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MSc Archives and Records Management (International)

Course Description

This is a flexible distance learning programme, delivered online over the Internet.

The programme is suitable for information professionals employed in a wide range of fields including records management, legislative compliance, electronic media and records. Some modules, for example, Management for Information Professionals, will benefit a wider range of practitioners, including librarians, museum curators and other information specialists.

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


To provide professional training on a modular and distance learning basis for archivists and records managers.
To provide single modules on a range of topics for continuing professional development.

Methods of Assessment

Essays/reports; contribution to module (through online tasks and discussion board debate); dissertation of 18,000 words.
All course materials are delivered via the virtual learning environment, a secure part of the University website. Each module has been written by experts and consists of text with embedded links to online resources such as websites, audio-visual files and PDFs.

Students work through each module at the same time as other students, guided by a tutor, and can expect support and regular communication from CAIS staff. Modules are designed to be interactive and students are required to submit tasks to their tutors every ten days or two weeks. The tasks act as a timetable, indicating how quickly students should be working through the course material. Tutors give constructive feedback on the tasks and provide guidance on finding and using sources and in developing research and analytical skills.

Students may also be required to complete tasks with other students who are taking the module. There are usually between five and 14 students on each module all of whom have different backgrounds and experiences. A discussion forum provides an opportunity to share these experiences and to discuss issues and questions.

Length of Degree

The degree is normally completed in 30 - 60 Months but fast track options are available. The Programme combines two core and a choice of optional modules.

Modules last for 15 weeks (20 credits) or seven weeks (10 credits). There are three entry points a year in January, May and September. Start dates for 2013-14 are:

16th September 2013
13th January 2014
12th May 2014

After 60 credits students may exit with a Certificate in Family and Local History
After 120 credits they may exit with a Diploma. Students taking the full Masters will then complete an 18,000 word dissertation.

Visit the MSc Archives and Records Management (International) 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 experience in a recognised archive. Applicants must be employed or otherwise active (e.g. in a volunteer capacity) 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.

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