Information Management & Preservation (Digital)/(Archives & Records Management) MSc

Student in Archives

The programme provides you with an understanding of contemporary information and records management issues. It pays special attention to the management of digital records and electronic resources, and how to manage these alongside analogue resources.

Key facts

  • MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
  • PgDip 9 months full-time;
  • PgCert 4 months full-time;
  • Contact: Ms Adele Redhead:

Why this programme

  • The programme is designed for those with a vocational interest in records management, archives and digital curation. It will prepare you to work in these fields, and give you a thorough grounding for continuing with research.
  • You will complete a two-week work placement in an archive, records management or digital repository.
  • As a graduate you will be eligible to be accredited by both the Archives & Records Association and CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), providing valuable professional recognition in both the archive and library fields.

Programme structure

You will develop skills in the core competencies of archives, records, and information management, creating and managing digital records, digital curation and preservation issues, archival theory, user needs, and description,
cataloguing, and navigation.

The programme consists of six courses spread over two semesters. You will take courses in:

  • Archives and records information management
  • Records and evidence
  • Description, cataloguing and navigation
  • Management, curation and preservation of digital materials.

Optional courses include: 

  • 2D digitisation
  • Law for cultural heritage institutions
  • Archives and records theory
  • Records and the transition to the digital
  • Palaeography
  • Phenomenology.

To graduate with the MSc you will also need to complete a course in research methods and professional studies, and produce a dissertation.

Core and optional courses

Course 1: Archives & Records Information Management


This course gives students a thorough understanding of the principles behind archives and records management practice. It underpins the rest of the MSc programme by giving students a comprehensive insight into professional principles and concepts, and by providing them with a sound foundation from which to begin their professional practice. The course also outlines the compliance and regulatory requirements of the creation, management, and disposal of records.


  • 50% Essay 1
  • 50% Essay 2

Course 2: Records & Evidence


Records & Evidence examines the ways in which evidence is deployed in support of discourses across the humanities, how it is validated and what assumptions are made in its synthesis. It will review the way evidence is treated from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Different types of evidence and records will be considered from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including texts, music, images, numbers, artefacts, and architecture. Traditional views of what constitutes 'texts' will examined alongside contemporary concerns about their migration into digital format. Visits to a number of specialist repositories and institutions will enable records to be placed in context and provide first hand experience of the building blocks of any discipline.


  • 60% Essay
  • 20% Seminar participation
  • 20% Peer assesment

Course 3: Description, Cataloguing and Navigation


This course reviews the principles of ordering and describing information and knowledge - archival, bibliographic, and object description, with emphasis on international standards and the problems relating to the methods of navigating digital resources to retrieve information and knowledge. Particular attention will be paid to International Standards such as ISAD (G) and ISAAR (CPF), and the use of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) to implement these standards. The taught course will be supplemented with one weeks practical placement in a repository, which will provide students with an opportunity to create an archival finding aid for a collection.


50% peer review of collection catalogue (to be undertaken on listing placement) as displayed on-line 50% collection catalogue (as amended in the light of their peer assessment).

Course 4 - Management, Curation and Preservation of Digital Materials


This course provides the students with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure that they can reconcile the physical and intellectual considerations of the management, curation and preservation of digital materials. The students will explore the theory behind preservation policies and examine a variety of preservation models. The course also includes a one-week repository placement to allow them to examine ways in which theoretical models can be realistically adapted according to practical circumstances.


  • 50% Project report
  • 40% Repository policy based on placement experience
  • 10% Placement report

Optional courses

  • 2D Digitisation
  • Law for cultural heritage institutions
  • Archives and records theory
  • Records and the transition to the digital
  • Palaeography
  • Phenomenology.


Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

You should have a minimum of two weeks' experience in related field.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.5
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 64; minimum 62 in writing

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2016-17


Home and EU
Full time fee£6950
Part time 20 credits£772
Full time fee£15250


Home and EU
Full time fee£2317
Part time 20 credits£772
Full time fee£5083


Home and EU
Full time fee£4633
Part time 20 credits£772
Full time fee£10167

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

As a graduate, you will be well placed for a career as an archivist, records manager or digital curator within a variety of public and private organisations.

Positions held by recent graduates include Assistant Archivist and Records Manager.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 22 July 2016 
  • UK and EU applications: 26 August 2016

Classes start September 2016 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

Information Management & Preservation (Digital)/(Archives & Records Management)

How to apply Information Management and Preservation

Your application should also include a short statement (500 words) outlining your interest in the programme.

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