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Ms Kerstin Michaels

Email: k.michaels@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2107

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,750 (FT)

There are a small number of AHRC scholarships available for this programme, and candidates will be considered as part of the application process.

Scottish applicants may be eligible for an award from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Archives and Records Management MA

The Archives and Records Management MA provides the skills and knowledge that are needed by new entrants to the profession in the United Kingdom. Students learn to manage records created in the present and those inherited from the past, and also to maintain and preserve records for use in the future.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme focuses on written records and archives, in both digital and hard copy format. Students learn to manage, organise, interpret and provide access to a wide range of records and archives, with equal emphasis given to the management of records for business purposes, and to their preservation and use for historical research.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

Archives management at UCL is one of the longest-established archive education programmes in the English-speaking world. Taught by leading experts in the field, the programme draws on staff's involvement in innovative projects as well as their extensive practical experience of archives and records work.

Students benefit from UCL's central London location. The programme boasts an impressive range of visiting speakers and frequent opportunities for structured field visits to study archives and records management. London hosts not only a large number of records management services, but also the broadest and finest grouping of historical archives in any city in the English-speaking world.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2-5 years

MA students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (90 credits), two optional module (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible study 2-5 years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 15 weeks or flexible study over a period of up to two years) is offered.

Core modules

  • 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

Options include:

  • 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


All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, computer laboratory practicals and classroom practicals, with a strong emphasis on informal teaching and the acquisition of practical skills. Assessment is through a mixture of essays, reports, and practical assignments such as website design and the creation of indexing tools.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Normally a year (or more) of paid or voluntary employment in an archive or records service, or in a post with management responsibility for archives or records.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

This programme previously had a deadline of 15 December but has been extended and is still accepting applications. Selected candidates will be invited to an interview, usually held in February or March. Offers of admission are made after interview.

Who can apply?

The MA/Postgraduate Diploma provides a foundation education for graduates who are seeking to enter the profession of archivist/records manager, and is approved by the Archives and Records Association. The Postgraduate Certificate is a programme with some professional elements, but is not wide-ranging enough for recognition as a professional qualification.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Archives and Records Management at graduate level
  • why you want to study Archives and Records Management at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally and/or academically with your degree


The MA and Diploma are accredited by the Society of Archivists and are widely recognised by employers throughout the UK as entry-level professional qualifications.

Places of employment of recent students include: British Library - Department of Manuscripts, Exeter University Library, Guildhall Library, HSBC Group Archives, Institute of Actuaries, Institute of Education, International Records Management Trust, London Metropolitan Archives, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London South Bank University, National Archives, Royal Society of Arts and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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