Master of Information Governance (Online)


Master the laws and regulations relating to big data and other types of information, and enhance your effectiveness in managing decision making, privacy, and compliance in organisations. 

Entry Requirements

A relevant Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 4.0 

If you have no previous degree, a work-experience pathway may be available for you. 

A relevant Bachelors degree may be in business, engineering, health sciences, humanities, law, sciences or technology.

*Pathway options available.


1.5 years – 2.5 years (part-time)

Next Start Dates

  • 2024 Quarter 2: 8 April (applications close 25 March)

  • 2024 Quarter 4: 23 September (applications close 9 September)

Full Programme Fees

TBC, estimate: $16,320

(Fees can be paid in quarterly instalments)

International fees

Programme Overview

The Master of Information Governance is designed for working professionals as well as recent graduates seeking to up-skill in this field, or advance their careers related to the governance of data and personal information. Throughout this programme, you will acquire an advanced understanding of information governance concepts, global citizenship, as well as a strong platform of professional skills required for managing privacy and information governance programmes in businesses and organisations.

You will have an opportunity to develop solutions to address regulatory issues relating to the collection, storage and use of information in organisations. If you want to step up to the challenge of navigating laws and regulations that govern how those within our society interface with personal data, this programme is for you. 

A 120-point Postgraduate Diploma in Information Governance and a 60-point Postgraduate Certificate in Information Governance are also available as qualifications for students seeking shorter qualifications.

*If you do not meet the entry criteria for this programme, there are pathway options available. Enquire now for more information.

Who is the MInfoGov (Online) programme suitable for?

Information governance and data privacy are becoming increasingly relevant to both New Zealand businesses and society at large. The MInfoGov is designed for new graduates and working professionals seeking to up-skill in this field. 

There is increasing demand for professionals that can manage all elements of the information lifecycle, including processing, storing, and retrieving data in a secure and compliant manner.

What will I learn in the MInfoGov (Online)? 

With an enriched understanding and knowledge of information governance concepts, graduates of the MInfoGov programme will be well equipped to manage all aspects of privacy and information governance programmes within organisations.

Core topics covered in the programme include:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cryptology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Ethics
  • Data Governance
  • Data Privacy
  • Information Ethics
  • Information Governance
  • Information Privacy
  • Intellectual Property


Where could the MInfoGov (Online) programme take you?

The MInfoGov can open up a range of career opportunities, with many graduates moving on to roles such as:

  • Compliance Officer
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Protection Specialist
  • Information Governance Consultant
  • Information Officer
  • Privacy Consultant
  • AI-related roles
  • Technology-related roles
  • Marketing-related roles

The MInfoGov is taught by experts in the fields of data privacy, information ethics, blockchain and ledger technologies, cybersecurity techniques and regulation, artificial intelligence regulation, and dispute resolution techniques. This programme will equip you to lead in key areas vital to the data economy. 

A 120-point Postgraduate Diploma in Information Governance and a 60-point Postgraduate Certificate in Information Governance are also available for students seeking shorter qualifications.

The Master of Information Governance comprises 10 courses. Each course runs over a 10-week quarter, allowing you to complete this programme in either 18-months full-time, or 30-months part-time. You have the option to take two courses concurrently, which would enable you to complete in 18-months. 

To complete the MInfoGov, you will study INFOGOV 700-707, 709 and either INFOGOV 720 Project, or INFOGOV 780 Research Essay.

The 2022 – 2023 Quarters are scheduled as follows:

Quarter 1: 10 January – 26 March
Quarter 2: 4 April – 18 June
Quarter 3: 27 June – 10 September
Quarter 4: 19 September – 3 December

Quarter 1: 9 January – 25 March
Quarter 2: 3 April – 24 June
Quarter 3: 3 July – 16 September
Quarter 4: 25 September – 9 December


Course Code




INFOGOV 700 Environment of Information Governance Key legal and governance concepts, practices, structures and mechanisms are studied. This includes a focus on data protection issues. Legal and de facto rules are analysed including their creation, reform and enforcement; business agreements and their interpretation are introduced, and relevant standards are evaluated. 15
INFOGOV 701 Information Research in Practice Develops and applies general and context-specific research methods. Identifies and resolves key research issues that arise for businesses and organisations. Explores application of research methodologies.  15
INFOGOV 702 Information Ethics Examines ethical, cultural and policy-related concepts related to information, from generation, collection and storage to analysis, application and dissemination, including review and feedback mechanisms. The concepts include research ethics, privacy and surveillance, information and discrimination, professional codes, responsible innovation and the use of algorithms. 15
INFOGOV 703 Technologies and Compliance Explores blockchain technology, and other distributed ledger technologies with reference to compliance, including their implementation and impact in industry and on society. The legal issues arising from the use of smart contracts are investigated. 15
INFOGOV 704 Artificial Intelligence Regulation Critically analyses the legal and policy issues created by advanced artificial intelligence technologies, including regulatory response. Evaluates efficiency, proportionality and necessity of existing or suggested regulation, and develops proposals for the regulation of future challenges. Develops independent research skills including an ability to work in multidisciplinary groups and communicate findings to audiences from a range of disciplinary and jurisdictional backgrounds. 15
INFOGOV 705 Information Privacy: Theory and Application Critically evaluates the frameworks protecting personal information including their theoretical underpinnings and global reach. Explores the challenges to regulatory frameworks from rapid technological and social changes and encourages independent research as to how these may be addressed. Considers how leadership and accountability mechanisms can impact an organisation’s ability to adapt information privacy requirements to unpredictable, complex and ill-defined environments. 30
INFOGOV 706 Cybersecurity Techniques and Regulation Focuses on information security strategies to address cybercrime. Includes analysis and critique of basic technological and managerial issues related to information security. Related regulations and standards will be also discussed. 15
INFOGOV 707 Dispute Resolution Techniques Addresses a range of appropriate dispute resolution mechanisms to address complaints. Techniques and best practice for facilitating negotiation of disputes through mediation including skills to assist dispute resolution. Explores negotiation theories, styles, strategies, tactics, and techniques. 15
INFOGOV 709 Access to Information Explores access to information from a global and national perspective. Critically evaluates individuals’ right to access to information. Examines the interrelationship between access to information, privacy and data governance. Addresses techniques and procedural rules to evaluate the validity of requests for access to information and grounds for refusal. 15
INFOGOV 720 Project   30
INFOGOV 780 Research Essay   30

As a graduate of the MInfoGov, you will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of theory and practice in the field of information governance and apply this in current information governance contexts. 
  • Synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from multiple sources and perspectives to develop coherent and evidence-based arguments and conclusions. 
  • Creatively and systematically address complex information governance issues and develop practical and innovative solutions that carefully attend the relevant context and implications. 
  • Work effectively in teams and engage diverse audiences by communicating professionally using multiple formats. 
  • Work professionally and ethically as well as demonstrate self-management and reflective thinking in complex situations. 
  • Demonstrate respect for the values of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the principles underpinning the Treaty of Waitangi, as well as cultural diversity, equity and sustainability when operating in a global business environment.

*Our Programme Advisors will provide all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, course fees, examinations and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates as per the University Calendar. Please note that the programme fees are indicative and estimates only. Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses. Please note that the indicative fees are based on INFOGOV courses only, there may be variance if any courses from the Law schedule are substituted. 

Who, What, Why

Professor Tana Pistorius is the Programme Director for the Master of Information Governance. She joined the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland in June 2019 as a Professor of Commercial Law. She became Head of Department in January 2020 and has been appointed as the Programme Director of the Master of Information Governance programme. She has a keen interest in data protection and information technology law.

Tana’s past service roles include serving as a privacy commissioner and a non-executive director of a collecting society. She has also served on the executive committee of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP). She was the President of ATRIP from 2013 to 2015. She remains actively involved in ATRIP as a past-president.

Watch our video to see why this programme could be ideal for you.


Prizes and Scholarships

There are several prizes available to Information Governance students, as well as one scholarship.
Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Prizes for InfoGov Courses
Westin Scholar Award
  • Best student in INFOGOV 700 – Environment of Information Governance
  • One prize will be awarded each year
  • A $1,000 cash award
  • A copy of the book “Privacy and Freedom” with a special nameplate inside acknowledging the award
  • 2 years of membership with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • 3 complimentary exams for IAPP certifications (CIPP, CIPM, CIPT)
  • Unlimited access to virtual training for IAPP certification programs (CIPP, CIPM, CIPT)
  • Where applicable and when possible, presentation of the award at one of the IAPP’s local KnowledgeNet meetings
Simply Privacy Prize in Information Ethics
  • Best student in INFOGOV 702 – Information Ethics
  • One prize will be awarded each year
  • A $1,000 cash award
Facebook Prize in Artificial Intelligence Regulation
  • Best student in INFOGOV 704 – Artificial Intelligence Regulation
  • One prize will be awarded each year
  • A $1,000 cash award
Scholarship for PGCertInfoGov
Facebook Scholarship in Information Governance
  • This scholarship will pay the fees for the PGCertInfoGov (60 points)
  • Value: up to $5,000
  • The intention of the Scholarship is to encourage diversity of participation in the privacy and information governance profession, including from Māori and/or Pacific communities, to advance social equity and digital literacy, and to provide opportunities for lasting impact in New Zealand and globally, by supporting a student to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Information Governance at the University of Auckland.
  • For more information and how to apply, see here


The online delivery has allowed me to participate in study towards my Masters, even though I work full time and I live outside Auckland. This is the first programme I've seen that allows this flexibility. The lecturers are accomplished experts, but so approachable and helpful, and the course materials are fantastic. I've been able to apply what I've learnt straight into my "day" job, and my employer is already very pleased with the investment they're making into my study.


MInfoGov student

My enrolment into the MInfoGov program came at the perfect time to help advance my career. I recently entered a senior leadership position where I am responsible for all aspects of our company's technology systems and processes.

Enrolling in this program has provided me with a delightful amount of confidence and insight into the complex legal requirements and risks that are associated in the use, storage, and security of information. This has allowed me to establish myself as an authority on the subject within my workplace, and I look forward to all the papers that are to come. This program is one of a kind and highly relevant for any professionals who work in the privacy, legal, technology, or organisational governance space. I look forward to working alongside future graduates to advance information governance practices in New Zealand


MInfoGov student

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