3 years
Feb Jul
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 44,548
NZD 66,750
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Doctor of Computing aims to help computing professionals gain the knowledge and skills to contribute to New Zealand's knowledge economy. You'll explore in depth relevant issues in your specialist field of computing or your workplace. Investigate theoretical and practical issues in the computing profession and determine the appropriate responses. Your thesis must provide a significant and original contribution in relation to the field of computing. Highlights include:

  • New Zealand's first professional doctorate in computing.
  • A combination of advanced coursework and original research.
  • Developed in consultation with the computer industry and leading universities both here and in Australia.
  • Taught by experts and practitioners on the cutting-edge of the discipline. You get to interact with visiting industry practitioners and academics.
  • State-of-the-art workshop labs which you can access seven days a week.
  • A mix of weekend classes and e-learning: the primary mode of delivery for each course is a series of eight weekend classes spread over an eight-month period. Classes are supplemented by e learning resources.

Entry Requirements

  • A recognised bachelor degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement, deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all level 7 courses; OR
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree.

English Language Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
  • International Students for whom English is not their First Language
    • Completion of one of the following qualifications:
      • NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 5
      • Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language (Unitec Qualification)
    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with a no band score lower than 6;
    • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of  590 (plus essay TWE of 5.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 79 (plus writing score of 21);
    • Level C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade A OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 58 or higher OR Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a score of 45 or higher  under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 58;
    • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) C1 Expert with a score of 42.