Taught course

Archive Administration

Aberystwyth University · Information Management, Libraries and Archives

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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.

Months of entry

April, September

Course content

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).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Sarah Higgins
+44 (0)1970 622188