What is the Centre for Archive and Information Studies?

The Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS) at the University of Dundee is the leading international provider of professional educational programmes in recordkeeping, family and local history and related disciplines by online distance learning. Since 2004 over 1000 individuals have undertaken professional education or training with CAIS. 

CAIS offers the following online postgraduate qualifications in archival science, records management, information rights, digital preservation, and family and local history:

 With several degree pathways consisting of more than 35 courses, all written and taught by international expert practitioners and archival educators, the quality and breadth of CAIS provision is unrivalled. We also offer undergraduate introductory modules and short non-accredited courses in family and local history. 

The excellence of CAIS programmes has been recognised by academic and professional accreditation from the University of Dundee, Records & Information Management Professionals Australasia and the Archives & Records Association, UK & Ireland. CAIS has also been highly commended by the Information & Records Management Society, UK.

CAIS also provides bespoke onsite training. More information is available on request.

CAIS staff participate in a number of national and international professional and academic organisations. Tutors have a wide range of research interests and the Centre has developed a global interdisciplinary research network focusing on aspects of recordkeeping in the context of memories, identities and communities.

What does CAIS Offer?

Professional recordkeeping degrees @ CAIS

CAIS offers fully supported online distance learning programmes leading to Masters degrees and Diplomas in Archives and/or Records Management. The degrees are designed to be undertaken by those working or volunteering in relevant professional environments. Each component course is written and tutored by expert international practitioners and educators, and examines the theoretical frameworks, national and international standards and practical knowledge required to work as a professional recordkeeper.

Certificates and CPD @ CAIS 

For anyone seeking to update their skills or acquire new knowledge, CAIS offers one-year postgraduate certificates and short courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Single modules at undergraduate level are also available. 

Family and Local History @ CAIS

CAIS offers a range of programmes and courses in Family and Local History including full Masters degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. Single modules in subjects such as Latin and palaeography are also available and it is possible to take non-accredited short 6 week courses.

Research degrees @ CAIS

CAIS provides opportunities for doctoral research, in archives, records management, family and local history and related subjects.