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What will I learn?

UCOL’s Graduate Diploma in Information & Communications Technology (ICT) in Computer Networks provides the opportunity for students with an ICT related Bachelor’s degree or information technology work experience to specialise in computer networks.

The Graduate Diploma in Information & Communications Technology (Computer Networks) will enable you to enhance your knowledge base and gain industry-needed skills through advanced study of the following areas:

  • Network design
  • Network services
  • Cisco
  • Systems administration
  • Managerial and professional practice

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Network designer
  • Network administrator
  • Desktop support
  • Security specialist

Course Information

UCOL's Graduate Diploma in ICT (Computer Networks) covers:

Graduate Professional Practice (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)

  • This course prepares you for the transition into the ICT profession and covers communication skills, team work and topical issues in the industry.

Special Topic (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)

  • Pursue an area of special interest to you under the guidance of a UCOL academic staff member.

Managerial Practice (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)

  • Analyse and evaluate management practices as they relate to the ICT industry.

Network Services (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)

  • Implement key network services as used in modern LANs and explain the network protocols that these services use.

Networks (CISCO ITN) (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)

  • Gain practical and technical networking knowledge to assist you to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

Networks (CISCO RSE) (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)

  • Gain practical and technical networking knowledge that will allow you to configure and troubleshoot routers, switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPng, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

Network Design (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)

  • Learn how to recommend uses for thin and thick client architectures, and design a thin client architecture. You'll analyse and evaluate network designs, select appropriate technology and design for a given situation, and justify your selection.

Systems Administration (15 credits, 16 weeks duration)

  • Design and construct a complex multi-user client/server network. You'll gain essential skills for configuration and integration of complex systems.

Industry Connections

The Graduate Diploma in ICT (Computer Networks) is well supported by industry and has strong connections with industry stakeholders who regularly engage with staff and students.

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$21,500.00 (US$ 12,878) per year
Start date

13 February 2023, 17 July 2023


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)

Universal College of Learning (UCOL),

18 Princess Street,

Palmerston North,

4410, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree. Other English language Requirements: TOEFL (PBT) Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE). PTE (Academic) score of 50.

For international students

A Bachelor degree or higher qualification in an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) related discipline from an accredited international provider. You will be required to present either an original or certified copy of their academic transcript issued by the awarding institute.

English language Requirement: IELTS - Academic: Score of 6 with no band lower than 5.5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2, C1, or C2 with score of 169; no less than 162 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 4 (Academic); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 50 with no band less than 42.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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