Postgraduate Certificate in Information Systems and Technology
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.
- 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 Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School, and professional, qualified contributors from the local business community (including academic staff and professionals with competencies in Māori and Indigenous development-related IS topics).
To study the PGCertIST you will need to have completed a bachelor’s degree with a Grade Point Average of B or better in 60 points of 300-level Information Systems or other related courses, or have a related qualification.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Systems and Technology or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The PGCertIST requires 60 points of Information Systems (INFO), Business Information Systems (MBIS), and Computer Science (COSC) 400 and 600-level courses. At least 30 points must be INFO courses.
With the approval you may replace up to 30 points of courses from the Certificate with courses prescribed for another subject at an equivalent level.
The PGCertIST can be completed in 6 months full-time. It can also be taken part-time over a maximum of 2 years.
Courses can be drawn from a range of topics from Information Systems, Business Information Systems, and Computer Science:
- 30 points chosen from 600-level INFO courses
- 30 points chosen from MBIS 601–679 and COSC480 Computer Programming
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.
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 Aotearoa 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 work-ready IS graduates, who are able to apply cultural concepts and theories to organisational situations.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pōkai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2023||60||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$4,203|
|2022||60||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$4,091|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$15,900||$13,826|
|2023||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$16,850||$14,652|
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Systems and Technology.
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