Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

Otago Polytechnic

Program Description

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

Otago Polytechnic

Achieved a degree in another discipline and now searching for a way to intensively develop your computing skills? Are you an IT graduate who is seeking to increase your knowledge in specialist areas?

Look no further! This flexible programme is ideal in either scenario and is the perfect way to add computing skills to your CV while engaged in full-time employment. Enhance your knowledge and skills in your own domain of study, or develop expertise in a new but complementary area of information technology. With the rapid rise of technology, computer skills are now fundamental life skills and an IT qualification will greatly increase your career prospects, both here and overseas. There are currently far more IT jobs than there are graduates and employers are desperate for individuals with a good understanding of the industry. Consider a career as a Programmer, Software Developer, Systems Administrator or Computing Services Manager, amongst many others.

Tailored to meet your requirements, create a customised path of study that focuses on your desired outcome. Specialist areas for IT graduates include interactive media, hardware, programming, databases, communications, business or networks/operating systems. Gain confidence in a supportive environment and enjoy the opportunity to integrate part-time learning into your busy schedule. Benefit from the small class sizes, allowing for one-on-one attention from experienced teachers, and the chance to practise your skills with a range of excellent equipment and applications.

International: NZD 20,280

Skills required

  • Good communication skills
  • Planning, organisational and problem-solving skills.

Entry requirements

  • International students must hold a recognised bachelor's degree in computing or a related discipline OR an equivalent qualification supported by practical, professional or scholarly experience.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no band score less than 5.5.

Additional documentation

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

Further study options

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

Programme specific risks

You are advised of any specific risks involved in particular areas via course information and these risks may also be discussed during orientation.

You will study

You will study 120 credits from courses offered in the Bachelor of Information Technology programme. A minimum of 72 credits must be at Level 7 (as most papers are 15 credits, in practice you are likely to study 75 credits at Level 7). Further credits selected from papers at Levels 5 or above will make up the 120 credit total.

Your customised path of study will be discussed with the Programme Leader before your enrolment process is completed. The Programme Leader may require you to undertake specific papers as pre-requisites to courses in this qualification.

Your workload

While the Graduate Diploma programme is the equivalent of one year of full time study, course pre-requisites and schedules may necessitate a longer period of part-time study. Therefore, you have the opportunity to complete this qualification over two or three years, according to your personal path of study.

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.

Apply by 13 February and 30 May


What is the minimum/maximum age to apply?

There is no maximum age to apply, provided that you are a genuine student. Usually, students beginning their programmes are at least 18 years of age.

How long will my study take?

Undergraduate degrees are three years, diplomas are usually two years and certificates are one year. Graduate and postgraduate qualifications can take one to two years to complete.

What about international recognition?

All of our qualifications are recognised internationally. You are able to take your Otago Polytechnic undergraduate degree and apply to other national and international tertiary institutions for graduate and postgraduate study.

How much can I earn as a student?

Those students who are eligible to work while studying may get causal jobs in areas like hospitality or other service industries. Your hourly wage is likely to be between NZD$13-15.

What do I need for my student visa?

Your Otago Polytechnic Offer of Place letter. This letter means you have been accepted to study. It also states your course fee, which you must pay first to your nearest New Zealand embassy, consulate or immigration office. You will then receive a receipt of payment from us. You must submit these two documents (your Offer of Place and your receipt of fees), along with evidence that you have sufficient funds for living expenses, and a return international air ticket or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one, to your nearest New Zealand embassy, consulate or immigration office.

For programmes longer than 24 months, you will also need to provide very recent medical and x-ray certificates. If you are over 17 years of age, you will need a police certificate to show that you are of good character. See the New Zealand Immigration website for more details.

Streamlined visa applications now open!

If you are an international student who will apply for your student visa from outside of New Zealand, you might be eligible for the streamlined visa process offered by Immigration New Zealand (INZ). This allows your visa application to be processed faster by INZ because Otago Polytechnic nominates you as a suitable candidate (INZ will decide the outcome and the processing time).

Once you have received your Offer of Place from Otago Polytechnic, you may apply for a streamlined visa nomination letter from us. For more information and to submit an application, click here.

What happens when I finish my degree?

Students who have completed their degree in the normal time and have a job offer related to their studies can apply for a work visa for another two years. This entitles you to work in the job you have been offered, and may help you qualify for residence.

What about applying for New Zealand residency?

If you meet the requirements of the current immigration policy in New Zealand, it is possible for you to apply for residence at any time. Immigration policy encourages students who have completed their degree in New Zealand to apply for permanent residence.

Is there an application fee?


How long does it take to apply?

We suggest you apply at least three to four months before your programme starts so that you are organised to arrive on time.

What do I need to include in my application?

Your English language test results: IELTS, TOEFL or TOIEC. We also require certified copies of any academic results you have from your overseas high school or university. We may also require your curriculum vitae or a portfolio, depending on your programme entry requirements.

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