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Information and Library Science

Graduate diploma

Gain the knowledge and skills to work as an information specialist or a librarian in a range of organisations.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Science
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Special Study Period 1, 2023

8 August 2022

Applications now closed!

Special Study Period 2, 2023

Applications now open!

11 May 2023

Special Study Period 3, 2023

8 May 2023

10 August 2023

Special Study Period 1, 2024

7 August 2023

8 February 2024

Special Study Period 2, 2024

4 March 2024

9 May 2024

Special Study Period 3, 2024

6 May 2024

8 August 2024

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Why study Information and Library Science at Curtin?

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.



This information is relevant for students commencing study in 2023. If you plan to commence study in 2022, please view the current offering.

Information professionals connect data, information and knowledge to a range of users, constituting vital roles in corporate, government and non-profit workplaces.

In this course you will gain a strong understanding of the concepts that underpin information science and learn the technologies, techniques and tools used in information management and service environments. You'll also complete a three-week practicum in a library or information centre, gaining real-world experience and the opportunity to develop your professional networks.

Overall, you'll acquire the knowledge and skills to think and work as an information specialist or a librarian in diverse organisations, including in public, academic and special libraries.

This course is one year full-time and is also a pathway to the Master of Information Science and the Master of Information Science (Extended).


Instead of being delivered in semesters, this course is delivered across four study periods each year:

  • Special Study Period 1: March–May
  • Special Study Period 2: June–August
  • Special Study Period 3: September–November
  • Special Study Period 4: December–February

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How this course will make you industry ready

This course includes a three-week practicum placement in a library or information centre, where you'll gain real-world experience and have the opportunity to develop your professional networks.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of the theory, principles and practices in information science and library science
  • generate creative and innovative solutions to complex issues facing professionals in the library sector
  • access, adapt, and create information and technologies to communicate with diverse stakeholders
  • engage in ethical and culturally capable information practices within local, regional and international contexts
  • recognise, respect and support diverse cultures and knowledges with particular awareness of Indigenous perspectives
  • demonstrate personal autonomy, accountability and collaboration in professional library practice that reflects high ethical and moral standards

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Applicants require a minimum of a three year bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary education provider. The course relies on technology skills, so applicants must be competent in word processing and the use of the internet, including web browsing software, before starting the course.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.

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For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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