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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    History & Archaeology

    Information Services

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    30 - 60 months

  • Course Type

    MSc, Other

  • Course Fees

    Fees do not require to be paid in full at the beginning of study and are paid per module as study progresses, making it feasible for most students, who may or may not, be sponsored by their employers.

  • Last Updated

    07 November 2018

Course content


We are the leading international provider of professional educational courses in recordkeeping and related disciplines by online distance learning. Since 2004 over 1000 individuals have undertaken professional education or training with us. The quality and breadth of our provision is unrivalled and the excellence of our courses has been recognised by academic and professional accreditation from the University of Dundee, Records & Information Management Professionals Australasia and the Archives & Records Association, UK & Ireland. CAIS has also been highly commended by the Information & Records Management Society, UK. We have also developed a global interdisciplinary research network focusing on aspects of recordkeeping in the context of memories, identities and communities.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

What You'll Study

How you will be taught

  • Delivered through My Dundee.
  • Learning materials are provided online with interactive links to resources.
  • Each course has a dedicated tutor to support students during their studies.
  • Students work in small groups and have frequent contact with each other and their tutors.
  • Tutors provide regular support and feedback through each semester.
  • The courses require at least 15 hours of study time per week.

How you will be assessed

  • The tasks you complete during the module normally form 30% of your final module mark.
  • One or two pieces of written work, completed at the end of the module, usually provide the remaining 70% of your mark.

A Masters degree comprises 180 credits (including a 60 credit dissertation). A Postgraduate Diploma consists of 120 credits.

There are 4 core modules:

The remaining credits are formed from over 25 optional modules.

 A Certificate programme comprises 60 credits. For an Archives and Records Management Certificate there are 3 core modules:

For an Archival Studies Certificate there are 2 core modules:

The remaining credits are formed from the suite of archive modules.

Modules last for 9 or 15 weeks depending on whether they are 10 or 20 credit modules.


The requirement to be working or volunteering prior to, and throughout the duration of, the course gives students a distinct advantage in terms of appropriate work experience. The course itself is a mixture of theory and practice, and enables direct application of learning within the workplace. The dissertation gives students the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of direct benefit to employers.

Fees & Funding

The fees (in pounds sterling) are below. Fees do not require to be paid in full at the beginning of study and are paid per module as study progresses, making it feasible for most students, who may or may not, be sponsored by their employers.

  • Registration Fee MLitt/MSc/Diploma - £300
  • Registration Fee Certificate - £95
  • MLitt/MSc - £7,620
  • Diploma - £5,820
  • Certificate - £2,910
  • Individual 20 credit module - £970
  • Individual 10 credit module - £485
  • Dissertation - £1,800

Fees will be amended periodically.

Your Application

Application deadlines

Supporting documents

  • REFERENCES - Two references in support of your admission
  • (one must be from your current employer detailing relevant experience; the other should be an academic reference). 
  • Referee Form 1 |  Referee Form 2  |   Referee Guidance
  • CV
  • LANGUAGE CERTIFICATE (if applicable)

You will also need to

  • provide a personal statement of 500-750 words detailing previous experience and explaining why they want to undertake the course
  • have access to the Internet and a PC of an appropriate specification for the use of learning materials and for communication
  • attend an interview via Skype

Download Application Form

All application forms should be emailed to 

All applications need to reach CAIS before midnight on the final day. Application forms will not be processed until all parts (including references) are submitted. If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact  or +44 (0)1382 385543.

If you are required for interview, you will be contacted and required to attend in person (International students can be interviewed via Skype). There are three possible outcomes to your application:

  • We make you an unconditional offer of a place on the course 
  • We make you a conditional offer of a place on the course, dependent upon your examination results and/or further work experience 
  • We do not make you an offer of a place on the course

Visit the MLitt / MSc Archives and Records Management page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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