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Postgraduate Diploma in Computer and Information Sciences

New Zealand



What will I learn?

Study the Postgraduate Diploma in Computer and Information Sciences and explore the latest thinking and developments in computer and information sciences in as little as one year.

You can choose from a wide range of papers – including artificial intelligence, big data, bioinformatics, 3D technologies and software architecture. Broaden your knowledge of specialist fields of computer and information sciences, and develop advanced analytical, planning and critical thinking skills. The programme can prepare you for further study in the Master of Computer and Information Sciences.

You choose from papers that range from artificial intelligence and software systems engineering to knowledge engineering and information systems technology.

Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Only a selection of elective papers is offered in any given semester. Students must complete 120 points in total, including one compulsory Research Methods paper.

Complete the following paper

COMP811 Research Methods (15 points)

And choose 105 points from

  • COMP800 Neuroinformatics (15 points)
  • COMP805 Health Informatics and the Health Sector (15 points)
  • COMP806 Software Architecture (15 points)
  • COMP809 Data Mining and Machine Learning (15 points)
  • COMP810 Data Warehousing and Big Data (15 points)
  • COMP812 Next Generation Networking (15 points)
  • COMP813 Artificial Intelligence (15 points)
  • COMP814 Natural Language Processing (15 points)
  • COMP815 Nature Inspired Computing (15 points)*
  • COMP816 Internet of Things and Applications (15 points)
  • COMP817 Geocomputation (15 points)*
  • COMP818 Intelligent Surveillance (15 points)
  • COMP819 Ubiquitous Computing (15 points)
  • COMP820 Video and Image Processing (15 points)
  • COMP821 Information Security (15 points)
  • COMP822 Human Computer Interaction (15 points)
  • COMP823 Readings (30 points)*
  • COMP824 Special Topic A (15 points)*
  • COMP825 Special Topic B (15 points)*
  • COMP826 Mobile System Development (15 points)
  • COMP835 Server System Development (15 points)
  • COMP842 Applied Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies (15 points)
  • INFS800 Service Relationship Management (15 points)*
  • INFS804 eSystems Design and Development (15 points)
  • INFS809 Software Development Methods (15 points)
  • INFS810 Software Requirements Engineering (15 points)
  • INFS811 Usage Centred Design (15 points)
  • INFS812 Bioinformatics (15 points)
  • INFS813 Information Technology Strategy and Policy (15 points)

*Enrolment subject to approval by the programme leader

Career opportunities

  • Database architect
  • E-Commerce solutions architect
  • Group IT manager
  • Integration architect
  • IT manager
  • Programme manager
  • Project leader
  • Project manager
  • Software architect
  • Software developer/architect

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$40,000.00 (US$ 24,881) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 February 2023, 17 July 2023


Auckland University of Technology

AUT City Campus,

55 Wellesley Street East,


Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum entry requirements: Must have completed a bachelor’s degree (in any discipline). English Language requirements: Minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58.

For international students

One of the following:

  • Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences or equivalent OR
  • Graduate Diploma in Computer and Information Sciences or equivalent OR
  • Relevant professional qualification or experience approved by the Dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58.

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


About Auckland University of Technology

AUT is a modern, world-ranked university offering exceptional learning experiences, preparing graduates for successful careers anywhere in the world.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world
  • Ranked 1st in New Zealand for its international outlook
  • AUT has over 60 research institutes and centres
  • A network of 100,000+ alumni across 80 different countries

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