This programme aims to prepare students for careers as archivists and records managers, for employment in related fields and for further research at doctoral and postdoctoral level. It offers those who already have responsibility for archives collections an excellent grounding in archival science and the opportunity to further develop skills in leadership, advocacy and collaboration.
A placement with an archives or records service, under a suitable mentor, is an integral part of this programme and, where appropriate, may be carried out where the student is already employed or volunteers. This programme (both Masters and Postgraduate Diploma) has been accredited by the Archives and Records Association of the UK and Ireland as a professional qualification in archives and records management.
Candidates must have at least a strong II.2 B.A. degree in History or a cognate subject. Basic computer competence is also required. Candidates are expected to be involved first-hand in archival work for the duration of the programme.
Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850
This one year full-time programme includes, lectures, tutorials and fieldtrips, these are generally scheduled Thursday afternoon and evening (from 12 noon, concluding 8pm) and all day Friday (to 5pm). This is to facilitate the archives placement, which is usually on Mondays and / or Tuesdays. On campus overnight accommodation may be arranged through the Maynooth Campus Conference and Accommodation Office, https://www.maynoothcampus.com/.
The modules offered on this programme provide students with a foundation in archival science and records management that integrates both theoretical and practical elements. This is reflected in the modes of assessment. For example, students catalogue a small collection to international standards, submit a business plan for the management of records in their repository or organisation, prepare a funding bid and tender documentation, and host an exhibition, among other assignments.
The programme includes a minor thesis which allows students to explore questions of current relevance to the field of archival studies and/or records management and may be tied to the collection(s) or repository with which the student has first-hand experience, where practicable. Lecturers are drawn from the Department of History, the University Library (Special Collections, Archives), the OPW-Maynooth University Archive and Research Centre at Castletown House, Celbridge, and the Department of Media Studies.
Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.