Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences (Software Engineering)

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Become a sought-after employee

The Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences (Software Engineering) will give you in-depth knowledge and expertise in both computer science and information technology. 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.

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What is it like?

The courses in the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences (Software Engineering) have a strong focus on specific technical 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

IT employers are constantly seeking increasing numbers of skilled staff both in New Zealand and around the world. 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.

Broad-based learning

At Massey, we offer software engineering as a joint subject – a combination of computer science and information technology.

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

  • Computer Science: artificial intelligence, computer graphics, computer vision, parallel and distributed computing, operating systems and advanced computer systems.
  • Information Technology: systems security, geoinformatics, research methods, software development, user requirements.

The 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 8 courses (120 credits) usually taken over 1 year of study (2 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.

Flexibility of focus

The Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences gives you the option to focus and major in computer science (including topics such as artificial intelligence and graphics) or information technology (including topics such as geoinformatics and security) or software engineering (a mix of these two areas). Or you have the freedom to select no endorsement and mix and match the topics that interest you the most.

The courses offered in the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences are exactly the same as the first year of the Masters of Information Sciences.  This means that you can enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences and then complete a Masters of Information Sciences by extending your studies for just one more semester.

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.

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 software engineering
  • 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

Careers

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 Ministry of Education report ‘Moving on up: What young people earn after their tertiary education’ found that in New Zealand:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Good careers are associated with better health, wellbeing and more satisfying lives

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