Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation

Up to 2 years part-time
NZQF Level 8 (60 credits)

Start Dates
Course Fees (Year 1. See fees information.)
Domestic $5,179.00 NZD
Admission Requirements

Refer to Entry Criteria below

Portfolio Requirements


Study Options

Study online

Industry partnerships

Trans-Tasman Business Circle

Trans-Tasman Business Circle




American Chamber of Commerce


Become a digital transformation leader

What is unique about this programme is that it has been created in collaboration with leading innovative organisations for working adults, developed in response to the increasing need for creative and agile approaches, cultures and leadership across all types and levels of organisations. This programme provides a sound understanding of the digital technologies, capabilities and mindsets needed not only to survive, but thrive, in a rapidly changing and increasingly uncertain and volatile world.

Components include:

  • Digital Transformation (Introduction)
  • Design Thinking
  • Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Agile Mindset
  • Cybersecurity
  • Dynamic Leadership
  • Cloud Computing
  • Human-Centred Design
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

Why should I study a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation?

You’ll gain the understanding, skills and mindsets to gain deeper insights into your organisation and industry sector, creatively solve problems, and develop innovative solutions through leveraging emerging technologies. Integral to this programme are Mātauranga Māori, Māori ethics and Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles – as they relate to organisations and digital transformations in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Prime candidates for this programme are those in leadership or management positions within any organisation, and at any level,  looking to upskill or transition in their career to become transformational leaders or change agents. We’ll support and encourage you to rethink old operating models, be more experimental and creative, and become more agile in your ability to respond to continuously changing demands.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation is fully online, with optional support through on-campus networking events, meetings, workshops and library. Please note that this programme is not available for international students residing overseas.

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Course Outline

For the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation, you must complete all ten 6-credit components to a total of 60 credits (at NZQF Level 8).

If you have previously completed any (or all) of our five 6-credit micro-credentials – i.e., Digital Transformation, Design Thinking, User Experience, Agile Mindset or Data Analytics and AI – these can be credited towards your  Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation.

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation, you will have the option to continue with the Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Transformation, and the Master of Digital Transformation beyond that.


Students need to complete all 10 components that make up the Postgraduate Certificate to a total of 60 credits (at NZQF Level 8). Each component runs for one 7-week block (half a 14-week Trimester). However, you need to start with the DT001: Digital Transformation component and end with the DT006: Internet of Things (capstone) component.

Study time commitments

One component:

  • 8.6 learning hours per week
  • 5.6 self-directed learning hours
  • 3 facilitated learning hours (includes live online sessions)

Two components:

  • 17.2 learning hours per week
  • 11.2 self-directed learning hours
  • 6 facilitated learning hours (includes live online sessions)


Although you can choose to study one or more components per 7-week block, you will need to complete all 10 components that make up the Postgraduate Certificate within 2 academic years (6 x 14-week Trimesters). This allows for flexibility – around work and other commitments – for you to vary the number of components you take at one time, and also to take a break form study if you need to.

You need to complete all 10 components that make up the Postgraduate Certificate to a total of 60 credits (at NZQF Level 8).

* Also offered as stand-alone micro-credentials

Component Name Credits Toggle
Digital Transformation *
Design Thinking *
Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence *
User Experience *
Agile Mindset *
Internet of Things (IoT)
Cloud Computing
Dynamic Leadership
Human Centred Design

Entry Criteria

What you'll need for this course

  • A Bachelor degree or Graduate Certificate or Diploma in a relevant discipline (e.g. business or management studies)


  • A Bachelor degree or Graduate Certificate/Diploma 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).

All applicants need to provide a Personal Statement explaining why they believe they should study on the programme, their motivations and further career aspirations. A personal interview may be required and will cover prior education, personal knowledge and experience of digital transformation and motivation for post graduate study.


Employment Pathways

Graduates who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation will be in the position to take on various strategic and digital transformation leadership roles within teams, departments, organisations and communities across a wide range of industries and sectors.

Employment pathways will be partly determined by the graduates’ previous education, experience and choice of career. These roles could include team leaders, project managers, product owners, managers, supervisors, consultants, or strategists across a wide range of areas, including general business or operations, marketing, finance, people and culture, customer experience, innovation, risk, strategy, product and service development, and entrepreneurship.

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