Explore the range of study options offered by the School of Information Management, and the career paths they lead into.


School of Information Management

Location: Level 4, Room 431, Rutherford House
Tel: 04 463 5103

Why you should study at the School of Information Management

Whether you are looking to take the first step into tertiary education, or are already in the workforce and looking to expand your horizons with postgraduate qualifications, the School of Information Management (SIM) at Victoria University of Wellington is where you need to be.

You will be taught by leading international experts who:

  • regularly feature in leading journals such as MIS Quarterly, Sloan Management Review, Library and Information Research and Journal of Documentation
  • have won prizes for top conference papers on the international circuit and awards for teaching excellence
  • encourage you to publish the results of projects whenever possible
  • actively mentor you to achieve your utmost potential.

Flexible, practical courses that get results

From the moment you enrol in one of our courses, you become part of the SIM family. Help and guidance will always be available to you, including assistance with course selection, study methods, career path choice, and any other query or issue that you want to discuss.

The quality of our courses will ensure you are qualified with the most relevant knowledge to equip you for a place in the international workforce.

Undergraduate study

Our philosophy is to provide students with knowledge and skills in the effective and efficient design, delivery and use of information systems, together with an awareness of the continuing developments in the field of information technology and electronic commerce, and their impact on organisations and society.

Your learning experience will include lectures, workshops, tutorials, and online resources. There is help from our tutors, who will work with you in smaller and more informal groups, giving you the best possible support to achieve your academic goals. The key to your success is in the mix of theory, research and practical experience in our programmes.

As a student at SIM, you will enjoy invitations to industry technical talks and presentations, so that you are totally in touch with developments in the real world. On some courses you have the opportunity to actually work in industry.

Information Systems options

Find out about studying Information Systems at an undergraduate level, and explore the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) with an Information Systems major.

Students ready to take their undergraduate degree a step further can also consider studying Information Systems at a postgraduate level.

Taught Master's & postgraduate research programmes

The information environment is moving fast. Today's information professionals need more than mere technical knowledge to move with the changing workplace and the need to adapt and exploit new technologies.

Taught Master's programmes

Our taught Master's programmes will give you the research background to dig deeper, see further, anticipate developments, and set in place best practice frameworks.

Master of Information Studies

The Information Studies Programmes offer broadly-based, technology focused qualifications for information professionals, with content and structure designed to equal the best in North America, the UK, and Australia. The boundaries between librarians, archivists, records managers, and knowledge managers are disappearing, so qualifications in the Information Studies Programmes will give you a core set of skills and knowledge needed across all these professions, while also allowing you to focus on specific professional competencies for your initial career path.

Master of Professional Business Analysis

The Master of Professional Business Analysis (MBusAn) degree is designed for people in disciplines outside information technology who want to become business analysts, most likely in new roles in their original field. Graduates will be able to apply their understanding of their field of expertise to develop IT solutions for a workplace and be able to recommend appropriate solutions, based on sound, evidence-led decision-making skills grounded in fundamental principles of academic research and real-world exposure.

Research degrees

MCom in Information Systems

A Master's level research by thesis degree in Information Systems (INFO 591 Information Systems Thesis) is for graduates who want a fast track into leadership positions as information systems professionals -- as IS consultants, directors or managers, chief information officers, IS policy analysts, consultants in e-Commerce, project managers. It is also appropriate for those wishing to pursue further research in our PhD programme.

PhD programme

The School of Information Management offers PhD study in these disciplines:

  • Information Systems; e-Commerce; e-Government (INFO 690)
  • Library and Information Studies (INFO 691)