Taught course

Information and Records Management

Northumbria University · Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Entry requirements

A first degree from a UK university or equivalent (usually a 2:2 classification or above) is normally required.

Months of entry


Course content

This part-time Postgraduate Diploma/Masters programme is specially designed for people who are already working in or moving into a records or information management role.

Never has records management had a higher profile than today. In the public sector Freedom of Information and Data Protection legislation have been the driving forces in the private sector, information security, cyber crime and corporate governance scandals. As a result, it is now widely acknowledged that the effective management of records has significant benefits and that an information and records management qualification is an invaluable employment tool and skill for life.

This programme is a careful balance of the knowledge demanded and the immediate skills needed for managing information and records in the increasingly complex electronic environment and dynamic organisational contexts. It will enable you to adapt to organisational, cultural and technological change. Subjects you will study cover contemporary theory and practice of managing records in the digital environment as well as broader management, risk, legal and ethical contexts.

The programme begins in September. It features two optional 2-day study schools held at Northumbria University which most students attend. The first is at the start when students meet staff face-to-face and develop a supportive peer network. The second takes place at the end of January in the second year and focuses on the dissertation.

At the end of the programme you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature of information and knowledge; the principles and processes of their organisation, storage, retrieval and management; the related technological systems, and the legal and regulatory context. Furthermore you will also be able to demonstrate enhanced transferable skills in communication skills, information literacy (including information retrieval, organisation, evaluation and dissemination), research, reflective skills for independent and lifelong learning, time management and team skills.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453