Focus your research on the latest developments in your area of speciality. Choose hands-on research relevant to your career from a range of options including data mining, cloud computing, business analysis, business intelligence, ICT infrastructure, information management, mobile devices, network design and management, security and forensics, quality assurance and system architecture.
The aim of this programme is to enable students to gain internationally recognised skills and knowledge in the area of Information Technology (IT) to assist New Zealand in its drive toward a knowledge-based economy. This is a study option for domestic students who are currently working within the sector and wish to upgrade their qualifications to masterate level while still engaging with the work force, and international students who want to gain a masterate qualification to assist either in an application for permanent residence or in obtaining employment in their country of origin.
Graduates of the Master of Information Technology will be able to:
- critically evaluate research literature in Information Technology and related disciplines
- work effectively in multicultural teams and exercise leadership as required
- show evidence of advanced knowledge about an applied field of enquiry
- engage in rigorous intellectual analysis, criticism and problem-solving
- work independently and appreciate the need for continued learning
- demonstrate mastery of sophisticated theoretical subject matter
- apply their advanced knowledge and skills to new situations
- plan, conduct and report on substantial applied research projects
- manage projects involving the use of Information Technology
- assess the impact of Information Technology on society
- communicate effectively (orally, visually and in writing)
- research, analyse and argue from evidence
- identify, analyse and address ethical issues
- undertake further postgraduate study
A graduate who completes a 90 credit thesis will also be able to demonstrate a high order of skill in the planning, execution and completion of a piece of applied research.
The Master of Information Technology (Level 9) (MIT) is an 18 month full-time programme (180 credits). This programme requires the completion of papers plus a research component. Each paper in the Master of Information Technology is worth 15 or 30 credits and requires approximately 150 or 300 learning hours. There are two options for the research component; one is a 45 credit research report and the other a 90 credit thesis.
Students must achieve 180 credits from the approved level 8 and level 9 papers. The 180 credits must include:
- the compulsory papers IT8501 and IT8502
- either IT9501 or IT9502
Students have five years in which to complete the diploma from the date of first enrolment.
Compulsory Level 8 papers
IT8501: Research in Information Technology (15 credits) aims to provide students with a framework for applied research in information technology through examining research methods and publications, with particular reference to research into the impact of information technology on society. Course contains research methods (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed), research literature, and impact of information technology on society (including digital divide, ethical issues, cultural and gender perspectives, environmental and social challenges).
IT8502: Research Proposal (15 credits) aims to provide students with knowledge and skills in conducting literature reviews, preparing research proposals and addressing ethical issues. Course contains literature searches, criteria for critical review, acknowledging sources, data collection and analysis methods, institutional requirements for approval of research, structure of research proposals, addressing ethical issues.
Level 9 papers (choose one)
IT9501 is an individual applied research project. A primary academic supervisor and a secondary academic supervisor, with expertise in the chosen research field supports each student. A project coordinator is assigned to manage the process for students. This course will enable students to undertake professional and applied research that contributes to professional practice in information and communications technology.
IT9502 is an individual research project - thesis. A primary academic supervisor and a secondary academic supervisor, with expertise in the chosen research field supports each student. A project coordinator is assigned to manage the process for students. This course will enable students to plan, execute, and complete publishable applied research that contributes to the knowledge base in information and communication technology.
Download a list of Master of IT papers (230KB PDF)
Degree or equivalent in Information Technology or related subject with at least a B grade average at Level 7 (or 8) or related subject and relevant work or professional experience
IELTS 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0)