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MSc Records Management and Digital Preservation

Course Description

All CAIS programmes are accredited by the UK Archives and Records Association and The Records and Information Management (RIM) Professionals Australasia.


These Masters programmes provide a thorough education in the principles, theory and practice of records management and digital preservation. They are delivered via flexible distance learning and entirely online using the University's Virtual Learning Environment. A range of core and optional modules, all written and tutored by acknowledged subject experts, ensure that students complete the programme with:

An in-depth knowledge of record keeping theory and practice and the ability to apply this knowledge in the public sector or in commercial or specialist environments,

A comprehensive training in the creation and management of current and semi-current records an understanding of the legal and ethical issues relating to records management and digital preservation,

An understanding of how digital records should be managed and retrieved,

A knowledge of the issues surrounding the preservation of records and in particular the proper use of metadata and other techniques to help ensure long-term survival of information and records.

Programme Content

The programme consists of a range of core archive and records management modules and optional modules including preservation and disaster management, metadata standards and information taxonomies, business archives, ethics and international perspectives, international concepts in information access, management for information professionals. The module list can be viewed on the course website.

Methods of Assessment

Essays/reports; contribution to module (through online tasks and discussion board debate); dissertation of 15,000 words.

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

Student Profiles

5% discount on advance payment of tuition fees - 20+ Awards

A 5% discount on tuition fees is applicable for international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% discount on tuition fees


For international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Application Procedure

You must pay the tuition fees due in advance, the full amount must be in the University of Dundee's bank account by the relevant date:Courses starting in September - full payment by 1st July.
Courses starting in January - full payment by 15th Novmber.

Further Information



School of Humanities Research Postgraduate Scholarship - 5 Awards

£4,000 Scholarship towards tuition fee

Value of Scholarship(s)



For international students entering School of Humanities research degrees.If you are being sponsored or are receiving a discount on your fees due to an articulation agreement, then you cannot apply for a University of Dundee Academic School scholarship.You can apply for several scholarships but only one Scholarship towards tuition fees will be awarded.

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee, we will send you an email telling you how to apply for a Scholarship.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not. The closing date for Scholarship applications for courses starting September 2012 is 1st July 2012, and for courses starting in January 2013 the closing date is 15th November 2012.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Honours degree at first or second class and relevant professional experience. Applicants must be employed or otherwise active in an appropriate professional environment. Alternative qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Transfer of credit from other study programmes may be possible, subject to the approval of the University of Dundee.English Language Requirement: IELTS of 7.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

Last Updated

17 January 2017

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