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Information Management & Preservation (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

The programme provides you with an understanding of contemporary information and records management issues. It pays special attention to the management of digital records and electronic resources, and how to manage these alongside analogue resources.

Why this programme

  • The programme is designed for those with a professional interest in records and information management, archives and digital curation. It will prepare you to work in these fields, and give you a thorough grounding for continuing with research.
  • You will complete a two-week work placement in an archive, records management or digital repository.
  • As a graduate you will be eligible to be accredited by both the Archives & Records Association and CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), providing valuable professional recognition in both the archive and library fields.

Programme structure

You will develop skills in the core competencies of:

  • archives, records, and information management
  • creating and managing digital records
  • digital curation and preservation issues
  • archival theory
  • user needs
  • description, cataloguing, and navigation.

The programme consists of six courses spread over two semesters. You will take courses in:

  • Archives and records information management
  • Records and evidence
  • Description, cataloguing, and navigation
  • Management, curation, and preservation of digital materials.

Optional courses include:

  • 2D digitisation
  • Law, Information Governance, and Collections 
  • Archives and records theory
  • Document Encoding
  • Palaeography

To graduate with the MSc you will also need to complete a dissertation.

Find out more about core and optional courses.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

As a graduate, you will be well placed for a career as an archivist, records and information manager, librarian, or digital curator within a variety of public and private organisations.

Positions held by recent graduates include Archivist, Assistant Archivist, Project Archivist, Records Manager, Compliance Manager, Librarian, Information Manager, Digital Archivist.


Visit the Information Management & Preservation (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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