The Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS) provides opportunities for doctoral research (including part time by Distance) in archives, records management, memory & identity, family & local history and related subjects. CAIS offers a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate research and welcomes enquiries from all students interested in studying in the above areas.

CAIS is the leading international provider of professional educational programmes in recordkeeping, family and local history and related disciplines by online distance learning. Since 2004 over 1000 individuals have undertaken professional education or training with CAIS and the quality and breadth of CAIS provision is unrivalled. All CAIS programmes are accredited by the UK Archives and Records Association and The Records and Information Management (RIM) Professionals Australasia. CAIS has a successful track record in offering doctoral study by distance.

CAIS staff participate in a number of national and international professional and academic organisations. Teaching Fellows have a wide range of research interests and the Centre has developed a global interdisciplinary research network focusing on aspects of recordkeeping in the context of memories, identities and communities. This builds on five international conferences held by CAIS on the theme of ‘Memory and Identity’, funded initially by the Royal Society of Edinburgh Arts and Humanities Research Awards.

CAIS offers a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate research, including by distance learning, and welcomes enquiries from all students interested in studying for a PhD.

For more information please visit the CAIS website.

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in all components, if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

English language pre-sessional programmes

We offer pre-sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study. These provide additional English language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

PhD fees

How to apply

Applicants should contact the CAIS Director (contact details below) in the first instance for an informal discussion as to the desired area of study in advance of an application.

Applicants should also provide a 5-10 page summary of their intended topic to the CAIS Director in advance of an application.

Use UCAS Postgraduate to apply for a research degree. Please read the guidance on filling in your UCAS Postgraduate application before proceeding with your application.


Archives and Records Management (PhD) (Research)

PhD opportunities

View PhD opportunities on the Centre for Archive and Information Studies website

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Dr Patricia Whatley,
Senior Lecturer in History and Archival Studies and Director of the Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS)
+44 (0)1382 384095