Library & Information Studies

The Graduate Diploma of Library and Information Studies (GradDip) programme prepares graduates for work in a range of professional settings, including academic, public, and special libraries, as well as information-based roles in commercial, civic, health, and legal organisations. Our programmes instil professional ethics and social responsibility, foster lifelong continuing professional education, and provide opportunities for active engagement with diverse communities. The MLIS is an in person programme, structured to develop core professional competencies, as well as specialised knowledge and skills for librarians and information professionals. While the programme offers a generalist approach to suit multiple interests and aspirations, it is also possible to tailor learning to more specialised areas for particular career paths.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Management for Information Professionals IS40370
Org of Info, Cat & Metadata IS40520
Information & Reference Services IS40530
Applied Research Methods IS40940
Research and Practice in LIS IS41060

Stage 1 – Option
Archives and their Users - Advocacy and the Archives Gateway ARCV40040
Managing Records & Information in Public & Private Organisations ARCV40070
Archives Preservation ARCV41510
Web Publishing IS30020
People, Information & Communication: Our Information Behaviour IS40030
Research Practice IS40390
The Information Professional as Teacher IS40480
Digital Libraries IS40560
Children & Youth Info Services IS40570
Digital Curation:Core Concepts IS40630
Quantitative Data Analysis IS40730
Research Data Management IS40760
Data & Society IS40840
Scholarly Communication IS40900
AI & Ethics IS40970
Information Ethics IS41020
Informatics IS41090
iSchool Exchange IS41220
Digital Media Literacy IS41550

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies (GradDIpLIS) are:

-A minimum 2.2 award in a bachelor's degree (NFQ Level 8 or International equivalent)

-Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity, and motivation

-If you do not meet the academic requirements above you must provide additional information to be considered for admission as listed below

A letter of reference from an academic who has taught the applicant.
A statement describing their previous library experience, which must be a minimum of 5 years.
A letter from their work supervisor to confirm the length of experience, the nature of the experience as meeting professional library tasks.
​We recommend a minimum of 6 weeks’ experience working in a library or information environment before applying for the GradDip.

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

While applications are accepted up to August of the year of entry, offers are made to suitably qualified candidates on a first-come-first-served basis so early application is recommended. Entry to the programmes is very competitive and the number of places is limited.

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Library & Information Studies FT (W041)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

Grad Dip Library & Information Studies PT (W098)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

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


Grad Dip Library & Information Studies FT (W041): 1 year full-time
Grad Dip Library & Information Studies PT (W098): 2 years part-time.


Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
The Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies (GradDip) programme is designed to prepare university graduates for professional careers in Library and Information Studies. The MLIS and GradDip degrees are highly regarded internationally; the school's accreditation by the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) is recognised by library associations elsewhere, covering Australia, Canada, and the United States. Recent graduates have dynamic careers as Digital Learning Librarians, Literacy Specialists, Chief Information Officers, and Library Directors.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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