Postgraduate Diploma in Computer and Information Sciences

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This qualification is embedded in the Master of Computer and Information Sciences and is coursework based. Graduates will have advanced knowledge and skills within a specialist field of computer and information sciences and advanced analytical, planning and critical thinking skills. They may progress to further study at master's level.

Quick facts

Programme code: AK3745
Level: 8
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February and 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Career opportunities

  • Database architect
  • E-Commerce solutions architect
  • Group IT Manager
  • Integration architect
  • IT manager
  • Programme manager
  • Project leader
  • Project manager
  • Software architect
  • Software developer/architect
  • Team leader
  • Further postgraduate study

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma in Computer and Information Sciences an applicant must have completed:

(a)  the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences or equivalent or
(b)  the Graduate Diploma in Computer and Information Sciences or equivalent or
(c)  a relevant professional qualification or professional experience approved by the dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Guidelines to entry


Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points in total. Students take one compulsory Research Methods paper. The remaining papers will be chosen from the discipline clusters below:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Software Systems Engineering

For more information on clusters, please see the Master of Computer and Information Sciences

COMP811 Research Methods (15 points)

And elective papers (105 points)

Elective Papers: Only a selection of elective papers are offered in any given semester. Enrolment in elective papers is subject to meeting the requirements detailed in the paper selection form sent to all enrolling students, as well as to space availability.

COMP800 Neuroinformatics (15 points)
COMP801 3D Technologies: Displays to Printing (15 points)
COMP805 Health Informatics and the Health Sector (15 points)
COMP806 Software Architecture (15 points)
COMP809 Data Mining and Machine Learning (15 points)
COMP810 Data Warehousing and Big Data (15 points)
COMP812 Next Generation Networking (15 points)
COMP813 Artificial Intelligence (15 points)
COMP814 Natural Language Processing (15 points)
COMP815 Nature Inspired Computing (15 points)*
COMP816 Autoidentification (15 points)
COMP817 Geocomputation (15 points)*
COMP818 Intelligent Surveillance (15 points)
COMP819 Ubiquitous Computing (15 points)
COMP820 Video and Image Processing (15 points)
COMP821 Information Security (15 points)
COMP822 Human Computer Interaction (15 points)
COMP823 Readings (30 points)*
COMP824 Special Topic A (15 points)*
COMP825 Special Topic B (15 points)*
COMP826 Mobile System Development (15 points)
COMP835 Server System Development (15 points)
COMP837 ICT Issues in the SME Sector (15 points)
INFS800 Service Relationship Management (15 points)*
INFS804 eSystems Design and Development (15 points)
INFS809 Software Development Methods (15 points)
INFS810 Software Requirements Engineering (15 points)
INFS811 Usage Centred Design (15 points)
INFS812 Bioinformatics (15 points)
INFS813 Information Technology Strategy and Policy (15 points)
PHIL800 Philosophy of Computing Technology (15 points)

*Enrolment subject to approval by the Programme Leader

Postgraduate Diploma in Computer and Information Sciences

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Alternatively, please contact the Programme Administrator for more programme information and availability of papers.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.40pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.