The Archives and Records Management programme is aimed at those wishing to work, or currently working, in the archives and records management sector either in the UK or overseas. It is accredited by the Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland and by the Records and Information Management Professionals Australia and provides a professional qualification.

The available pathways are:

The range of modules offered ensure students are equipped to work in a variety of environments including traditional archive offices, the digital sector, national or international contexts, and for public, private or commercial bodies.

The programme aims to deliver

  • professional education in the theory and practice of archives and records management
  • an in-depth knowledge of the management of archives and the ability to apply this knowledge in a range of sectors
  • a comprehensive training in the creation and management of current and semi-current records
  • an awareness of the legal and ethical issues relating to archives and records management
  • skills in managing and preserving records in a variety of media including audio-visual and electronic records
  • an understanding of recordkeeping practices and traditions
  • transferable skills such as advocacy, management and communication skills
  • the opportunity to develop research skills and expertise during the preparation of the masters dissertation

Key features

  • core modules and a wide choice of optional modules
  • all content delivered online in a fully supported environment
  • expert tutors with a wide range of practical and research experience
  • no exams, continuous assessment through tasks, essays and reports
  • regular feedback from tutors, discussions with other students and support from administrative staff
  • initial study school in Dundee and additional optional visits to archives
  • at least 15 hours a week study time required

Programme structure

The degrees can be completed in 2.5-5 years. The Programme combines four core modules with a choice of over 25 optional modules. These are designed to develop student expertise in areas as diverse as digital preservation, management for information professionals, metadata and taxonomies, Latin and palaeography.

Modules last for 15 weeks (20 credits) or nine weeks (10 credits). There are three entry points a year in January, May and September. Masters/Diploma students also attend a compulsory one-off study school in May or September at the outset of the programme if they are resident in the UK. Alternative arrangements are made for international students who are not able to attend in person.

  • MLitt/MSc (International) -  students require 180 credits at SHE M or SCQF level 11 from a range of modules and the dissertation
  • Diploma - students require 120 credits at SHE M or SCQF level 11 from a range of modules 
  • Certificate in Archives and Records Management or in Archival Studies - students require 60 credits at SHE M or SCQF level 11 from a range of modules

Core modules

Archives and Records Management

MLitt/MSc (International) Diploma Certificate
The Theory and Context of Recordkeeping The Theory and Context of Recordkeeping Archive Management: Principles and Practice
Archive Management: Principles and Practice Archive Management: Principles and Practice Archive Services, Access & Preservation
Archive Services, Access & Preservation Archive Services, Access & Preservation Principles and Practice of Records Management
Principles and Practice of Records Management Principles and Practice of Records Management  
Plus optional modules (total of 40 credits) Plus optional modules (total of 40 credits)  
Dissertation    

Archival Studies

Certificate
Archive Management: Principles and Practice
Archive Services, Access & Preservation
Plus optional module(s) (total of 20 credits)

Optional modules are available here.

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