GradDip Library & Information Studies

Academic Year 2019/2020

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

The Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies programme is designed to prepare university graduates for professional careers in library and information work.
  • It gives students access to a wide range of careers in libraries and the information industry.
  • It has an inter-disciplinary content, spanning both theory and practice.
  • It is open to graduates of all disciplines. 

Careers & Employability

Our Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies (GradDIpLIS) programme allows students to earn degrees that are accredited by professional organizations. These degrees qualify students to work as library and information professionals. The Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree has greater international recognition and is the recommended qualification for those students who are eligible to apply for it.

Please check the Online Applications pages.

Curricular information is subject to change


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 Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies provides students with an opportunity for advanced graduate study and an introduction to research in Information and Library Studies.

The UCD School of Information and Communication Studies strives to educate students to become the leaders, policy makers, and designers of information systems and services in the evolving information society. The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and the Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies (GradDip) programmes instill professional ethics and social responsibility, foster lifelong continuing professional education, and provide opportunities for active engagement with diverse communities. Our modules are offered in face-to-face, blended, and online classrooms. Reflective practices and collaborative work constitute the core of our learning activities.

  • Articulate knowledge of the key concepts, theories, and issues in library and information studies
  • Discuss the evolving role of information professionals in cultural, corporate, governmental, and non-governmental institutions
  • Develop and evaluate information lifecycle, including information seeking, evaluation, use, organisation and management
  • Assess users’ needs in diverse information environments and meeting community and societal needs, including information behaviour, users studies, needs analysis and other forms of active engagement
  • Engage in discussion pertaining to ethical, technical and technological issues associated with information acquisition, management, presentation and use
  • Demonstrate management and teamwork competencies, including project management and leadership
  • Use traditional and digital media effectively, including oral presentations, poster presentations, and social media
  • Demonstrate research competencies to develop, manage, and implement research in a professional context
  • Articulate knowledge of the key concepts, theories, and issues in library and information studies
  • Assess users’ needs in diverse information environments and meeting community and societal needs, including information behaviour, users studies, needs analysis and other forms of active engagement
  • Demonstrate management and teamwork competencies, including project management and leadership
  • Demonstrate research competencies to develop, manage, and implement research in a professional context
  • Develop and evaluate information lifecycle, including information seeking, evaluation, use, organisation and management
  • Discuss the evolving role of information professionals in cultural, corporate, governmental, and non-governmental institutions
  • Engage in discussion pertaining to ethical, technical and technological issues associated with information acquisition, management, presentation and use
  • Use traditional and digital media effectively, including oral presentations, poster presentations, and social media

GradDip Library & Information Studies (W041) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 6125
nonEU    fee per year - € 12800

GradDip Library & Information Studies (W098) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4005
nonEU    fee per year - € 6400

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies (GradDIpLIS)

You will need:

  • A primary (bachelor's) degree in any subject with a minimum award of second class honours, Grade 2.
  • A minimum of 6 weeks experience working in a library or information environment.
  • 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.
  • Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation.

The following entry routes are available: