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The Dual Master's programme Archival and Information Studies focuses on Archival Studies, treating contemporary archival theory and practice, training archivists in the science and craft of record-keeping, and providing insight into the archives of the past and future.

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Archiving the everyday

The computational turn has fundamentally changed the way people and institutions produce, use, collect, share, and keep information. Data is the vital fuel for a growing number of applications in daily life and has become a fundamental human resource, similar to food, energy or transportation. The result is a fragmentation and personalisation of data-creation and data-use.

What are the implications of these developments for information management and record-keeping? How can we keep relevant information accessible in time? How does the data driven culture transform societal values such as transparency and privacy? And how do we keep the archives of the past connected to the needs of the present? These questions are central to the Dual Master's in Archival Studies.

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Archival and Information Studies: Archival Studies at the University of Amsterdam

Archival and Information Studies: Archival Studies is an 18-month Dual Master's programme that covers the full spectrum of the field and serves as an academic preparation for the profession. It treats contemporary archival theory and practice, trains archivists in the science and craft of recordkeeping, and provides insight into the archives of the past and future.

The programme offers you the unique opportunity to develop your practical experience in the field through an internship. The internship will allow you to get acquainted with the practices and challenges of recordkeeping and archiving in the 21st century, and apply the specialist knowledge and theoretical reflection of your coursework to a professional context. 

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One-year programme

The UvA also offers a one-year programme in Archival and Information Studies that is focused on Information Studies. For more information, see:

Archival and Information Studies: Information Studies

Degree certificate

Archival and Information Studies: Archival Studies is a programme of the accredited Master's degree programme Media Studies. Upon successful completion of this programme you will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in Media Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

With an additional 30 ECTS in the field of history, law or public administration, students can obtain the Archivistiek A certificate which is required for some positions in the Netherlands.

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Archival and Information Studies (Media Studies)
Degree programme MA Media Studies
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time, part-time
Credits 90 ECTS, 18 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60830