Otago Polytechnic

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology - Auckland


Auckland. This programme is for international students only.

One year full-time

On campus

January, March, June, August and October
Develop your skills for the New Zealand IT and business environment!

This exciting new programme has been specifically designed for international students. It will provide you with the professional skills that you will need to work effectively in the New Zealand IT and business environment.

These industries are constantly evolving and an up-to-date qualification is essential. This programme has been created to ensure that you have access to the current skills and professional practice required by New Zealand businesses and includes an industry-based project.

Small class sizes allow for better interaction with our experienced teachers and you will have the chance to practise your new skills with a range of excellent equipment and software applications.

At our Auckland International Campus, this programme is delivered through the Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement between Otago Polytechnic and the provider.

Skills required 
  • Good communication skills
  • Planning, organisational and problem-solving skills.
Entry requirements
  • You must hold a recognised bachelor's degree in computing or a related discipline OR an equivalent qualification supported by practical, professional or scholarly experience. Click here for your country’s equivalent academic entry requirements. 

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills. 

Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).

You will study

You will study 120 credits from IT courses offered in the Bachelor of Information Technology programme. A minimum of 72 credits must be at Level 7 (as most courses are 15 credits, in practice you are likely to study 75 credits at Level 7).  

Compulsory - complete all courses below  
Databases 2 Course (Level 6) Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of database management systems with an emphasis on relational systems.
Web 2 - Programming Course (Level 6) Receive a thorough introduction to modern techniques for adding programmed behaviours to web pages. The course will include a review of basic network architecture and currently supported HTML dialects, and will introduce appropriate tools and languages for adding programmed interactivity and dynamic database support to web pages. 
Introductions to Systems Analysis (Level 6) Gain an introduction to business processes and information management in the information technology and related industries. Learn fundamental business concepts and use a business context to understand systems analysis and relational databases.
Mini project (30 credits) (Level 7) Undertake an industry-based project. This will involve developing a real process for an external client using the skills you have gained during the degree. 
Computer Human Interaction (Level 7) Understand the concepts of designing interactive products to support the way people communicate and interact in their everyday and working lives.
Data Science and Machine Intelligence (Level 7) This course provides a brief introduction to Machine Intelligence/Data Science with an emphasis on the intuition and the applications behind the concepts. Learn to analyse a data problem and based on a reasonaed argument choose and deploy the appropriate machine learning tool to solve the problem and obtain useful/actionable information from the raw data. Possible applications are: automated medical diagnosis, pattern recognition, predictive systems, biometrics and many more.
Design and Development of Applications for Mobile Devices (Level 7) Explore the design and implementation of applications for mobile devices, including user-centred design and testing, consideration of mobile hardware requirements and deployment of mobile applications. 
Your workload

Most courses in information technology are worth 15 credits and are the equivalent of eight hours face-to-face teaching time per week. The programme will consist of two courses per eight-week teaching block. During an average week, you will be expected to undertake 16 hours of directed, face-to-face learning and an additional 15-20 hours of self-directed, structured study completing assignments and reading. 

Further study options

Increase your career prospects with postgraduate study in Information Technology in New Zealand.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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