GradDip Information Systems

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

Grad Dip Informaton 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.

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

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 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 knowledge of the foundations and key theories and principles associated with information systems and information management
  • 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
  • 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 ability to assess clients’ needs and then develop, provide and manage a range of socio-technical solutions appropriate for the clients’ context.
  • 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

GradDip Information Systems (W329) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7280
nonEU    fee per year - € 15070

GradDip Information Systems (W330) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4770
nonEU    fee per year - € 7540

***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.

  • 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.

Graduate Profile
Nour Mohammed Al Dawood,Saudi Arabia

I chose UCD because I believe it is the best university in Dublin and it is well known around the world. UCD has a great atmosphere, places to study quietly, friendly staff and classmates and good resources in the library and online. I’d say to other international students to apply to UCD because employers are looking to recruit students with an international outlook who are aware of other cultures and have the skills to work with colleagues, stakeholders and customers from around the world, and from my own experience Ireland is the best place to study in.

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Information Systems FT (W329)
1 Years
Full Time
Grad Dip Information Systems PT (W330)
2 Years
Part Time

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

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