Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences (Information Technology)

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Pathway to masters

A postgraduate diploma is the stepping stone to a research-based degree such as a masters

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What is it like?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences is a taught programme, able to be completed in one year full-time. It is a stepping stone to a masters qualification. If you complete the postgraduate diploma with good grades, you may proceed to the Master of Information Sciences (which includes a professional practice project).

Applying complex systems

Undergraduate programmes focus on your technical knowledge such as programming skills. When you undertake postgraduate study, you will learn more about the application of the more complicated processes you can apply this knowledge to, such as developing complex and dependent operating and recognition systems.

What will you learn?

During your study you will learn how to apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills to the analysis of, and solutions to, general software-based problems within the broader ICT community.

You will gain skills in evaluating policies and processes used in the design, construction, testing and maintenance of advanced technological solutions in order to make informed strategic decisions.

Topics you will study include

  • Massey Auckland: artificial intelligence, compilers, computer graphics, computer vision, parallel and distributed computing, operating systems and advanced computer systems.
  • Massey Palmerston North: empirical software engineering, program verification, human-computer interaction, technology - support learning, artificial intelligence, smart environment, machine learning, scientific computing, health informatics and graph algorithms.

Meet the needs of future consumers

When you study information technology at Massey, you will examine the huge range of technology that we use, and gain skills in designing and building systems that will meet the needs of consumers today and in the future. This could range from a small business needing a new technology tool, to managing the many and varied IT resources in a big hospital.

There is a shortage of people with the skills that you will gain - as an information technology graduate you will be sought-after by employers around the world.


Massey University’s programme is ranked in the top 300 university computer science and information systems programmes in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate information sciences or equivalent degree
  • Are interested in postgraduate information sciences study, but do not have a research background
  • Would like to undertake a predominantly taught postgraduate programme


A Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences gives you the best of theory and practice in information sciences. You will have the ability to run projects in professional practice and it is a stepping stone into a leadership role. It will open up greater opportunities in your career, more quickly.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report ‘Moving on up: What young people earn after their tertiary education’ found that in New Zealand:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Good careers are associated with better health, wellbeing and more satisfying lives
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