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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Plymouth University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The MA programme is designed and taught in partnership with archival professionals, created to give you practical experience of the archive, from manuscripts to film, sound and digital archives. Co-taught with The Box, Plymouth's new heritage centre, and with links to local archives and work-based learning, you also learn about current and practical management issues, the varied needs of users and how to communicate through outreach and marketing.

Careers with this subject

The MA Archival Practice is designed to prepare you for a range of archive and related jobs, including posts with local government, national archives, museums, universities, businesses and charities.

Key features

  • Taught in partnership with The Box, Plymouth's new heritage centre, with archival professionals as core and optional module teachers and in the placement module.
  • Work-based learning is a key feature of the MA.
  • Digital skills are embedded in all modules.
  • You develop links with local record offices and other archives which will be important for future employment in the archive and heritage sector.
  • The core and optional modules meet practical and current needs (fund-raising, employment law, archival and digital skills) for a range of archive and related jobs.
  • Designed to be an accredited, professional qualification aligned to the Archives and Records Association’s new competencies in core modules. Provisional accreditation for the programme is being sought.

You can study MA Archival Practice full time over one year, or part time over two years. Your studies will consist of six modules, of which five are core modules: The Management of Archives; Audiences and Users in Archives; Placement; Business of Archives; Dissertation You’ll supplement these with an optional module where you select the areas of archival practice that you interest you from a range of options including Palaeography; Display and Interpretation; Sound and Vision.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Plymouth

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    Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, England

The university has a thriving international community, with over 2,500 students from more than 100 countries, and 80 partnerships in over 30 countries.
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The university is renowned for its world-leading research, especially in the fields of marine and maritime, health technologies and sustainability.

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