Archives & Records Management

The MA Archives & Records Management programme in the School of History trains students to select, curate and ensure access to the historic and future memory contained in records. It is aimed at graduates who wish to acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enable them to ethically manage records and archives in all formats, from medieval manuscripts to born digital records.

The programme is based on the conception of the record-keeper as a reflective professional, who is informed in terms of adherence to international best practice, creative in the delivery of services, sensitive to cultural difference, and dynamic in relation to technological change.

This MA is the entry-level professional qualification for archivists and records managers in Ireland and globally.

UCD’s programme has an international reputation and has long-standing accreditation by the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland).

The MA curriculum provides students with practical knowledge based on a strong theoretical foundation.

Accredited by the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) and currently the only fully accredited course of its kind in Ireland

Subjects taught

The MA consists of a number of taught modules, each of which is worth 5 or 10 credits, and a dissertation worth 30 credits. Core modules provide students with the fundamental knowledge, competencies and skills relevant to a career in archives and records management. Optional modules afford students the opportunity to specialise in areas such as digital curation and palaeography.

Stage 1 - Core
Archives and their Users - Advocacy and the Archives Gateway ARCV40040
Managing Records & Information in Public & Private Organisations ARCV40070
Dissertation ARCV40200
Record Keeping Theory & Principles ARCV40340
Archival Representation - Arranging and Describing Archives ARCV41340
Record Keeping: Principles & Practice ARCV41470
Archives preservation ARCV41480

Stage 1 - Option
Introduction to Palaeography: Medieval and Early Modern Scripts ARCV41330
Medival Manuscript Fragments ENG41950
Digital Libraries IS40560
Digital Curation:Core Concepts IS40630
Research Data Management IS40760
Beginners' Latin I LAT10090

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications:

Ireland and the UK: 2nd class honours, grade I in the primary degree. In exceptional circumstances candidates with a high 2nd class honours, grade II degree will be considered.

Canada and the USA: a primary degree with a grade point average of 3.5

Other: an internationally recognised equivalent of the above

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element) or equivalent. Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information:

In applying for this course applicants will have a distinct advantage if they have a good academic record, relevant pre-course experience, good interpersonal skills, acceptable IT skills, evident commitment to work as an archivist or records manager. Pre-course experience does not have to be extensive but should allow applicants to have a good understanding of the work of a professional record keeper.

As the number of places on the course is limited, the allocation of places is on a competitive basis.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MA Archives & Records Management FT (Z020)
Duration 1 Years Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MA Archives & Records Management PT (Z100)
Duration 2 Years Attend Part Time Deadline

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Apply early to avoid disappointment.
This course is currently the only fully accredited course by Archives and Record Association (UK and Ireland) in Ireland.
Places are limited.
A waiting list will be created, if a place become available.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.




Z020: 1 year full-time
Z100: 2 years part-time


MA Archives & Records Management (Z020) Full Time
EU: fee per year - €9385
nonEU: fee per year - €19900

MA Archives & Records Management (Z100) Part Time
EU: fee per year - €5730
nonEU: fee per year - €9950

***Fees are subject to change.

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Since programmes for the education of records professionals were first established in UCD in the 1970s, successful graduates have found work in a range of archives, libraries and corporations in Ireland and globally. The MA programme is also the first step for those seeking to pursue an academic career in archives and records management education.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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