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MSc Records Management and Digital Preservation

Course content


The Records Management courses are aimed at those wishing to work, or currently working, in records management, digital recordkeeping and/or information rights. They are accredited by the Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland and by Records and Information Management Professionals Australia.

The courses provide

  • a professional education in the theory and practice of records management, digital recordkeeping and compliance with information rights law
  • an in-depth knowledge of the processes necessary for the management of records, digital objects and/or the requirements of information rights law
  • an understanding of recordkeeping practice and tradition and its relationship with digital information and/or compliance with information legislation
  • flexible, supported and interactive study
  • modules taught by experts in their field
  • the opportunity to develop research skills and expertise during the preparation of the masters dissertation
  • accredited single module study for CPD from an extensive range of modules
  • the ability to gain a professional qualification whilst working

The MSc/PGDip degrees consist of core modules that cover fundamental theory and practice, which you must take, and optional modules that let you tailor your degree to your requirements or interests. PG Certificates are available for existing professionals seeking to update their knowledge of this rapidly evolving area and can be completed within 1 year.

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.

The degrees can be completed in 30-60 months. There are four core modules with a choice of over optional modules. These are designed to develop student expertise in areas relating to the historical context such as heraldry, research skills like Latin or House History, or record types including military records and education archives.

Modules last for 15 weeks (20 credits) or nine weeks (10 credits). There are three entry points a year in January, May and September.

  • MLitt - students require 180 credits at SHE M or SCQF level 11 from a range of modules and the dissertation
  • Diploma - students require 120 credits at SHE M or SCQF level 11 from a range of modules
  • Certificate - students require 60 credits at SHE M or SCQF level 11 from a range of modules

Core and optional modules

MLitt/MSc (International) / Diploma

Plus optional modules(s) (total of 20 credits)


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.

Your Application

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 MSc Records Management and Digital Preservation page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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