Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation

14 weeks
NZQF Level 8 (60 credits)

Start Dates
(25% discount available)
(25% discount available)
(25% discount available)
Course Fees (Year 1. See fees information.)
Domestic $5,090.00 NZD
International TBC
Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree and/or professional experience.

Portfolio Requirements

Written personal statement, proof of previous qualifications, professional CV.

Study Options

Study online


Become a digital leader

What is unique about this programme is that it has been created by industry leaders for working adults with industry experience, or qualifications, developed in response to the increasing demand for future-focused business leaders in the digital age. This programme provides sound knowledge of the digital tools and capabilities needed to grow in an increasingly competitive global market through digital innovation.

Customise your programme by choosing from the wide range of available electives to suit your business needs, including:

  • Design Thinking and Creative Intelligence
  • Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)
  • Cyber Security
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Cloud Computing
  • Agile Mindset
  • Dynamic Leadership
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Blockchain
  • Human-Centred Design

Why a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation?

Digital transformation is the commonly used term for integrating digital technologies in a business or organisation. A digital transformation strategy can fundamentally change how a business operates, delivers value to customers, and grows in an ever increasing competitive global environment.

Graduates of this online programme will have gained a high level understanding of the purpose and function of current and emerging technologies that lead to digital transformation. They will also have the capability to evaluate an organisation’s capacity and readiness for digital transformation and design and implement innovative digital solutions.

Integral to this programme is Mātauranga Māori (kawa and tikanga), Māori ethics and the Treaty of Waitangi principles as it relates to the digital industry.

This programme will help you to future-proof your career by developing your knowledge and understanding of digital technologies. We will support and encourage you to rethink old operating models, experiment more, and become more agile in your ability to meet changing business and market needs.

This programme is delivered fully online, with optional support through on-campus networking events, meetings and masterclasses.

Course Outline

What you'll cover in this course

For the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation, a student must complete the eight common 6-credit components and two elective 6-credit components to a total of 60 credits (at NZQF Level 8).


Upon successful completion of the requirements of the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation, students may opt to continue with the Postgraduate Diploma of Digital Transformation, and the the Master of Design beyond that.


(available from 2023)

Learners complete eight common 6-credit components and two 6-credit electives over one 14-week semester

Delivery hours

Average 8.6 hours of study per week per course for 7 weeks, made up of 5.6 hours of self-paced and 3 hours facilitated. Average of 43 learning hours per week.

Block 1 (7 weeks)

  • 28 hours of self-paced
  • 15 hours of facilitated 

Block 2 (7 weeks)

  • 28 hours of self-paced
  • 15 hours of facilitated 

Duration - Full time

Learners must complete all 10 components in 14 weeks



Learners studying part time can choose to do one to two courses in each 7-week block but must start with DT001 and end with DT006 (capstone).

Delivery hours

Average of 14 learning hours per week

One course:

  • 5.6 hours of self-paced
  • 3 hours facilitated (classes)

Two courses:

  • 11.2 hours of self-paced
  • 6 hours facilitated (classes)

Duration – Part time

Although learners can choose to study one or two courses per 7-week block, you must complete all ten courses within three 14-week semesters (or 1 year).

Students must complete the eight common 6-credit components; two elective 6-credit components to a total of 60 credits (at NZQF Level 8).

Component Name Credits Toggle
Digital Transformation
Design Thinking and Creative Intelligence
Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
User Experience
The Internet of Things
Cloud Computing
Agile Mindset
Dynamic Leadership
Human Centred Design
Secure by Design

Qualification Requirements

Qualifications you'll need for this course

  • A Bachelor's degree, with an average grade of B- or higher in all final-year components, in a relevant discipline (e.g. business or management studies)


  • A Bachelor’s degree, with an average grade of B- or higher in all final-year components, in an unrelated discipline, and a minimum of two years’ work experience that is relevant to the aim of this programme


  • Professional experience and documentary evidence of outcomes in the work environment that demonstrate an ability to perform in the programme and commit to achieving its outcomes (including a CV showing a minimum of six years relevant employment and recommendation letters from employers or professional colleagues).

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • All applicants need to provide a Personal Statement, written by the applicant, explaining why they believe they should study on the programme, their motivations and further career aspirations.
  • Admission for individuals without the required qualification will be based on the evaluation of documentary evidence (including the completed application form, an academic record, and a CV showing a minimum of six years employment, and a recommendation letter) of the individual applicant’s ability to undertake postgraduate study in Digital Transformation.
  • A personal interview may be required and will cover prior education (formal, informal and work based training), personal knowledge and experience of digital transformation and motivation for post graduate study.
  • All entry applications are assessed by the Programme Director.
  • Applicants without a Bachelor degree will also require formal approval by the Executive Dean.


Employment Pathways

Graduates who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate of Digital Transformation will be in the position to take on various strategic and digital leadership roles across a wide range of industries and sectors that have responsibility for managing digital transformation within an organisation.

Employment pathways will be determined by the graduates’ previous education, experience and choice of career. These roles could include: managers, supervisors, consultants, or strategists, in the areas of: general business or operations; or more specific areas such as marketing, finance, human resources, innovation, risk, strategy, and entrepreneurship.