Qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in Information Systems and Technology*

Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Information Systems and Technology (PGCertIST) is a short advanced qualification in Information Systems consisting of taught courses. Graduates will be able to synthesise and analyse theory, research and practice in Information Systems and Technology and be able to reflect critically on contemporary issues.

Why study PGCertIST at UC?

  • Set yourself apart with a specialist certificate and get ahead in your IS career.
  • 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.
Note that this qualification is only open to enrolments for study in 2018.

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 qualifications 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 PGCertIST 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.

For the full entry requirements see the Schedule to the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems and Technology, or use the admission requirements checker.

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

Qualification structure and duration

The PGCertIST requires 60 points of INFO/MBIS/COSC 400 and 600-level courses. At least 30 points must be INFO courses and no more than 30 points can be MBIS/COSC courses.

With the approval of the Dean of Business, a student may replace up to 30 points of courses from the Schedule to the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems and Technology with courses prescribed for another subject at an equivalent level.

The PGCertIST can be completed over one semester full-time, or be taken part-time over a maximum of 24 months.

Students can begin their studies in February and July 2018.

Subjects and courses

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

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

How to apply

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Further study

The PGCertIST can be a stepping stone to a research degree in Information Systems, eg, an honours or master’s degree, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems and Technology.

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. Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to acquire and utilise new knowledge related to information systems and technology, and apply it in an innovative and enterprising way. There is also evidence of a growing demand for biculturally competent and workready IS graduates, who are able to apply cultural concepts and theories to organisational situations.

More information

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

For study planning help, contact the College of Business and Law office:

College of Business and Law
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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