Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology

Almost every enterprise today needs the skills of network and data professionals, coders, system architects, web developers and other technically trained professionals. With this explosion in careers comes a demand for smart, industry-ready graduates ready to make the most of technology within the business.

To meet the ongoing demand for talent, the Auckland ICT Graduate School (a joint initiative between the University of Auckland and the University of Waikato) has created two postgraduate programmes to complement established postgraduate programmes in Computer Science – the Master of Information Technology (MInfoTech) and Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology (PGCertInfoTech).

The PGCertInfoTech is one semester long and is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in another subject, and who wish to acquire the skills to kick-start their career in ICT.

Whether you have successfully studied business, the arts or sciences, the PGCertInfoTech will build on your existing critical thinking and communication skills, equipping you with specialised knowledge in the fast-growing ICT sector. Completing this intensive programme will equip you with up-to-date-knowledge of modern ICT practice to complement the critical thinking and communications skills you have already developed. It also provides the ideal bridge to the MInfoTech.

The global ICT industry is projected to grow by US$1.3 trillion between 2013 and 2020. It’s the same story in New Zealand, with technology being the country’s fastest growing sector. Since 2008 exports have doubled with technology now being the country’s third largest export earner behind dairy and tourism.

Career opportunities

  • Internet/Multimedia Developer
  • Database Developer
  • Cloud Computing
  • Data Security
  • Network Developer and Support
  • Software Architect
  • Technical Consultant
  • Systems Administrator

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Years 0.5
Points 60
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)

Graduate study options

The Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology (PGCertInfoTech) provides the ideal pathway to the Master of Information Technology (MInfoTech).

Students with a Bachelors degree or equivalent in any discipline are eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in information Technology.

Applications should be made well in advance of a start in Semester A (around late February/early March) or in Semester T (November).

For enrolment questions, you can email


Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences:

Phone: +64 7 838 4322 / 0800 924 528

Degree Structure

Year 1
Programming for Industry
Programming with Web Technologies
60 Points
Compulsory Paper

The Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology requires a total of 60 points consisting of COMP568 and COMP569.