Information Systems

GradDip Information Systems
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
Grad Dip Information Systems brings together aspects of information technology, data analytics, information & communication studies with a firm grounding in social science. Students will gain an understanding of informatics and will explore the impact of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence on society.
The course is flexible allowing for different areas of specialisation. For instance, students may focus on human-computer interaction, organising information or on using machine learning to mine information from data.
• UCD School of Information & Library Studies is an active member of the iSchools consortium – a global collection of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field and sharing a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology.

Vision and Values Statement
The GradDip in Information Systems introduces students to core disciplines integral to the deep exploration of the practical and theoretical issues related to the design and deployment of human centered information systems. The degree incorporates a strong interdisciplinary and human-centered focus, combining theory and practice-based perspectives from across a range of disciplines. We envisage students to become critical thinkers as to the role of the human within the development and design of interfaces and systems and impact that technology has upon individuals, organisations and society.

The learning environment of the programme encourages the development of research and design as well as analytical and group work skills. Students conduct a range of individual and group based assignments that focus on key theoretical, research and design based challenges in human centered computing.

The programme engages students primarily through lectures, online learning exercises and group work as well as individual assignments.

Note that, unlike the MSc Information Systems, students on this programme do not complete a final year thesis or capstone project.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
• Quantitative Data Analysis - IS40730
• Data & Society - IS40840
• Project Management - IS40890
• Informatics - IS41090
• Artificial Intelligence - IS41100

Stage 1 - Option
• Human Language Technologies - COMP40020
• Introduction to Cognitive Scie - COMP47230
• Digital Storytelling - IS30380
• Digital Libraries - IS40560
• UXD: User-Centered Design - IS40610
• Research Theory and Practice - IS40820
• Media & Society - IS40860
• Topics in Digital Media & Comm - IS40870
• Communication Theory - IS40880
• Digital Policy - IS40910
• Media Production Cultures - IS40950
• Digital Policy II - IS40960
• Social Networks Online and Offline - IS40980
• Information Ethics - IS41020
• Platform Governance - IS41050
• Media Law & Policy - IS41190
• Creative & Interactive Media - IS41230

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
• This programme is intended for applicants with a degree in any discipline. An upper second class honours or international equivalent is required.
• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip Information Systems FT (W329)
Deadline: Rolling*

Grad Dip Information Systems PT (W330)
Deadline: Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No


1 year full time, 2 years part time.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Graduates will be qualified to work in industry, government, universities and NGOs in roles such as:
• Web content manager
• Social media manager
• Webmaster
• Knowledge management analyst
• Digital publisher
• Information architect

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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