Programmes – DILS

Diploma in Information and Library Science (DILS)

About the Programme

The Diploma produces competent and effective information managers and providers with ICT applications in an ever- changing information environment. These graduates are demanded in the information and library market in government, private and non-governmental organizations, libraries, media houses and information and documentation centers. The programme is available in the College of Natural and Applied Science (CoNAS) under the Department of Informatics and Information Technology (DIIT). It is delivered on a full-time basis for a minimum duration of 2 years.

Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end programme, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of key concepts, principles and theories in information and library
  2. Exhibit the ability to manage small and medium-sized libraries and documentation and information centres.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use ICT applications in managing and providing information and library services
  4. Show awareness of contemporary and emerging issues in information and library science.

Join and learn to manage the knowledge centres in actual and virtual context.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this diploma programme work as records managers, knowledge managers, science communicators, archivists, librarians and information managers. They will also work as information brokers, content writers and editors, trainers in the information science field, researchers in the field and social media analysts. Prospective employees include libraries, archives, records centres, registries, news houses, publishers and other content developers.

Admission Requirements

Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education with at least one Principal Pass in one of the following: Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Science and Practice of Agriculture, Geography, Economics, Commerce, History, English, French and Kiswahili OR Certificate in Librarianship/ or other relevant disciplines with a minimum of 2nd class and Ordinary Certificate of Secondary Education passes in at least 4 subjects.


TShs. 900,000 per year

Applicants should apply directly to SUA using the SUA online admission system or Click Apply Online (Undergraduate)” button on the SUA website.


Semester 1

Core courses: Computer Applications, Introduction to Library and Information Science, Principles of Information Management, Information Literacy, Publishing and Book Trade, Communication Skills I

Elective courses: Basic Mathematics, Principles of Development, Principles of Records Management

Semester 2

Core courses: Introduction to Statistics, Cataloguing and Classification I, Collection Development, Knowledge Management, Communication Skills II

Elective courses: Desktop Publishing, Managing Archives, Contemporary Issues in Library and Information Services

Semester 3

Core courses: Introduction to Database Management, Project 1: Research Methods and Proposal Development, Infopreneurship, Introduction to Web Publishing, Cataloging and Classification II

Elective courses: Computer Networking, Principles of Management, Digitisation of information Resources

Semester 4

Core courses: Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Management, Marketing of Information Services, Abstracting and Indexing, Library Automation and Institutional Repositories, Research Project II

Elective courses: Policy and Planning for Information Services, Rural information services, Information Technology and Society.

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