Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Postgraduate Diploma in IT Security Management

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Applicants must have:

  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline related to IT, computer science, or information systems from a New Zealand tertiary institution accredited to offer those qualifications at that level or a degree in one of these disciplines from a foreign tertiary institution deemed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to be of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English must have:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each band) issued within the last two years, or equivalent.

Special entry

In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not meet the academic requirements may be granted entry to the Programme. They must supply evidence (e.g. professional certifications and relevant work experience documents) to satisfy the HOD or a delegate of their ability to succeed on the Postgraduate Diploma in IT Security Management Programme.


Applicants may be interviewed to assess their suitability for the Programme.


It is recommended that students will have experience working in an IT-related position.

Months of entry


Course content

Globally, organizations and businesses are increasingly reliant on information technology. Key enterprise data and customer information are stored and shared, communications are made, and transactions between customers, banks, and partners are completed.

Because of the volume and importance of enterprise data that is stored and shared electronically, the defence against ever-evolving cybercrimes has become extremely costly in both the private and public sectors.

Organisations now seek skilled professionals who have both technical and managerial skill-sets and who can lead teams of technologists to develop and implement security policies and procedures in the defence against cyber threats and can also monitor and audit enterprise information systems.

There is an immediate need in the economy for IT security management professionals. IT Security Specialist is listed on both the Skilled Occupations and Long term skills shortage list by Immigration New Zealand (external link).

Information for international students

This programme is designed to provide students with skills needed to bridge the gap that often exists between enterprise managers and the technical aspects of IT security in the modern digital and internetconnected environment.

The programme content is applied in focus and is targeted at job-ready skill acquisition. Using a balance of practical work, case studies and theory, the courses prepare students with effective communication and project management knowledge for innovative and effective leadership in crucial areas of IT security. The programme also lays the foundations of research skills which are relevant to IT security and to further postgraduate-level study.

This is only run at our Nelson Campus from July 2018.

Fees and funding

UK students
NZD $20,000 plus $240 Student Services Levy
International students
NZD $20,000 plus $240 Student Services Levy

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

International Enquiries
+64 3 546 9175