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MA/PGDip Archive Administration (part time / distance)

Aberystwyth University
Students on all courses are required to attend Study Schools in Aberystwyth, Wales. For most students this means attending three schools of approximately 4-5 days duration each year. For the rest of the time you will work through specially designed self-study module packs supported by online learning materials.

United Kingdom

Learning Objectives
Core (110 Credits) The following modules are core and must be taken.

Semester 1
Research In The Profession DSM1810

Archive Managment : Management Of Archive Services DSM3420

Archive Management:archival Description And Information Tech DSM3520

Archives And Manuscripts : Content And Use DSM3730

Manuscript Skills:post Medieval Palaeography & Diplomatic DSM3810

Semester 2
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
Training Fee
Target Audience1
Managerial , Practical
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- core module in Records and Information Governance, optional modules in Digital Information and Digital Preservation
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.

Aberystwyth’s Department of Information Studies is the leading provider of distance learning degrees in this subject area. The Department pursues a student centred, flexible, open learning approach which has proved not only popular with our students, but very successful in managing to make studying at a distance as rewarding and enjoyable as possible.

Our distance learning students participate in residential study schools and are supported by web-based conferencing facilities which enable them to communicate with each other – whether consulting about a particular assignment in one of the module conferencing areas, or just enjoying a light hearted exchange at the electronic students café - and with staff, easing the feeling of isolation that can sometimes be felt by distance learners.

The Diploma/MA in Archive Administration is divided into two parts: Part I (120 credits) is the taught course, successful completion of which reaches Diploma-level. Part II (60 credits) involves writing a dissertation, to be submitted for the Master’s-level qualification.

Tuition is provided through printed study packs containing the core learning material, supplemented by a resource pack and a conference area on Gwylan (the computer conferencing facility), which provides information updates relevant to the course, and a directory of websites referred to in the study packs. Assessment is by means of a variety of written assignments including essays and reports. You can progress at your own pace, taking between two and five years to complete the course. On average, you should expect to spend 10 to 15 hours a week studying.

Two - Five years by distance learning. April and September intakes annually.

On average you should expect to spend 10-15 hours a week studying.

Contact Time:
Students on all courses are required to attend Study Schools in Aberystwyth. For most students this means attending three schools of approximately 4-5 days duration each year. For the rest of the time you will work through specially designed self-study module packs supported by online learning materials.

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

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. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.

1. Based on DPOE audience levels.

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