Information Management and Preservation Dissertation ARTMED5017P

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The dissertation will have a subject in, or closely related to, the study of information management and preservation.


Lectures, 5 x 1 hour

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College Level.


A candidate will be permitted to progress to preparation of the dissertation, or other substantial independent work required by the degree, only if he or she has obtained a grade point average of 12 (equivalent to C3) or above in the taught courses with at least 75% of the credits at grade D3 or better and all credits at grade F or above.

Excluded Courses





The dissertation will be 12,000-15,000 words long.

Course Aims

The dissertation will give students a chance to put their project into the wider context of information management and preservation. MSc students will be required to complete a piece of empirical research which might include research done whilst based in a practical situation, for example whilst embedded in the workplace or on an additional placement. During this placement they will carry out a specific project in information management and preservation. The dissertation represents the final work in the Masters course. It will provide a research focus for students to test ideas and arguments of the academic and professional communities and develop their own.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ place their project / dissertation and wider research interests into the wider context of the world of digital curation, archives, and records information management.

■ produce work to a high level of critical and analytical thinking;

■ synthesize the elements of learning and practice from the preceding courses;

■ explain the analytical, conceptual, theoretical and critical debates in their field and with particular reference to their chosen area for detailed study.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.