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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:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

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

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Information Studies

Key facts

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55% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Records and Archives Management (International) MA

The Records and Archives Management (International) MA provides the skills necessary for a career in archives or records management outside the United Kingdom. The programme is designed specifically to accommodate students from a wide variety of countries, and offers a unique opportunity to study alongside fellow-students of many different nationalities.

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?

This programme attracts students from all parts of the world. Much of the programme is studied in conjunction with students from the United Kingdom, and coming to UCL thus offers the chance to make a wide range of international professional contacts.

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.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

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

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 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

  • Access: Policies and Practice
  • Archival Description
  • International Professional Contexts
  • Management Skills
  • Preservation
  • Principles of Archives and Records Management
  • Records Management


  • Advanced Preservation
  • Database Systems Analysis and Design
  • Digital Resources in the Humanities
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Historical Bibliography
  • International case study: Historical Records
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Medieval Latin (Beginners)
  • Web Publishing
  • Encoded Archival Description and Digitisation of Archives
  • Individual Approved Study
  • Records Management and Information Policy Compliance


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, examination 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 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 related work. Applicants without a first degree may be accepted for the Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate if they have substantial professional experience and seniority.

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

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. All applications are acknowledged by UCL Admissions. Provided that your application is complete, it will then be considered by the Programme Director.

Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for international students who are practising, or intending to practise, as records managers or archivists in their home countries, and for students from the UK who want to work internationally in this field. The MA and Diploma are accredited by the Society of Archivists as entry-level professional qualifications.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Records and Archives Management at graduate level
  • why you want to study Records and Archives 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


Both the MA and the Diploma are accredited by the Society of Archivists as entry-level professional qualifications.

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

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