Award Type and NFQ level : POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHP70

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Closing Date : 12 July 2019

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This programme aims to prepare students for careers as archivists and records managers and for employment in related fields. 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.

The Postgraduate Diploma reproduces the MA in Historical Archives without the minor thesis. The Postgraduate Diploma is especially suited to persons who already hold a master’s or doctoral degree and are seeking to acquire a professional qualification in archives and records management.

Both the Postgraduate Diploma in Historical Archives and the MA in Historical Archives have been accredited by the Archives and Records Association of the UK and Ireland as a professional qualification in archives and records management. Entry requirements for both programmes are the same.

September 2019

At least second class honours degree or equivalent in History. Holders of a degree of at least three years’ standing in any discipline can be admitted if they have a proven record of interest and involvement in the field of historical archives. Basic computer competence is also required. Candidates may be called for interview, and/ or for an assessment of their computer skills, as part of the selection process. 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,

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. 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.


Course Duration: 1 Year Full-time

Graduates of this programme hold a recognized qualification that enables them to work as professional archivists and records managers in commercial, public service, voluntary, and other sectors across the UK and Ireland, and internationally wherever the ARA-accredited qualification is recognized.  Recent graduates have found work in religious institutions, voluntary societies, banks, county archives, dioceses, colleges and historic houses.

Online application only

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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.



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