PGDIT at AIS Now Enrolling For May 2018

PGDIT fills the global IT skills shortage

In almost every industry around the world, Information Technology plays a major role in development. As such, having computing and IT knowledge is now an in-demand skill for modern job candidates – regardless of whether you will pursue a career in the Information Technology sector or not.

Current IT students will likely pathway on to PGDIT

Skills shortages in IT plus a postgraduate qualification could unlock a career worldwide

Postgraduate qualifications open more doors to employment opportunities and research careers for many domestic and international students. From May 2018, Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) will offer a level 8 Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT) qualification to students.

Dr Michael Watts is a leading IT researcher who developed the PGDIT

Dr Michael Watts – Academic Head of Information Technology Programme at AIS

We interviewed Dr Michael Watts – Academic Head of IT programmes about this degree.

Overview Of The PGDIT

Students studying the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT) will take six or seven courses depending upon which pathway they choose. The PGDIT consists of 120 credits, two 15-credit level 7 courses, with the remaining 90 credits consisting of level 8 course’s.

There are three pathways available to complete the qualification:

  • Research Project
  • Internship
  • Industrial Project

The Research pathway is for students who wish to pursue research-based higher qualifications, especially Master’s study.

The content of the programme is what the market is asking for. As a result, AIS graduates are ready for employment upon graduation.

Why Did AIS Develop The PGDIT Programme?

There are recognised skills shortages within New Zealand and internationally in terms of Information Technology. The PGDIT has been designed to fill those shortages.

Furthermore, many students after studying a Bachelor or Graduate Diploma, want to continue on to study postgraduate level, to push technology and challenge their knowledge. They want to see “how far they can go with technology.”

Who Is The PGDIT For?

Students who already have a Bachelor or Graduate Diploma in IT and want to upgrade their skills and knowledge. This will also allow for employment opportunities at higher-than entry-level positions,

Students who want a research career in the IT field would also be interested in the programme.

Dr Michael Watts with staffs and students from Information Technology Programme

In addition, there are three specialist topics in the PGDIT for students to choose from:

  • Software Development;
  • Information Systems; and
  • Networks and Security.

Dr Michael Watts in an IT recruitment workshop for AIS students

The Software Development specialist topic enables students to analyse requirements and design, implement, test and deploy a software application. The Information Systems specialist topic covers the acquisition, storage, transformation and analysis of data and information within a business setting. The Networks and Security specialist topic deals with the technical issues involved in designing, implementing, administering and securing computer networks. Each of these specialist topics are currently taught at AIS within the Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) and Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (GDIT), although the Networks and Security is called “Computer Networks” for the BIT and GDIT.

Updated: 26 February, 2018


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Start Dates in 2018

21 May, 10 September