Graduate Diploma in Informatics - Business Law and Social Sciences

Preparation for Masters degrees in areas such as Information Science, e-Business Systems, Electronic Publishing, Library Science. The Graduate Diploma combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into a university Masters degree.

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Minimum entry requirements

Course format

  • Length of study: 3 terms
  • Hours per week: 20
  • Maximum class size: 14
  • Typical student age: 20 - 27
  • Typical student mix:
    40% European, 50% Far Eastern, 10% Other

Dates and fees

  • Start dates:
    • 22 Sep 2014
    • 5 Jan 2015
  • Tuition fees: 13995.00 GBP
  • Compulsory fees

    • Our admin fee: 49 GBP
    • Enrolment fee: 150.00 GBP
    • Textbooks: 200.00 GBP
  • Other expenses:


The Graduate Diploma in Informatics is your gateway to a Masters degree in areas including Business Systems Analysis and Design, Electronic Publishing and Information Management. You will study a range of academic courses, English language and varied study skills.

Why apply for the Graduate Diploma Programme?

  • Guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • A quality-assured university programme
  • World-class facilities in a new Study Centre
  • A conditional offer of a place on a designated postgraduate degree at City University London
  • Intensive English tuition
  • Professional support and guidance with your university application
  • A highly supportive study environment with small classes for maximum student teacher interaction

Who should apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

The Graduate Diploma is suitable for international students who need an introduction to the study of a subject in preparation to study it at postgraduate level, or to upgrade qualifications if you have studied a 3 year Diploma in a relevant subject.

The Graduate Diploma is also suitable for those that want to increase or update their subject knowledge or those that need to improve their English language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.

Study modules

English Language and Communication Skills

You will improve you grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, as well as develop your academic abilities in written work, presentations and partaking in discussion.

Research Skills

This module will provide you with a basic understanding of the nature of enquiry, developing your ability to access and analyse data. A large part of the module involves analysing and interpreting existing data from various fields of research. You will also be introduced to the theoretical and practical differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Independent Project

The compulsory research project brings together the skills and understanding from other modules. The research can be based on primary or secondary research and allows you to practice core skills necessary for postgraduate level study.


Study modules

Critical Information Systems

This module provides an overview of the main concepts and principles of organisational information technologies in critical systems, and an understanding of how data knowledge and management operate.

Empirical Enquiry and Critical Thought

This module explores the relationship of theoretical models to empirical studies, the ways in which primary supporting data is collected and analysed, and the philosophical grounds of rationalism and empiricism.

How will I be assessed?

Entry to all postgraduate degrees at City University London is highly competitive and students hoping to study at postgraduate level must maintain high standards throughout their Graduate Diploma programme.

Whilst grades in the Graduate Diploma programme do not count towards your postgraduate degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the criteria for entry to your chosen postgraduate degree programme at the University.

Assessment is both formal and informal, designed to help students build on their successes and meet requirements for entry to postgraduate study.

Assessment of English language and communication skills will be based on:

  • Written assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Interviews
  • Written examinations.

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • Written assignments / essays and reports
  • Group project work
  • Oral presentations
  • Written examinations.

Progression to City University London

If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma, and meet the specified course requirements you are guaranteed a place on a Master’s course in your area of study at City University London.

This course leads to the following Masters degrees at City University London:

  • MSc Business Systems Analysis and Design
  • MSc e-Business Systems
  • MSc Electronic Publishing
  • MSc Information Management in the Cultural Sector
  • MSc Information Systems and Technology
  • MSc Information Science
  • MSc Library Science
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