Pre-entry experience accepted for archive and information studies courses

Updated on 22 May 2023

Examples of the type of professional experience in archives, recordkeeping, museums, or similar organisations.

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To be accepted onto an archives or records management course at the University of Dundee, you need to be employed or active as a volunteer in a professional archive for a minimum of half a day per week and have appropriate pre-entry experience.

For PGDip and MSc level courses you will also need academic qualifications. Details available on each course page.

Examples of relevant experience

  • Understanding of the role of records and archives in organisations
  • Knowledge of appraisals and issues that might impact decisions 
  • Experience accessing a small collection
  • Experience of cataloguing different kinds of items, and preferably of cataloguing a small collection. Awareness of cataloguing standards and principles of arrangement an advantage
  • Awareness of different on-site and remote services for users
  • Knowledge of how a archive search room operates
  • Awareness of how copyright, data protection and freedom of information legislation might impact on services
  • Understanding of how archives may approach promotion and outreach
  • Experience of handling archives and basic preservation (re-housing and boxing) with an awareness of environmental and other threats to archives
  • Awareness of basic records management functions (file plans, retention schedules etc.)

Additional resources 

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We have a range of courses from individual modules to MSc degrees


Dr Craig Gauld

Senior Lecturer/Programme Leader - Archive and Information Studies