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MA/Diploma/Certificate in Archives and Records Management

Students learn to manage, organise, describe, interpret and provide access to records created in the present and those inherited from the past, and also to maintain and preserve records for use in the future. The main focus of the programme is on written records and archives, created by a wide range of organisations and individuals, in both digital and hard copy format. Teaching and learning give equal emphasis to the management of records for business purposes within the organisations where they are created, and to their longer-term preservation and use for historical research and other cultural purposes.

Further details on this programme are provided below. In addition, frequently asked questions on admission requirements, work experience, funding and how to apply can be found here.

For students enrolled on the programme from 2012-13 onwards the MA/Diploma comprises seven taught modules and (for the MA only) there is an additional requirement to complete a dissertation. Five of the seven modules are mandatory. These are:

- INSTG059 Concepts and Contexts (30 credits, taught across two terms)

- INSTG032 Creation and Capture

- INSTG060 Curation and Stewardship

- INSTG021 The Record-keeping Professional

- INSTG001 Access and Use of Archives and Records

These modules aim to provide a solid foundation of conceptual knowledge and practical skills. Students' individual interests can be explored in depth through two optional modules which offers a choice of options (such as Advanced Preservation, Database Systems Analysis, Digital Resources in the Humanities, EAD and Digitisation of Archives, English Historical Frameworks, Manuscript Studies, Oral history: from creation to curation, Reading and Interpretation of Archives from 1500, Standards for digital recordkeeping, Web Publishing) and through the MA dissertation.

For students enrolled on the programme prior to 2012-13 the MA/Diploma comprises eight taught modules and (for the MA only) there is an additional requirement to complete a dissertation. Seven of the eight modules are mandatory. These are:

  • Principles of Archives and Records Management
  • Preservation
  • Access: Policies and Practice
  • Records Management
  • Archival Description 
  • Management Skills
  • Reading and Interpretation of Archives from 1500

These aim to build a solid foundation of understanding, knowledge and practical skills. Students' individual interests can be explored in depth through an eighth module which offers a choice of options (such as Advanced Preservation, Database Systems Analysis, EAD and Digitisation of Archives, English Historical Frameworks, Manuscript Studies, Web Publishing) and through the MA dissertation.

The MA/Diploma programme in Archives and Records Management provides the skills and knowledge needed by new entrants to the profession. Both the MA and the Diploma are accredited by the Archives and Records Association (ARA) and are widely recognised by employers throughout the UK and elsewhere as entry-level professional qualifications. ARA confirmed the re-accreditation of the programme for next cycle in July 2013.

The Certificate comprises four taught modules and is a shorter programme of study, which is not accredited by the Archives and Records Association and not recognised as a full professional qualification. It is designed for those who wish to gain some basic knowledge of archives or records management, but are not (currently) intending to take it up as a professional career.

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