New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Level 6)

Programme highlights

­­Graduates with the skills to secure Information Technology (IT) systems are in high demand.

Make sure you have the right skills to advance your career in IT security. You will learn how to manage and secure databases and networks and skills in finding and fixing problems. When you graduate, you will be ready for a well-paid job in IT support or systems administration. You will also have the skills to quickly move into more advanced roles, such as senior system administrator or application support analyst.

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Key facts

Start Month(s) February, May, July, October
Study Location(s) MIT Manukau
Level 6
Domestic fees $6,800 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code NZ2601

One year (full-time) or part-time

Study Method Full-time, Part-time
Credits 120
International Fees NZD$23,000 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not Available
Qualification New Zealand Diploma

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Entry requirements


Open entry for Domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

International students: English Language Entry Requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:

Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

International students

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Career opportunities

This programme was developed after wide consultation with schools, industry, and community stakeholders to include cutting edge information and communication technologies, IT knowledge and skills. This combination of technical and core skills will prepare you for employment in a range of IT technical support roles or as a pathway more advanced roles or further study.

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to gain employment in entry level roles such as IT technician, help desk, Tier 1 and 2 desktop support, systems administration, or in applications support. Graduates also have the background to progress into more advanced roles such as senior system administrator or application support analyst roles.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below eight courses (120 credits):

561.645 Professional Practice in IT (15 credits)

Provide you with the skills and knowledge expected of an IT Professional and give them the opportunity to develop attributes appropriate for working in the IT industry.

561.647 Information Security (15 credits)

Demonstrate an understanding of the information security principles, analyse the requirements and implement security measures to meet organizational requirements.

562.616 Automated System Deployment (15 credits)

Plan, implement and troubleshoot an automated system and application software deployment to support efficient organisational operations.

562.617 Messaging and Services (15 credits)

Implement and administer a messaging and collaboration service in a network infrastructure and apply service management processes to comply with organisational requirements.

563.683 Change and Project Management in IT (15 credits)

Students will able to work in a diverse project team to achieve project outcomes based on an IT client project brief, and critically self-reflect on their personal and team performance.

565.689 Advanced Server Services (15 credits)

Demonstrate an understanding of the data storage options and implement a server-based infrastructure with advanced features and data storage to support organisational requirements.

565.690 Network Infrastructure (15 credits)

Implement and administer a network infrastructure with associated services and protocols to meet organisational requirements.

565.691 Directory Services (15 credits)

Plan, implement and manage a directory service with the protocols, supporting services, and replication mechanisms to meet organizational requirements.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the digital technologies calendar.

Further training or study

Information is correct as at October 2019. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.