and underlying theory;
    6. Differentiate and critically analyse the implementation of the current and emerging technologies in Cloud Computing and Networking architectures.
  3. PGDIT specialising in Information Systems:
    1. Critically analyse the complexities of technology in order to make informed technological decisions to improve the productivity of a data-driven company;
    2. Analyse both information technology and business information practices, in the context of their theoretical bases;
    3. Implement analytics and compile data to derive valuable knowledge to make well informed business decisions;
    4. Design the Information System structure based on the complex local and global influences on individual business organisations and society;
    5. Critically employ advanced technical skills in business data reporting, organisational development, strategic planning processes and analysis of data.

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Course Outline

The PGDIT is prescriptive and courses vary by intake.  Courses listed ar per specialist topic.

  • Software Development
    • 7.303 Web Applications Development
    • 7.308 Mobile Applications Development
    • 7.406 Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment
    • 7.407 Cloud Application Development
    • 7.408 Software Unser Experience
  • Information Systems
    • 7.312 Management Information Systems
    • 7.314 E-Business Strategies
    • 7.412 Data Mining
    • 7.413 Artificial Intelligence
    • 7.414 Enterprise Cloud-based Systems
  • Networks and Security
    • 7.309 Network System Security
    • 7.310 Advanced Computer Networking
    • 7.409 Topics in Cloud Computing
    • 7.410 Computer and Communication Network Security
    • 7.411 Penetration Testing

Some of the courses listed above can be replaced with approval from the Academic Head of the Programme. The replacement courses are:

  • 7.405 Specialisation Project
  • 7.322 Information Technology Industry Practice

Course Info

Course Code : 3752

College : Information Technology

Duration : 12 months

Qualifications Level : Postgraduate Diploma

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in New Zealand Dollar (NZD).

  • Application Fee: 
  • Base Tuition Fee:  20,000
    • Discounted Fee Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT): 16,000
  • Resource Fees of PGDIT (include e-books, textbooks, workbooks, internet, Wi-Fi): 1,800
  • Student Services Fee (pastoral care, counselling services, employment and careers information and guidance sports, recreation, cultural activities and Student Council activities): 270/year
  • Airport Transfer (one-way):  80 
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • Southern Cross International Student Insurance: 500/year
    • Uni-Care NZ Student Plan: 584.81/12 months

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what Auckland Institute of Studies expects will be your reasonable international fees.
  • The fees listed above include Goods and Services Tax or GST of 15%, where applicable
  • As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of Auckland Institute of Studies.
  • When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Accommodation for International Students at Auckland Institute of Studies, your choice:

  • Homestay Accommodation:  275/week
    • Homestay Arrangement Fee:  260
  • On-Campus Accommodation, excluding meals:
    • Accommodation Bond: 300 (payable in advance, refundable)
    • Multi-share Room
      • Advance payment of 12 weeks or more: 125/week
      • Advance payment of 5 to 11 weeks: 135/week
      • Casual weekly rate: 170
    • Twin-share Room
      • Advance payment of 12 weeks or more: 145/week
      • Advance payment of 5 to 11 weeks: 155/week
      • Casual weekly rate: 190
    • Single Room
      • Advance payment of 12 weeks or more: 165/week
      • Advance payment of 5 to 11 weeks: 155/week
      • Casual weekly rate: 210

Intake Dates :

There are two start dates in 2018:

  • 21 May
  • 10 September

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by Auckland Institute of Studies for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Visa processing;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of Auckland Institute of Studies as listed:

  • You must have completed the equivalent of a:
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Information Technology, Computer Science or related fields of study; OR
    • Graduate Diploma or equivalent in Information Technology, Computer Science or related fields of study.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score with no individual band under 6.0
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 79 overall, writing score of 21
    • PTE Academic: 58 overall minimum, 50 in each skill band

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