CAIS provides Masters and undergraduate level courses in Archives, Records Management and Family and Local History. We welcome applications from prospective students wishing to gain a professional qualification in this area, from those interested in taking short courses for continuing professional development or for interest and from those who wish to study at an introductory level.

All courses are delivered online in a fully supported learning environment. Students work together in small cohorts, guided by expert tutors and with extensive support from our administrative team. Coursework covers a mixture of both theory and practice and is intended to provoke debate and discussion. In the Family and Local History programmes the focus is on locating and interpreting archives and primary sources and understanding the historical context in which they were used. All courses are accredited by the Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland and by the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia.

Masters Programmes in Recordkeeping

Enrol on our MLitt/MSc programme and gain an accredited professional qualification. The Masters degree offers a range of core modules which provide students with an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of archival and records management functions and with the practical skills necessary to work in this sector. A wide range of optional modules gives you the opportunity to broaden this knowledge or to focus on specialisms whether these be electronic records or Latin and palaeography.The Masters programme is also available to international students as an MSc (Master of Science). A Diploma and Postgraduate Certificates are also available.

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Short courses for Continuing Professional Development

Choose to update your theoretical or practical knowledge or to learn new skills. CAIS offers over 30 modules, each lasting 9 or 15 weeks, which can be taken singly for continuing professional development or just for interest.

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Undergraduate level introductory courses

Aimed at prospective students looking for a basic introduction to core archival skills, these courses will give you the skills necessary to start managing archives, delivering outreach programmes or undertaking digitisation and digital preservation projects.

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Family and Local History options

Choose from Masters, Diploma or Certificate level programmes, take single modules lasting 9 or 15 weeks looking at particular record types or skills, or enroll on one of our short introductory courses. 

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