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Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • One semester
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $3,670*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 8
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus or Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


This programme is for those who want to build on their enterprise experience, with flexibility in time or place of study. Students will gain skills and expertise highly valued in a workplace or research environment, including developing an understanding of the transdisciplinary research approach and the critical reframing of a real-world problem.

There are no formal classes. Students will be guided through the programme by an academic lead supervisor and will have access to an industry mentor. Students will also be embedded in a community of practice, supported by supervision and mentorship, with access to a national and international network of researchers. Students will be part of a group and will enrich their learning through regular seminars, presentations, extensive online resources and workshops.

This framework will ensure students are well supported in all academic aspects as well as allowing them to gain valuable insights into the business environment the project is undertaken in.

This programme is managed and delivered by Design Factory NZ.

View programme modules

Table A - Compulsory modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
TDRI801Transdisciplinary Research Theoretical Framework


Table B - Elective modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
TDRI802Transdisciplinary Research Problem Framing

Career/further opportunities

There are growing career opportunities for professional workplace-based innovators and applied researchers Students will gain skills and expertise highly valued in a workplace or research environment, including developing an understanding of the transdisciplinary research approach and the critical reframing of a real-world problem. They will be able to establish a research plan based on this understanding and knowledge gained. Graduates will be able to use this qualification for their professional development and to develop the skills required to undertake new roles within a business or group.

Those who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation with a B grade average or above and whose research plan has been approved by Wintec and the industry partner for implementation will be eligible to enter the Master of Applied Innovation programme.


Entry criteria

General academic admission

Candidates must have gained either:

  • An undergraduate degree conferred by a New Zealand tertiary education institution with a mark average of B (65 %) or above in the final year of study; or
  • A qualification, industry experience and/or assessment of prior learning approved as equivalent by the Programme Committee.

Selection criteria

a) Candidates must also:

  i. Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent practical and theoretical research at a minimum level equivalent to a level 7 Bachelor’s research project. This will be demonstrated by successfully completing all three components of the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) with 75 % or above. The TNA consists of:

  • The Online Training Needs Analysis
  • Submission of a professional and research evidence portfolio
  • An entry interview with the Team Manager Postgraduate (or delegate) and one approved academic supervisor of the Postgraduate Certificate

  ii. Have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience or a portfolio of industry embedded innovation or entrepreneurship projects that demonstrate the ability to co-create or be fit for purpose.

  iii. Have a research theme or problem approved by Wintec

  iv. Sign appropriate agreements and to be willing to comply with agreed protocols related to the research project;

  v. Submit all their application documentation in English. 

b) Entry into the programme is subject to adequate resourcing; the provision of academic supervision, industry mentorship, pastoral care as well as technical resources;

c) All application and enrolment decisions will be presented and ratified by the Centre’s Programme Committee.


English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; or equivalent.

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Date: Tuesday 23 July 2024
Time: 1pm-2.30pm
Venue: Design Factory NZ, City Campus

What you will need

Please bring a pen, notebook, or device to take notes on.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

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