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Archives and Records Management

Graduate diploma

Gain the skills to design and manage record-keeping systems and ensure the efficient and ethical management of information.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Diploma in Archives and Records Management
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Special Study Period 1, 2023

8 August 2022

Applications now closed!

Special Study Period 2, 2023

6 March 2023

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Special Study Period 3, 2023

Applications now open!

10 August 2023

Special Study Period 1, 2024

7 August 2023

8 February 2024

Special Study Period 2, 2024

4 March 2024

9 May 2024

Special Study Period 3, 2024

6 May 2024

8 August 2024

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Why study Archives and Records Management at Curtin?

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.



This information is relevant for students commencing study in 2023. If you plan to commence study in 2022, please view the current offering.

This course will qualify you to work as an archivist and records manager in a range of organisations, including in community and national archives and the records offices of government, non-profit and corporate organisations.

You’ll learn how to manage and preserve records and archives and to design recordkeeping systems. You’ll also critically analyse recordkeeping systems as instruments of power, accountability, identity, memory and social justice – giving you the skills to  ensure efficient and ethical management of information.

During your studies you’ll complete a three-week practicum in a records or an archives setting, gaining real-world experience and the opportunity to develop your professional networks.

This course is also a pathway to a Master of Information Science and the Master of Information Science (Extended).


Instead of being delivered in semesters, this course is delivered across four study periods each year:

  • Special Study Period 1: March–May
  • Special Study Period 2: June–August
  • Special Study Period 3: September–November
  • Special Study Period 4: December–February

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How this course will make you industry ready

You'll complete a three-week practicum in a records or an archives setting, gaining real-world experience and the opportunity to develop your professional networks.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of the theory, principles and practices in archival science and records management
  • generate creative and innovative solutions to complex issues facing archives and records management professionals
  • access, adapt, and create information and technologies to communicate with diverse stakeholders
  • engage in ethical and culturally capable information practices within local, regional and international contexts
  • recognise, respect and support diverse cultures and knowledges with particular awareness of Indigenous perspectives
  • demonstrate personal autonomy, accountability and collaboration in professional archives and records management practice that reflects high ethical and moral standards

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Applicants require a minimum of a three year bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary education provider. The course relies on technology skills, so applicants must be competent in word processing and the use of the internet, including web browsing software, before starting the course.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

2023 Fee year:



2024 Fee year:



Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

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For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Special Study Period 3
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Special Study Period 1
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Special Study Period 2
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Special Study Period 3
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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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