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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

What is an archive and how can it be used? Students are introduced to some archives in Aberdeen and learn how to make best use of these important resources for research. Seminars investigate the history and philosophy of archival collections, and how they relate to museums, libraries and galleries; approaches to the evaluation of contents of archives and qualitative analyses of specific collections. Assessment is based on a 5000-word essay in which students are asked to identify and analyse material from a specific archive which may be in Aberdeen, or elsewhere in Scotland, the UK, or abroad.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jackson Armstrong

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Master of Letters in Museum Studies or Master Of Science In Cultural And Creative Communication or Master of Letters in Scandinavian Studies (Viking & Medieval Studies) or Master Of Letters In Viking And Medieval Nordic Studies or Master of Letters in Modern History or Master of Letters in Medieval and Early Modern Studies or Master Of Letters In Christianity And The Visual Arts
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • HI502L Approaching Archives (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will provide students with an introduction to, overview of, and engagement with, the key skills necessary to conduct research in archival and library collections at graduate level. In particular the course will focus on certain specific issues especially relevant to the University’s Special Collection, the Museum Collection and Aberdeen City Archives, where students will receive an introduction into the nature of the collection, the way to access materials relevant to their research, and the principle according to which these archives are structured.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments


Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback Word Count 5000
Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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