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Information Systems

GradDip Information Systems

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

Grad Dip Informaton Systems, is about capturing, organising, protecting, archiving, and appropriately disseminating information critical to an organization's success.
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.

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.

Highly developed ability to assess clients' needs and then develop, provide and manage a range of socio-technical solutions appropriate for the clients' context.

Highly developed knowledge of the foundations and key theories and principles associated with information systems and information management

Highly developed knowledge of professional issues underpinning the information profession, including the evolving roles of information professionals

Highly developed understanding of information technology and social computing, including its limitation, strengths and future possibilities, and issues in a constantly changing a complex world of information

Highly developed competencies with information management

Highly developed human management abilities, including personal and organisational management skills

Highly developed abilities to learn, adapt and respond to continuous change in different environments

Highly developed collaborative and team-based learning competencies, demonstrating effective interpersonal and leadership skills

Highly developed communication skills, including written and verbal skills, which facilitate the graduate's participation and development in professional careers

Excellent personal organisation and time management skills

Highly developed research project competencies, providing the basis to develop, manage and implement the research project process and research projects in a professional context

Highly developed abilities to identify problems and to address problems through the use of published research and research and design methods

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.


1 year full time, 2 years part time.

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

Graduates will be qualified to work in industry, government, universities and NGOs in roles such as:•Web content manager

•Social media manager
•Knowledge management analyst
•Digital publisher
•Information architect

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Claire Nolan
Contact Number:353 01 716 7055

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Information Architecture: Designing the Web

Management for Information Professionals

Research Methods

Foundations of Info Studies

UXD: User-Centered Design

Quantitative Data Analysis

Stage 1 - Option

Human Language Technologies

Human Computer Interaction

Introduction to Cognitive Scie

Web Publishing

Managing Information Technology for Information Professionals

The Digital Self

Information Ethics

Digital Storytelling

System Analysis & Design

Digital Libraries

Research Study

Digital Curation Tools

Digital Curation:Core Concepts

Application date

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

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Information Systems FT (W329)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

Grad Dip Information Systems PT (W330)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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