Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems


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 degree/s. 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 Canterbury and New Zealand.

The MBIS qualification sits within the Executive Development Programmes and is part of a suite of Information Systems programmes offered by UC's Department of Accounting and Information Systems. UC ranks in the top 200 universities in the world for Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017). The School of Business and Economics is also 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. 

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, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

A degree with at least a B grade average in 300-level courses is required. Candidates must be approved by the Dean of Commerce who will take account of the relevance and standard of previous studies and experience.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems or use the admission requirements checker

See the 'How to apply' section below for more details.

Qualification structure and duration

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems (PGDipBIS) can be studied full-time over 9-15 months or part-time over a maximum of four years. The programme has two entry points each year — in October and February.

The diploma consists of 120 points which is made up of eight courses (15 points each).

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

See the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems for up-to-date course schedules. 

How to apply

A special application is required. See the PGDipBIS application process for details of entry requirements, application forms and start dates.

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Further study

Students can study a Master of Business Information Systems or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 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.

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems.

For study planning help contact:

Executive Development Programmes
Email executivedevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz
Phone  +64 3 369 3669

College of Business and Law
EDP Enquiries Level 5, Business and Law building

Postal address
Executive Development Programmes
College of Business and Law
University of Canterbury
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand