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.
Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School is accredited by AMBA, AACSB, and EQUIS; only one percent of business schools in the world have attained all three. 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.
A bachelor's degree in any subject, with at least a B Grade Point Average in 300-level courses, is required. You will be approved based on the standard of previous studies and experience.
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 Diploma in Business Information Systems or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
The programme has intakes in February and August.
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
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 within 1 year, and can be started in February or July. It can also be studied part-time over a maximum of 4 years.
The programme contains both Information Systems and Business components.
Eight courses in total can be chosen from the following lists:
Information Systems elective courses
- MBIS601 Management of Information Systems
- MBIS602 Systems Analysis and Process Modelling
- MBIS603 Digital Business and Technology
- MBIS621 Project Management
- MBIS622 IS Security and Risk Management
- MBIS623 Data Management
- MBIS624 Business Intelligence in Organisations
- 15 points from another relevant subject (at the appropriate level), with approval.
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.
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