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We believe in harnessing the power of technology to make a positive impact on society.

As a greenfield university conceived and designed post-Google, post-Amazon and in a very different way to any of Australia’s existing universities, technology has always been a key part of who we are. It is embedded in our curriculum, our research, and our approach to teaching and learning.

For us, our online capabilities have not come as an afterthought, they have been integrated across all elements of the university from the outset.

Online education is part of how we work, how we live, how we connect and create communities. It is fundamental to quality higher education, and invariably it has become essential. It is also connected to a universal mission grounded in a key United Nations Sustainable Development Goal – inclusive, quality education for all.

But our tech story is not just about online learning. It’s about collaboration, innovation and being leaders in the global tech up movement.

Through our tech partnerships, we ensure our students are in step with the highest industry standards.

We are leaders in the global conversation around Artificial Intelligence through our research output.

With this new world just beginning, we will continue to find ways to innovate, connect, and offer help, support and critical compassion.

Our online capability

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Dynamic study options
Depending on your course, you can move between online and on-campus study each intake or choose blended learning when possible.

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On-demand access
Review course content in your own time, with 24/7 access to recordings, videos and team chats, testing your knowledge through online quizzes.

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Personalised attention
As an online student, you’ll receive guidance from academics, learning facilitators and Success Coaches. We use the latest technology, including Microsoft Teams, to help you stay connected.

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Ultimate flexibility
With the option to study full or part time and all your course materials online in MyLearn, our new learning platform, you can tailor your study to suit your lifestyle.

Innovation and industry

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Wynyard Quarter in NZ

Our research capability

The future of Artificial Intelligence is exciting and daunting. AI techniques are powerful, and many businesses and organisations now use it to achieve their goals.

This is why we founded the Torrens University Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Optimisation (AIRO). The centre is recognised globally for our work in the areas of Computational Intelligence, Swarm Intelligence and Machine Learning.

AIRO Director, Associator Professor Seyedali (Ali) Mirjalili, made the annual global list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2019. He develops general-purpose problem solving and optimisation algorithms by mathematically modelling and simulating such natural principles (‘swarm intelligence’) in computers to solve some of the most challenging problems we face in the current century.

Professor Mirjalili also drives research in the area of Machine Learning, which makes the computer capable of learning from experiences in a similar manner to humans.

Media Design School has a reputation as New Zealand's most awarded tertiary institute for digital and creative technology by creating work that is consistently regarded among the very best in the world. And in 2021, MDS has began the move to a new physical space placing our students at the epicentre of New Zealand’s creative tech industry.

Media Design School’s new home is a state-of-the-art, 5* Green Rated, custom-built property in the heart of Auckland’s thriving Wynyard Quarter, known as the Innovation Precinct. Wynyard is home to NZ’s biggest tech players – including Datacom and IBM – as well as GRID AKL, a co-working space popular with some of the most exciting tech start-ups. This will create enormous opportunities for networking, which is key building a career.


Our partnerships with tech companies ensure our students are competitive on a global scale. Cloud computing and data science are areas of enormous growth, and are highly relevant and important for organisations worldwide. In partnership with IBM and Amazon, we offer authorised cloud computing and data science courses designed to help students acquire the skills and credentials needed to successfully join the cloud IT workforce.

In collaboration with IBM, our artificial intelligence courses, have been designed to provide technical, creative and problem-solving skills required to succeed in a specialist software engineering role.
AWS Academy
We are an Amazon Web Services Academy member which grants us access to leading edge technologies and endorsed curriculum from AWS. AWS provide us with updated curriculum and access to expensive technical resources at no cost which enables the students to work on real world environments.

Our online study offers

At Torrens University, online education has always been on par with face-to-face learning.

Why? The university was designed so that every student has a choice to learn when and where they choose.

Online was never considered a supplementary addition. It had to be part of the offering from the beginning. It had to carry the same status and promise, the same quality as the face-to-face learning option.

All of our programs are designed to be online first, passing through the same regulatory and accreditation processes as face-to-face programs. All subjects are designed requiring the same amount of study time, study methods, peer collaboration as well as providing live interactive components.

We also offer many opportunities for continuous, life-long learning used by professionals, mid-careerists, the return-to-work workforce and the many who are catching up or exploring new horizons.

Tristan Garces - Diploma of Interior Design student testimonial
I did all my study online. I loved being able to access all the content and material that was there and just jump straight into doing what I love which is creating and developing spaces.
Tristan Garces
Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration
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On-Demand Short courses
Our online short-courses mean you don't have to leave your house to learn a little about happiness, leadership, well-being or a wide range of other topics. Our short courses are bite sized and suitable for just-in-time delivery. By providing these important courses and our expertise in online delivery, we are living up to our commitment to the academic community, and to society more broadly.
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Massive Online Open Courses
Our Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are available to people located anywhere in the world - with no minimum education requirements and no limit to the number of people who can participate. These courses are undertaken on-demand within a set time frame.

Virtual events

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Virtual Careers Expo
In 2020 we launched the inaugural Virtual Careers Expo series in Australia and New Zealand, firmly establishing Torrens University as a pre-eminent force in online student engagement and a fantastic success story of collaboration among higher education institutions.
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Virtual Orientation
In our Virtual Orientations, we take all the elements of a usual student orientation to create a virtual experience, using the same innovative platform as the Virtual Careers Expo. Students get all the same value of a face-to-face orientation without having to leave their homes.
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