• For Entry: January | May | September
  • Duration: 30-60 months (MSc/Diploma), 12-30 months (Certificate)
  • School: Humanities
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning

Working or hoping to work in Records Management and Information Rights? Gain a professional qualification accepted in the UK and overseas.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

The Records Management and Information Rights course is aimed at those wishing to work, or currently working, in records management and information rights. They are accredited by the Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland and by Records and Information Management Professionals Australia.

The courses provide

  • a professional education in the theory and practice of records management and compliance with information rights law
  • an in-depth knowledge of the processes necessary for the management of records and the requirements of information rights law
  • an understanding of recordkeeping practice and tradition and its relationship with and compliance with information legislation
  • flexible, supported and interactive study
  • modules taught by experts in their field
  • the opportunity to develop research skills and expertise during the preparation of the masters dissertation
  • the ability to gain a professional qualification whilst working

The MSc/PGDip degrees consist of core modules that cover fundamental theory and practice, which you must take, and optional modules that let you tailor your degree to your requirements or interests. PG Certificates are available for existing professionals seeking to update their knowledge of this rapidly evolving area and can be completed within 1 year.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

MSc Core modules

This module is about the principles and practice of records management and the broader discipline of 'recordkeeping'.  It looks at what records are and why they need to be 'managed', examines records management concepts and discusses the foundations for, and the key elements of, a records management programme.  In this module, you will be able to draw on what you have learned in any other core modules which you have already completed.  You will also be expected to draw on your own experience of records, whether or not you have worked in any area of 'recordkeeping'.

Main topics:

  • Organisations and records: nature of records; making, maintaining and managing records
  • Records management concepts: record life cycle; records continuum
  • Records management programmes – foundations: records management roles & responsibilities; records management policies; records systems development methodology; business analysis; records survey
  • Records management programmes – elements: records creation & capture; records classification; records storage; records retention; records destruction
  • Establishing a records management programme: developing a business case for a records management programme; selling records management

Number of credits

20 SCQF credits (10 ECTS credits) on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)

Tutor

Tim LoveringPaul Duller, Fiona Cormack

In the Complying with Information Legislation module we look at the requirements of information legislation, particularly the general data protection regulations, the freedom of information acts and the environmental information regulations.  The module looks at the background to information legislation in the UK, the requirements of the three key pieces of information legislation, practical ways of meeting these requirements and the implications of the legislation for archivists, which provides an interesting way to look at some of the practical application of the legislation.  The module will not only give you an understanding of current theory and practice in the field, but also develops the critical analysis skills necessary to keep your knowledge up-to-date in future practice.

  • The international and national context of information legislation in the UK
  • The requirements of the general data protection regulations, the freedom of information acts and the environmental information regulations, and how to meet them in practice
  • The implications of information legislation for archivists - an examination of the practical application of the legislation
  • Management and organisational frameworks for implementing information legislation

Number of credits

20 SCQF credits (10 ECTS credits) on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)

Tutor

Sarah Norman

This module will explore:

  • the importance of records and archives and their impact in society
  • the nature of the record in the context of the wider data and information landscape
  • the development of recordkeeping functions and theories
  • regulations, standards, professionalism and ethics
  • concepts of records and archives within and beyond the discipline

You will notice that this module is about ‘recordkeeping’ rather than archives or records management. As will become apparent this is because so many of the underlying concepts are relevant to recordkeeping in general rather than to either just archives or just records management. Even though these are separated in employment terms (jobs are usually for either a records manager or an archivist) there is far more that connects than separates them.

The purpose of this module is to set the professional context for the work that you are undertaking or planning to undertake. So whether you are working with records or archives, or within a wider data and/or information environment it is important that you understand what ‘recordkeeping’ means and what concepts, functions, theories and practices come within its scope. As well as discussing the overarching importance of records and archives to society in general we shall consider the relevant regulatory, ethical and standards frameworks within which recordkeeping operates.

We shall also explore how other communities and disciplines use and view records and archives. Other CAIS modules focus on specific aspects in more detail: here we are taking a broad and introductory view of the recordkeeping landscape. But before going further I think we should start by considering why records and archives matter. Why would individuals, organisations and society be unable to function without them?

Number of credits

20 SCQF credits (10 ECTS credits) on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)

Tutor

Craig GauldMorag Fyfe-LucasMelinda Haunton, Alexander Du Toit, Mark Farrell

MSc Optional modules

Plus optional modules (total of 60 credits)

Dissertation

Diploma core modules

This module is about the principles and practice of records management and the broader discipline of 'recordkeeping'.  It looks at what records are and why they need to be 'managed', examines records management concepts and discusses the foundations for, and the key elements of, a records management programme.  In this module, you will be able to draw on what you have learned in any other core modules which you have already completed.  You will also be expected to draw on your own experience of records, whether or not you have worked in any area of 'recordkeeping'.

Main topics:

  • Organisations and records: nature of records; making, maintaining and managing records
  • Records management concepts: record life cycle; records continuum
  • Records management programmes – foundations: records management roles & responsibilities; records management policies; records systems development methodology; business analysis; records survey
  • Records management programmes – elements: records creation & capture; records classification; records storage; records retention; records destruction
  • Establishing a records management programme: developing a business case for a records management programme; selling records management

Number of credits

20 SCQF credits (10 ECTS credits) on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)

Tutor

Tim LoveringPaul Duller, Fiona Cormack

In the Complying with Information Legislation module we look at the requirements of information legislation, particularly the general data protection regulations, the freedom of information acts and the environmental information regulations.  The module looks at the background to information legislation in the UK, the requirements of the three key pieces of information legislation, practical ways of meeting these requirements and the implications of the legislation for archivists, which provides an interesting way to look at some of the practical application of the legislation.  The module will not only give you an understanding of current theory and practice in the field, but also develops the critical analysis skills necessary to keep your knowledge up-to-date in future practice.

  • The international and national context of information legislation in the UK
  • The requirements of the general data protection regulations, the freedom of information acts and the environmental information regulations, and how to meet them in practice
  • The implications of information legislation for archivists - an examination of the practical application of the legislation
  • Management and organisational frameworks for implementing information legislation

Number of credits

20 SCQF credits (10 ECTS credits) on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)

Tutor

Sarah Norman

This module will explore:

  • the importance of records and archives and their impact in society
  • the nature of the record in the context of the wider data and information landscape
  • the development of recordkeeping functions and theories
  • regulations, standards, professionalism and ethics
  • concepts of records and archives within and beyond the discipline

You will notice that this module is about ‘recordkeeping’ rather than archives or records management. As will become apparent this is because so many of the underlying concepts are relevant to recordkeeping in general rather than to either just archives or just records management. Even though these are separated in employment terms (jobs are usually for either a records manager or an archivist) there is far more that connects than separates them.

The purpose of this module is to set the professional context for the work that you are undertaking or planning to undertake. So whether you are working with records or archives, or within a wider data and/or information environment it is important that you understand what ‘recordkeeping’ means and what concepts, functions, theories and practices come within its scope. As well as discussing the overarching importance of records and archives to society in general we shall consider the relevant regulatory, ethical and standards frameworks within which recordkeeping operates.

We shall also explore how other communities and disciplines use and view records and archives. Other CAIS modules focus on specific aspects in more detail: here we are taking a broad and introductory view of the recordkeeping landscape. But before going further I think we should start by considering why records and archives matter. Why would individuals, organisations and society be unable to function without them?

Number of credits

20 SCQF credits (10 ECTS credits) on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)

Tutor

Craig GauldMorag Fyfe-LucasMelinda Haunton, Alexander Du Toit, Mark Farrell

Diploma optional modules

Plus optional modules (total of 60 credits)

 

Certificate core modules

A Certificate programme comprises of 60 credits. For a Records Management and Information Rights Certificate, there are 2 core modules and optional module(s). 

Duration of Study for the certificate programme is 12-30 months.

This module is about the principles and practice of records management and the broader discipline of 'recordkeeping'.  It looks at what records are and why they need to be 'managed', examines records management concepts and discusses the foundations for, and the key elements of, a records management programme.  In this module, you will be able to draw on what you have learned in any other core modules which you have already completed.  You will also be expected to draw on your own experience of records, whether or not you have worked in any area of 'recordkeeping'.

Main topics:

  • Organisations and records: nature of records; making, maintaining and managing records
  • Records management concepts: record life cycle; records continuum
  • Records management programmes – foundations: records management roles & responsibilities; records management policies; records systems development methodology; business analysis; records survey
  • Records management programmes – elements: records creation & capture; records classification; records storage; records retention; records destruction
  • Establishing a records management programme: developing a business case for a records management programme; selling records management

Number of credits

20 SCQF credits (10 ECTS credits) on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)

Tutor

Tim LoveringPaul Duller, Fiona Cormack

In the Complying with Information Legislation module we look at the requirements of information legislation, particularly the general data protection regulations, the freedom of information acts and the environmental information regulations.  The module looks at the background to information legislation in the UK, the requirements of the three key pieces of information legislation, practical ways of meeting these requirements and the implications of the legislation for archivists, which provides an interesting way to look at some of the practical application of the legislation.  The module will not only give you an understanding of current theory and practice in the field, but also develops the critical analysis skills necessary to keep your knowledge up-to-date in future practice.

  • The international and national context of information legislation in the UK
  • The requirements of the general data protection regulations, the freedom of information acts and the environmental information regulations, and how to meet them in practice
  • The implications of information legislation for archivists - an examination of the practical application of the legislation
  • Management and organisational frameworks for implementing information legislation

Number of credits

20 SCQF credits (10 ECTS credits) on Level 5, SHE M (SCQF 11)

Tutor

Sarah Norman

Certificate optional modules

Plus optional module(s) (total of 20 credits)

You'll need to be

  • a graduate with a with an Honours degree or above in an appropriate discipline and
  • be employed or active as a volunteer in an appropriate professional environment for a minimum of half a day per week and have appropriate prior experience.

Alternative qualifications may be considered on a case by case basis. Transfer of credit from other study programmes may be possible by arrangement.

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.5
Speaking 6.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

The fees (in pounds sterling) are below. Fees do not require to be paid in full at the beginning of study and are paid per module as study progresses, making it feasible for most students, who may or may not, be sponsored by their employers.

Fees for students starting 2019/20
Registration Fee MLitt/MSc/Diploma £300
Registration for Certificate £95
Individual 10 credit module £485
Individual 20 credit module £970
Dissertation (Masters only) £1,800
Certificate (Total cost) £2,910
Diploma (Total cost) £5,820
MLitt/MSc  (Total cost)  £7,620

Fees will be amended periodically.

For further information on fees, see our Policy for Payment of Fees and Refunds.

Application deadlines:
 May 2019Sep 2019Jan 2020May 2020Sep 2020
MLitt/MSc/Dip 15 March 2019 12 July 2019 8 November 2019 13 March 2020 3 July 2020
PGCert/CPD 22 March 2019 19 July 2019 8 November 2019 20 March 2020 17 July 2020
Discover/Explore
Family and Local History
19 April 2019 23 August 2019 6 December 2019 17 April 2020 21 August 2020
Semester start date 6 May 2019 9 September 2019 13 January 2020 11 May 2020 7 September 2020

Supporting documents

  • References - Two references in support of your admission (one must be from your current employer detailing relevant experience; the other should be an academic reference). 
  • Referee Form 1  |  Referee Form 2   |   Referee Guidance
  • Photograph
  • CV
  • Copy of Academic Awards and Transcripts
  • Language Certificate (if applicable)

You will also need to

  • provide a personal statement of 500-750 words detailing previous experience and explaining why they want to undertake the course

Download Application Form

All application forms should be emailed to cais@dundee.ac.uk

All applications need to reach CAIS before midnight on the final day. Application forms will not be processed until all parts (including references) are submitted. If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact cais@dundee.ac.uk or +44 (0)1382 385543.

There are three possible outcomes to your application:

  • We make you an unconditional offer of a place on the course 
  • We make you a conditional offer of a place on the course, dependent upon your examination results and/or further work experience 
  • We do not make you an offer of a place on the course

Course Contact

Mrs Nicola Barton
Humanities
cais@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 385543