Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences (Computer Science)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Focus on computer science

The Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences (Computer Science) will give you in-depth knowledge and expertise in computer science. You will extend your undergraduate technical and programming knowledge in a range of specialist areas and significantly enhance your career prospects in the software development industry.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences parent structure.

What is it like?

The courses in the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences (Computer Science) have a strong focus on specific technical and programming areas (for example, Artificial Intelligence). These courses require an appropriate technical background as the content is at an advanced level.

Postgraduate study is a satisfying and challenging process that will give you a further qualification. If you want to gain a more detailed understanding of an area of study, either for interest, or to perhaps move up the hierarchy in your career, you should consider this qualification.

In demand

Employers are always seeking increasing numbers of staff. Look at the SEEK website to see the demand for ICT professionals in New Zealand. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.

High demand areas include software development, analysis, network security, project management and data/database.  The Massey Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences will help you find a career in these, and other, areas.

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: artificial intelligence, computer graphics, computer vision, parallel and distributed computing, operating systems and advanced computer systems, a research project.

These computer science topics are at an advanced level. It is important to already have a good knowledge of computer programming and/or the equivalent of 300-level computer science.

One year of study

The Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences consists of eight courses (120 credits) usually taken over one year of study (two semesters).  Students can choose to study part-time and take less courses in each semester.  Note that part-time study does not include after-hours classes.  All classes are held during office hours.

Students should initially enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences with no endorsement.  This offers maximum flexibility and you can change the endorsement as you progress through the first year.

Accessible lecturers

We work to help you succeed. Massey University offers smaller classes and more personalised learning, giving you greater access to lecturers and the help you need to succeed and thrive during your master’s study.

Relevant learning

Your lecturers and supervisors at Massey have strong connections with the industry. We work to ensure that our teaching fits with the changing environment, which means you will emerge with a relevant qualification valued by potential employers.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just 'more of the same' undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

120-credit Master of Information Sciences (by thesis only)

You can also complete a Master of Information Sciences (by thesis only). This is a 120 credit research qualification for those who have completed the BInfSc(Hons) or PGDipInfSc (with minimum B grade average or better).

A good fit if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in computer science (or equivalent degree)
  • Are interested in postgraduate study, but do not have a research background
  • Would like to undertake a predominantly taught postgraduate programme
  • Are thinking of perhaps continuing on to a master's degree


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 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.

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