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Why Archival and Information Studies at the UvA?

Globally unique programme

The programme sets itself apart through its combination of practice-based learning, connecting recordkeeping to societal issues and its international orientation.

Collaboration with professionals

The programme collaborates with a range of organisations, from local to international, from small to large, from information-oriented to heritage, and from issue-specific to general.

(Inter)national internship

The internship focuses on an academic problem-based project proposal, applying the coursework knowledge to contemporary recordkeeping challenges, including hands-on experience.

Shared expertise  

The programme collaborates with the MA Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, meaning you will have access to the shared expertise of both programmes while also enjoying track-specific, small-scale, specialist teaching.

Is Archival and Information Studies right for you?

  1. You are interested in societal issues such as (de)colonialism, accountability, sustainability, and in connecting these to recordkeeping.
  2. You are eager to conduct research independently, and collaboratively.
  3. You are interested in how institutions, communities and individuals engage with their historical past, present and future through appraisal, collection, preservation and curation practices.
  4. You want to delve deeper in the science and profession of recordkeeping and explore insight into the archives of the past and future.
Archival and Information Studies
What does this programme entail?

In this video a teacher and a student of the programme explain in 5 minutes how this programme is structured and what the unique aspects are.

Copyright: UvA
Governments collect and use large amounts of data about people, sometimes with far-reaching consequences for citizens. My research focuses on how recordkeeping can contribute to fair governance in which ethics, accountability and transparency are important principles. Profile page Prof. Charles Jeurgens

Degree certificate

Archival and Information 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.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MA Media Studies
Regular study programme
90 ECTS, 18 months
Language of instruction
Starts in
CROHO code
University Quarter