Archives MRes

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2023
  • Entry requirements: You will need a good 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a closely related subject.
Archives mres

Module details

Students study one 30-credit core module and one 30-credit research training modules, culminating in a 120 credit dissertation.

Compulsory modules

Record-keeping Theory and Practice (HIST577)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To develop a critical awareness of record-keeping theory and its application in practice in records management and archival environments;

To convey knowledge about relevant record-keeping standards and their practical application within different organisational contexts;

To develop an understanding of the relationship between record-keeping and other professions and disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Improved cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, including the ability to identify and use evidence, concepts and theories to develop a well-structured argument

(LO2) An awareness of texts, authors and debates relevant to the module and an ability to assess the associated ideas, arguments and contribution in relation to theory and practice

(LO3) An improved ability to interrogate the relationship between theory and practice, including the ability to apply subject knowledge, skills and understanding critically and effectively to real-world situations

(LO4) An improved ability to describe, contextualise and offer explanations for the complexity and diversity of events, practices and mentalities in areas relevant to the module

(LO5) Deeper appreciation of the value of records and their management to support legal, financial, political and cultural functions in personal, organisational, community and/or societal contexts relevant to the scope of the module

(LO6) Knowledge and critical understanding of relevant standards and best practice for the identification, classification, cataloguing and/or indexing of records (current and/or archival) and an ability to deploy them appropriately in different contexts and for different user groups

(LO7) Improved personal skills, including time management, planning and organisational skills, formulating relevant questions, problem-solving and decision-making

(LO8) Awareness of the role of technology in relation to the topics covered by the module and an ability to use technology in ways appropriate to the scope of the module

(S1) Information skills - Record-keeping

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S6) Time and project management - Project management

(S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S8) Information skills - Critical reading

(S9) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

Research Project Development By Directed Study (HLAC503)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide a focus for students' knowledge of recent methodological and theoretical developments in their chosen field and facilitate their acquisition of relevant subject knowledge;

To provide a framework within which to design a feasible research project;

To arrive in a position to begin a piece of independent study, with confidence, within appropriate scholarly conventions.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The student will gain the knowledge and skills needed to design a robust research project.

(LO2) The student's academic development will benefit from exploring the topic of his/her research with an acknowledged expert in the field.

(LO3) The student will be prepared to undertake a major piece of independent research.

(LO4) The student will be prepared to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - reflective practice

(S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

(S5) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

Hlc Research Masters Dissertation (HLAC501)
LevelM
Credit level120
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide the guidance and support to allow the student to complete a major piece of independent study to a high standard;

To encourage the student to develop as a member of a scholarly research community through providing opportunitie to integrate within that community.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By completing a project successfully the student will have made a contribution to scholarly research and / or methodological development in their chosen field.

(LO2) The student will have gained a good understanding of the conventions of scholarly research in their area of study and be able to work appropriately within these conventions.

(LO3) The student will have demonstrated a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

(LO4) The student will have demonstrated self-direction and originality in identifying and addressing problems and ability to act autonomously in planning and implementing a project to a high level of competency.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

(S6) Research skills - All Information skills

(S7) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

(S8) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience

(S9) Research skills - Ethical awareness

(S10) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience


*The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative and could be subject to change.