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.
Vision & Values Statement
The MA Archives and Records Management programme 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, and to select, curate and ensure access to the historic and future memory they contain.
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.
The programme's learning environment comprises lectures, seminars, field trips, practitioner visits and work placements. Onsite facilities allow students to gain practical experience of archival preservation, processing and digitization, often working in collaboration with external archival repositories.
Teaching, learning and assessment is based on enabling students to complete assignments, both individually and in groups, which practically simulate the work of the professional record-keeper. An engagement with the theory behind contemporary practice is encouraged through presentations, essays and a minor research dissertation.
-Students should be able to demonstrate a thorough grounding in and knowledge of the principles underlying the theory and practice of the care and management of archives and records in all formats.
-understand the specific historic, administrative and legal context of records and archives, and the relevance to these of national and international legislative provision and standards.
-engage critically with current research trends and methodologies in archives and records management and appreciate their relevance to the workplace.
-autonomously apply the skills of the archivist and records manager in a variety of working environments.
-actively embrace the ethical and cultural responsibilities of the professional record keeper.
-assume responsibility for their professional career progression including the acquisition of new skills and the development of their leadership and management potential.
-identify with the national and international community of archivists and records managers.