MSc Digital Curation

Digital material is inherently fragile, yet in the digital era we rely on it remaining useable and accessible for both work and leisure. There is an increasing employer demand, from government, business, academic and heritage sectors, for professionals with the expertise to manage their digital assets over the long-term. Possible career areas include digital archivist, digital preservation specialist, digital projects manager and research data management.

This degree will equip you with the strategic, practical and technical skills for a career in digital curation. Knowledge of the values and principles which underpin digital asset management; and the policies, procedures and governance required to ensure the integrity of digital material over time will be acquired through lectures, seminars and practical application. These will be complemented with visits to cutting-edge organisations and lectures from leading professionals.

Core skills in digital information, digital collection development, information governance, information systems, knowledge and information architecture and digital preservation can be supplemented with specialist study in areas such as information assurance, management studies and the law and ethics surrounding digital curation.

The minimum entry requirement for the MSc Digital Curation is a good honours degree in any relevant discipline plus a minimum of 6 weeks experience in a digital information resource environment (or suitable experience for a relevant period of time, dependent on level of responsibility and breadth of activity). First degrees in computer science, digital humanities or digital media would be particularly applicable but interested students with degrees from any other disciplines are welcome to enquire.

This new course is being offered as a full time one year course from September 2013.  

How do I apply?

Please contact Sarah Higgins if you have any queries about this course by e-mail  If you would like application forms sent to you, please contact the Department’s Reception (email or phone +44 (0) 1970 622156)
The Department welcomes students from across the world and of all ages. Each application is considered individually and in certain cases the applicant may be called for interview.

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