Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

Archive Administration (Distance-learning)

Archival material is unique and irreplaceable; its range infinite and inexhaustible. Often described as the 'documentary heritage' or the 'raw material of history', it has a significant dual role: on the one hand it offes a wealth of source material in the context of culture and heritage, supporting popular interest in family and local history and many areas of academic study; on the other it has a significant legal function in providing evidence of past decisions, practices and policies. By studying archive administration at postgraduate level, you will learn professional principles and techniques and acquire the core skills which will enable you to play a part in the preservation, management and exploitation of an invaluable informational and historical resource. This course is designed to provide individuals already working in an archive or records management environment, with the training that will equip them with the skills, knowledge and professional qualification to further their career at a professional level. This professional course is accredited at Diploma and Masters level by the Archives and Records Association (formerly Society of Archivists).

Entry requirements

The minimum basic entry requirement for a Masters degree is normally a good Honours Degree or equivalent.
You must: have at least three months practical experience of working with archives prior to beginning the course; be employed in an archive service, or be working with archives within an organisation which has substantial archival holdings; be employed on a permanent contract (full-time, or possibly part-time), or a short-term contract that can reasonably be supposed to last for the duration of the course (a minimum of 2 years) OR be prepared to undertake voluntary work in an archive repository for the duration of the course; have pre-defined Information and Communication Technology skills and access to a computer linked to the Internet.
English Language Requirements: If you have a Bachelor's degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test. Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency.

Course modules

Core (110 Credits) The following modules are core and must be taken.
Semester 1: Records And Information Governance DSM0820; Research in the Profession DSM1810; Archive Management: Management of Archive Services DSM3420; Archive Collection Development and Description DSM3520; Archives and Manuscripts: Content and Use DSM3730; Manuscript Skills: post Medieval Palaeography & Diplomatic DSM3810
Options to make up 120 credits you must take a further 10 credits of option modules approved by the Department Core (60 Credits). This module is core and must be taken. Dissertation
Semester 3: Dissertation DSM1460

Assessment methods

The programme is assessed on the basis of coursework in part One and the dissertation in Part Two. A variety of assignments in Part One, including reports, essays, presentations and case studies enable you to relate theoretical knowledge to your own workplace.

Sponsorship information

If students have or expect to achieve a 1st Class Honours or very high upper 2nd they can apply for the Professional Preparation Awards Scheme, covering tuition fees and a maintenance allowance of approximately £7,350. Applications should be made to AHRC.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 7,290 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 7,290 per Whole course (England) 2 years
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 7,290 per Whole course (International) 2 years
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 7,290 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 7,290 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 7,290 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years

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Department of Information Studies
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