Information and Knowledge Management

Graduate diploma

Whether you want to get ahead in your career faster, or improve your knowledge, a Monash postgraduate degree can give you a distinct advantage.

All enterprises, whether in the private or public sector, need excellent information and knowledge strategies to succeed. The GradDipIKM educates information professionals for a range of careers in information and knowledge management. The course is designed to meet the requirements for professional accreditation from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM), and the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA). There are different structures for (a) librarians and related information professionals and (b) records managers and archivists.

For students looking to begin study in 2016

At a glance

Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
Off-campus: Full time & part time
Duration: 1 year (full time), 2 years (part time)
Start date: First Semester (February) Second Semester (July)
Qualification: Graduate Diploma in Information and Knowledge Management

Information about fees


This course prepares students who have a first qualification in another discipline area for professional careers in information and knowledge management. The course provides students with understanding of foundation information technology concepts and fundamental information and knowledge management principles, and develops further knowledge and understanding of one or more specialist areas within information and knowledge management (e.g. librarianship, records management, archival science, information architecture, knowledge management).

Study areas

Information And Knowledge Management

(a) Librarians and information specialists manage information and provide information services to clients in a wide range of contexts. They are concerned with analysing information needs, solving information problems, evaluating information sources, organising information, synthesising information into targeted information products, and training clients in the use of information products, services and systems. They work for commercial, government and community sector organisations, for information consultancies and as independent information brokers.

(b) Records managers and archivists ensure that vital records of social and organisational activity are created, managed and made available to business for accountability, corporate memory, enterprise knowledge and cultural purposes. Work settings include most major private and public sector organisations, and archival institutions. Knowledge managers are concerned with developing strategies and processes for managing organisational knowledge and knowledge flows to achieve organisational goals, enhance performance and add value. A particular concern is developing an environment conducive to the creation, sharing and application of organisational knowledge, and systems that support these processes.

Career opportunities

This course is designed for students who wish to qualify as librarians, records managers, archivists, information managers, knowledge managers and other information professionals who need a designated sequence of units for professional recognition purposes. Graduates of the GradDipIKM are expected to play leading professional roles in Australia and other countries.

Professional recognition (Australian)

Students who successfully complete the GradDipIKM in accordance with the structure outlined will be eligible for professional membership of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM), and the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA).

Speciality course

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements


The normal entry requirement is successful completion of a degree that is the equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree, not necessarily in an IT-related discipline, with at least a pass (50%) average.

The applicant's entire academic record can be taken into consideration when assessing eligibility for the course. Selection officers can place greater importance on studies which demonstrate ability to progress satisfactorily in an IT degree.

National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) guidelines on equivalency to Australian bachelor degrees will apply.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash

Current Monash students should apply for an internal transfer directly to the Faculty.

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash

Current Monash students should apply for an internal transfer directly to the Faculty.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 3340

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Domestic fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

For more information visit the faculty website