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 studies. 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 Waitaha Canterbury and Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems and the Master of Business Information Systems qualifications sit within the Executive Development 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, 2018). The UC Business School | Te Kura Umanga 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 Aotearoa New Zealand, where there are dozens of large, hi-tech companies employing UC graduates.
Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
A degree with at least a B grade average in 300-level courses is required. Candidates must be approved by the Dean of Business who will take account of the relevance and standard of previous studies and experience.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
A special application is required. See the PGDipBIS application process for details of entry requirements, application forms, and start dates.
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The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems (PGDipBIS) consists of 120 points which is made up of eight courses (15 points each).
The Diploma can be studied full-time over 9–15 months, depending on whether you start in October or January. It can also be studied part-time over a maximum of 4 years.
The qualification contains both Information Systems and Business components. Eight courses can be chosen from the following lists:
Information Systems elective courses
- MBIS 601 Management of Information Systems
- MBIS 602 Systems Analysis and Process Modelling
- MBIS 603 Digital Business and Technology
- MBIS 621 Project Management
- MBIS 622 IS Security and Risk Management
- MBIS 623 Data Management
- MBIS 624 Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Systems in Organisations
- MBIS 691 Information Systems Internship
- 15 points from INFO 620–INFO 670
- 15 points from another relevant subject (at the appropriate level), which is subject to approval by the relevant Head of Department and the Dean of Business.
Business elective courses
- MBAZ 604 Business Research Methods
- MBAZ 601 Managerial Accounting
- MBAZ 602 Business Economics
- MBUS 650 Business Strategy
- 15 points from another relevant subject (such as Leadership, Marketing, Business Development, and Entrepreneurship) at the appropriate level, which is subject to approval by the relevant Head of Department and the Dean of Business.
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 a 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 Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. These more advanced roles could include IT consultant, IT project manager, and IT manager.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems.
For study planning help contact the Executive Development Programmes team 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