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Archives and Records Management PgCert

Archives and Records Management PgCert

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Distance without attendance | Dundee City Campus | 30 months | MAY-21

Study mode

Distance without attendance


30 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Information Management Libraries / Librarianship General Studies

Course type


Course Summary

We teach archives and records management by focusing on the core principles, theory and practice that underpin these disciplines.

Our focus is very much on a mix of the theoretical and the practical. You must be working or volunteering in an appropriate professional environment both prior to and throughout your studies so you can apply what you are learning.

You will develop an understanding of record keeping practice and tradition. You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of the management of archives and will learn to apply this knowledge either in the public sector or in commercial or specialist environments. We'll also give you a comprehensive training in the creation and management of current and semi-current records.

You’ll receive a lot of online content right from the start and benefit from our flexible teaching model that allows students to take semesters off and learn from subject experts.

Professional accreditation
Accredited by the Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland and by Records and Information Management Professionals Australia


The PG Cert will enable you to work in the archival sector, perhaps as an archival assistant, for example, but it is not the professionally-recognised qualification. The Archives and Records Association stipulates that the professional Postgraduate qualification is the Postgraduate Diploma or Masters.


This module is about the principles and practice of records management and the broader discipline of 'record keeping'. It looks at what records are and why they need to be 'managed', examines records management concepts and discusses the foundations for, and the key elements of, a records management programme. In this module, you will be able to draw on what you have learned in any other core modules which you have already completed. You will also be expected to draw on your own experience of records, whether or not you have worked in any area of 'record keeping'.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You'll need to be a graduate with a with an Honours degree or above in an appropriate discipline and be employed or active as a volunteer in a professional archive for a minimum of half a day per week and have appropriate prior experience. Alternative qualifications may be considered on a case by case basis. Transfer of credit from other study programmes may be possible by arrangement.