Archives and Records Management PGDip

School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

Study the fundamental principles and practice of archives and records management so that you can work in a professional capacity in the UK and internationally

Start date
January 2025
60 months max (part time)

We teach archives and records management by focusing on the core principles, theory and practice that underpin these disciplines.

Our focus is very much on a mix of the theoretical and the practical. You must be working or volunteering in an appropriate professional environment both prior to and throughout your studies so you can apply what you are learning.

You will develop an understanding of record keeping practice and tradition. You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of the management of archives and will learn to apply this knowledge either in the public sector or in commercial or specialist environments. We'll also give you a comprehensive training in the creation and management of current and semi-current records.

You’ll receive a lot of online content right from the start and benefit from our flexible teaching model that allows students to take semesters off and learn from subject experts.

“The PGDip by distance learning has allowed me to keep working while studying in my free time. I can't say it hasn't been hard at times, but it has definitely benefitted both my work and my study, as I've been able to apply the things I'm learning to my daily work and put my learning in context through practical experience.”

Ruth MacDonald, Archives and Records Management graduate

Professional accreditation


All CAIS programmes are accredited by the UK Archives and Records Association and The Records and Information Management (RIM) Professionals Australasia

UK Archives and Records Association Records and Information Management (RIM) Professionals Australasia
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