A unique programme

The Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology (Lighting) is a great qualification for those interested in any aspect of lighting – from interior design to energy efficiency.

  • Level

  • Graduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Duration

  • Available for part-time study over two years. Not available for full-time study.
  • International

  • Available for international students via distance learning

The Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology allows you to update your knowledge and skills in an area similar to that in which you graduated (or work in).

Lighting is a unique specialisation you can focus on. You may already have a degree and are considering specialising in this area, or you are a professional working in a related field and want to upskill. This programme is ideal for you if you are an engineer, sales rep, product designer, an architect or an interior designer.

What will you learn?

You’ll learn the fundamentals of lighting from the basic terms to key design principles, as well as lighting technology. You will have access to Massey’s high-tech facilities where you’ll be able to put some of your knowledge into practice.

Your lecturers are industry experts so they can provide you with not only basic knowledge that is at the cutting edge of lighting but also in specialist areas.

The programme includes an optional week-long series of immersive workshops in the Massey lab in Auckland.

Careers and further study


The Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology (Lighting) is well-respected by the industry and will open up professional opportunities for those wanting to add their specialist knowledge in areas such as lighting design or sales.

Entry requirements

Programme admission


To enter the Graduate Certificate in Science and Techology you will have:

  • been awarded or qualified for a relevant bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in the area you wish to study, or
  • accepted as having equivalent status to a university graduate on the basis of equivalent relevant professional experience.

You will also have a background adequate for the courses you wish to study.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Other requirements

Entry requires you to have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with passing grades in electrical engineering, electronics, physics, or design, or architecture or a related area. Pre-requisites are important but can be waived if you have appropriate industry or professional experience.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

If you do not have the necessary background for the GradCertScTech (Lighting) courses then pre-requisite courses are available in the Certificate in Science and Technology.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

60 credits


  • Courses from the Schedule – 60 credits


  • Lighting Endorsement compulsory courses – 60 credits

No more than 15 credits at 200 level, and at least 45 credits at 300 level.

Courses for this specialisation

218741 Light & Lighting 15
218742 Lamps and Luminaires 15
218743 Interior Lighting Design 15
218744 Energy Efficient Lighting and Exterior Lighting Design 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

You will study two courses per year, commencing the first year of study in February with course 218.741.

Professional requirements

Successful completion of the qualification will provide the academic requirements for membership of the IESANZ.

Fees and scholarships

A good fit if you:

  • are interested in lighting
  • work in lighting or a related industry and are looking to upskill.

Accreditations and rankings

IESANZ accreditation

IESANZ accredits the GradCertScTech (Lighting), so successful completion of this qualification provides academic requirements for membership.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.

What are courses and credits?

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships