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Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology (Online)


Designed for students with a non IT-related bachelors degree, the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology will teach you the specialist skills you need to kick-start your IT career.


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Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in any subject


A GPA/GPE of 4.0


Two semesters (part-time)

Next Start Dates

  • Semester 2: 15 July 2024 (applications close 1 July 2024)

Full Programme Fees*

$5,137.80 (estimate)

International fees

Programme Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology (PGCertInfoTech) is a short, intensive, part-time programme that offers a supercharged route into the IT industry. Designed by the Auckland ICT Graduate School to meet the ongoing demand for industry ready IT graduates, this programme is specifically for those who have a bachelors degree in a non IT-related subject. Throughout this programme, you will gain fundamental skills in software development, web technologies and databases, arming you with the foundational skills for a career in IT. The PGCertInfoTech is unique in that it also provides an alternative pathway for entry into the Master of Information Technology for those who do not hold an IT-related qualification. If you have ever considered working in the IT sector, the PGCertInfoTech is the programme for you.

Who, What, Why

Dr. Yu-Cheng Tu is one of the Professional Teaching Fellows in the School of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, and is the Academic Director for the Auckland ICT Graduate School. Her research interests include computer science and software engineering education, requirements engineering, and industry needs in software development. Yu-Cheng has been involved in the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology and Master of Information Technology programmes since the establishment of the Auckland ICT Graduate School. She teaches programming in industry and programming with web technologies as well as clouding computing and creating maintainable software.

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The PGCertInfoTech is for those with a non-IT related bachelors degree who wish to kick-start their IT career. This programme builds on the existing critical thinking and communication skills you learned throughout your undergraduate degree. During this qualification, you will learn up-to-date knowledge of object-oriented programming and design, how to develop web-based applications, as well as client-side technologies such as HTML, CSS and Javascript in two practical and hands-on courses.

The PGCertInfoTech consists out of 2 courses that total 60 points. Each course runs for 12 weeks, allowing you to study one course at a time and
complete the programme in two semesters.


Course Code




COMPSCI 718 Programming for Industry An examination of object-oriented programming and design. Key principles of object-oriented programming: typing, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism and composition. Fundamental object-oriented modelling and design techniques. Students will develop application software of reasonable complexity that draws on object-oriented language features, and contemporary APIs, frameworks and tools.



COMPSCI 719 Programming with Web Technologies An examination of developing web-based applications. Client-side technologies: HTML, CSS and Javascript. Server-side technologies to support dynamic Web pages and data access. Fundamental relational database concepts and design techniques. Principles of Web-application design. HCI considerations and mobile clients. Students will build a Web-based application that dynamically generates content involving relational database access.



As a graduate of the PGCertInfoTech, you will gain the following key skills and attributes:

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of IT
  • Ability to find and evaluate information critically
  • Articulately use modern information technology terminology
  • Proficient numeracy and computational literacy skills expected of a science graduate
  • Understanding of qualitative and quantitative materials and information
  • Personal and professional integrity, and respect for the ethics of research and scholarly activity
  • Ability to work independently, and also as part of a team.

*Courses are paid per Semester. 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.

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