Postgraduate Certificate in Information Governance (Online)


Gain an understanding and knowledge of information and data governance concepts to equip you for privacy and information governance roles.

Entry Requirements

A Bachelors degree


A GPA of 4.0


12-months (part-time)
6-months (full-time)

Next Start Date

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

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


Full Programme Fees*

$5,171.40* (estimate)

International fees

Programme Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Information Governance (PGCertInfoGov) is an intensive, part-time programme that will provide you with an understanding and knowledge of information governance concepts. Throughout this programme, you will acquire a platform of professional skills that will equip you to enter roles related to privacy and information governance within organisations. Designed specifically for working professionals needing to upskill in this important field through a shorter qualification, the PGCertInfoGov will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills in information governance and privacy.

If you complete the PGCertInfoGov with a GPA of 4.0, you will have the option to staircase into the Master of Information Governance and reassign the 60-points of courses you have already completed, provided the PGCertInfoGov has not been awarded.*

*Subject to regulatory approval.


Who is the PGCertInfoGov (Online) suitable for?

Designed specifically for working professionals needing to upskill in this growing field through a shorter qualification, the PGCertInfoGov equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills in information governance and data privacy.

Students may be:

  • New graduates seeking junior roles in the information governance/data privacy space
  • Business professionals looking to learn more about this growing field



What are the entry requirements for the PGCertInfoGov programme?

To enrol, students require:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • AND a GPA of 4.0


What will the PGCertInfoGov (Online) teach you?

Students will develop a strong understanding of information governance concepts, as well as a platform of professional skills that will equip them for roles related to privacy and information governance within organisations.

Core subject areas covered include: 

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


Where could the PGCertInfoGov (Online) programme take you?

Information governance is a constantly growing area. Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in industry demand for information governance professionals.

Some of the roles in this field include:

  • Compliance Officer
  • Data Protection Officer
  • Privacy Officer
  • Information Governance Consultant
  • Information Governance Analyst
  • Information Officer
  • Records Manager



If you wish to further advance your career in information governance and/or data privacy, the PGCertInfoGov will allow you to staircase up to a Postgraduate Diploma. 

If you want to advance your career and develop or enhance professional skills in information governance, this programme is for you.

The PGCertInfoGov consists of 4 courses that total 60 points. Each course runs over a 10-week quarter. You can take either one or two courses per quarter, allowing you to complete this programme in 6-months full-time or 12-months part-time.

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

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.

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 Technology 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 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

As a graduate of the PGCertInfoGov, you will gain the following key skills:

  • Demonstrate a specialist understanding of underpinning principles and concepts of privacy and information governance and be able to apply them to practice.
  • Identify, analyse, and synthesise issues and ideas related to information governance, and build logical and well-informed arguments
  • Frame and analyse information governance issues and propose logical courses of action that acknowledge contextual factors and concerned stakeholders.
  • Clearly communicate information-governance issues and ideas in appropriate styles and multiple formats and to demonstrate effective teamwork skills.
  • Work and think independently, showing self-directed learning and attending to professional and ethical considerations related to privacy and information governance.
  • Demonstrate respect and consideration of the values and principles underpinning Te Tiriti o Waitangi as well as of cultural diversity, equity, and sustainability in the context of privacy and information governance.

*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. Courses are paid per Quarter. 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. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $4.44 per point (online). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

Who, What, Why

Professor Tana Pistorius 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 new 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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