MA, Certificate and Diploma in Archives and Records Management

UCL-DIS offers a range of opportunities for those who wish to study archives and records management and obtain a qualification in this field.

The Archives and Records Management programme is taught within DIS, which also runs programmes in, for example, library and information studies, digital humanities, electronic communication and publishing. This means that UCL can offer a unique opportunity to study archives and records management alongside fellow students from a wide variety of backgrounds, professional domains and nationalities.

The subject has been taught at UCL for over 60 years, making this one of the longest-established archival education programmes in the English-speaking world. It was founded on the initiative of Sir Hilary Jenkinson, the eminent archivist whose thinking laid the foundations of archival science in English-speaking countries worldwide. Although its content and structure have changed greatly over the years, keeping pace with developments in the archives and records disciplines and in information technology, the UCL programme continues to reflect Jenkinson's emphasis on maintaining the highest standards in the teaching of archival principles and practice.

UCL's central London location also offers all the benefits of a capital city, with easy access to social and cultural attractions, and also to a large number of records management services and to the broadest and finest grouping of historical archives in any city in the English-speaking world. Positioned in the very centre of this vibrant professional context, the UCL programme is able to call on an impressive range of visiting speakers, as well as giving students frequent opportunities for structured field visits to study archives and records management practices in a variety of organisations in both the public and the private sector.

UCL's teaching and research staff are regular participants in innovative projects such as LEADERS, an XML-based project linking Encoded Archival Description to encoded transcripts and images of archival documents, and the Community Archives and Identities project, which investigated the importance of community archives and their role in the production of community identity. Teaching at UCL draws on the staff's involvement in leading-edge projects such as these, as well as their extensive practical experience of archives and records work, to ensure a quality learning experience for all students.

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