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Archives & Records Management

MA Archives & Records Management

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA Archives and Records Management is an exciting degree which qualifies students to care for and provide access to the historic and future memory contained in a range of records, from medieval manuscripts to born digital material.

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.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The MA Archives and Records Management class comprises an international cohort of students with a variety of academic backgrounds and life experiences. The programme is ideal for both recent graduates and those seeking a career change. It is also ideal for individuals with advanced academic degrees seeking a professional qualification.

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.

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.


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

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Contact Name:
Elizabeth Mullins
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 7544

Subjects taught

Core Modules:
Archives sustainability and preservation management ARCV40030
Archives and their Users - Advocacy and the Archives Gateway ARCV40040
Managing Records & Information in Public & Private Organisations
Dissertation ARCV40200
Archival Science: Research Methods and Theory ARCV40340
Deciding what to Keep - Archival Acquisition and Appraisal ARCV40350
Archival Representation - Arranging and Describing Archives ARCV41340
Perspectives on Practice ARCV41470

Stage 1 - Option
Introductory Latin ARCV40060
Digitising Archive Collections ARCV40150
Introduction to Palaeography: Medieval and Early Modern Scripts
Web Publishing IS30020
Managing Information Technology for Information Professionals
Management for Information Professionals IS40370
Digital Libraries IS40560


The programme provides education in the management of records and archives which is reflected in the 8 core modules of the programme.

Application date

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

MA Archives & Records Management PT (Z100)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2017/2018 September

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