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In the part-time degree program in Archival Sciences, you will reflect on archival sciences findings in relation to your own professional practice. The master's program qualifies you for the higher archival service in public archives of the federal and state governments.
You will learn about instruments for successful management as well as important legal aspects of the professional field. The focus is also on working with digital archives and teaching educational work. The program always begins in the winter semester of an odd-numbered calendar year.

Degree:
Master of Arts
Type:
Part time
Advanced Master's program
Course language:
German
Standard study period:
6 semesters part-time (start: winter semester of an odd calendar year)
Start of study:
Winter semester
Application deadline:
02.05.–30.06.2023 in odd calendar years (admission restricted)
Admission requirements:
Successfully completed university studies, at least 12 months of work experience in an archival institution, proof of work in an archival institution during studies.
Credits:
120 ECTS credits
Module Manuals & Regulations
The Study

With the Potsdam model into the higher archives service

Eine Archiv-Studentin begutachtet ein historisches Foto

The degree program in Archival Sciences is the only program in Germany that allows you to obtain an additional qualification at a high professional level in three years.This so-called "Potsdam Model" is forward-looking because it counteracts the shortage of specialists while at the same time increasing demand.

There are three days of attendance within a semester. We use the e-learning platform "Moodle" for optimal support of our students. In the first semesters, a predefined timetable with compulsory modules makes it easier for you as a professional to get started. From the 4th semester onwards, you can specialize with compulsory elective modules. In the last semester, you finish the program with a master's thesis and are now qualified for higher service.

Is this course of study a good fit for you?

You like the exciting work in the archives and want to expand your knowledge with this additional professional qualification for the higher archival service? In order to begin the master's program, you need proof of graduation from another humanities subject, whether a bachelor's degree, diploma, Magister Artium, or master's degree (in some cases also with a doctorate). Requirements also include 12 months of professional experience and a current job at an archival institution that is contractually secured for two years.

Contact

The colleagues of the Student Counselling Service inform prospective students, first-year students, parents, teachers and students about all general questions concerning the study program. If you have specific questions or concerns about the subject of archival sciences, please contact the relevant advisor.

Prof. Dr. Susanne Freund
Professorin für Archivwissenschaft
Projektleiterin graduale Fernweiterbildung Archiv
Projektleiterin des Weiterbildungs-Studiengangs Archivwissenschaft (M. A.)
Projektleiterin des Weiterbildungsprogramms "Archive im Informationszeitalter"

These degree programs might also interest you

Weitere Studiengänge
Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
MA Archival Sciences German Winter semester
02.05.–30.06.2023 in odd calendar years (admission restricted)
MA Digital Data Management German Summer semester
15.12. – 15.02. (admission restricted)
Career prospects

Degree programs

Weitere Studiengänge
Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
MA Archival Sciences German Winter semester
02.05.–30.06.2023 in odd calendar years (admission restricted)
MA Digital Data Management German Summer semester
15.12. – 15.02. (admission restricted)

Career Prospects

Upon completion of the master's degree program in archival sciences, you can begin a career in the higher archival service.

If you have completed a subject-related vocational training, for example as a specialist for media and information services – specialization archive or archive assistant, and work in an archive, the distance learning archive could be interesting for you.

Possible areas of application

  • Archives of the federal, state and local governments
  • Parliamentary archives
Study contents

Course of studies

The master's program in Archival Sciences starts every two years - in each case on the odd-numbered years. Within a semester, there are two attendance dates of three days each. These attendance days are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The standard period of study for the part-time program in archival science is six semesters and concludes with a Master of Arts (MA) degree. The program consists of basic compulsory modules, subject-specific compulsory modules and elective modules and is completed with the writing of a Master's thesis and its defense.

 

1. 3rd semester

Basic studies, mandatory modules

4th semester Compulsory elective modules, subject-specific specialization
5. 6th semester compulsory modules, master thesis and colloquium

Study Contents

Teaching formats

In the master's program in Archival Sciences, we work with different teaching formats. Since this is a part-time program, there is a division between face-to-face appointments, work in Moodle, and self-study.

  • Seminars
  • Exercises
  • Projects

Mandatory modules

  • Information and Society
  • Methods of archival science
  • Archival typology and history
  • Archive Management
  • records management
  • Cataloguing in archives
  • Archival technology
  • Archive Law/Freedom of Information Laws
  • Historical education and public relations
  • Historical auxiliary sciences
  • Administrative history
  • Digital Archives
  • Digital long-term archiving
  • Project Management

Electives

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Database archiving
  • Meta description languages
  • Organizational development and management techniques
  • Edition techniques
  • History project

Forms of examination

  • term papers
  • practical final papers
  • written exams
  • presentations

 

Thesis

  • Preparation of a master thesis and its defense

Study content by semester

  • Information and Society
  • Methods of archival science
  • Archival typology and history
  • Archive management

  • Records Management
  • Cataloguing in archives
  • Archival Technology
  • Archive Law/Freedom of Information Laws

  • historical education and public relations
  • historical auxiliary sciences

  • Administrative history
  • digital archives
  • IuK technologies (compulsory elective module)
  • database archiving (compulsory elective module)
  • meta description languages (compulsory elective module)
  • organizational development and management techniques (compulsory elective module)
  • Edition techniques (compulsory elective module)
  • History project (compulsory elective module)

  • digital long-term archiving
  • Project management

  • Master thesis

Module Manuals & Regulations

A detailed description of the course content, such as study plans and descriptions of individual modules in the Archival Sciences program, can be found in the module handbook, the subject-specific study and examination regulations, and the internship regulations.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Susanne Freund
Professorin für Archivwissenschaft
Projektleiterin graduale Fernweiterbildung Archiv
Projektleiterin des Weiterbildungs-Studiengangs Archivwissenschaft (M. A.)
Projektleiterin des Weiterbildungsprogramms "Archive im Informationszeitalter"
Application & Enrollment

Application & Enrollment

Enrollment in the Master's degree program in Archival Sciences takes place every two years in the odd-numbered years during the winter semester. There is a selection procedure prior to enrollment. Applications are possible from 02.05. to 30.06. of the respective year.

The semesteer fee and fees of 1,200 euros per semester are charged.

Access requirements

  • Successfully completed studies at a university in a non-archival bachelor's degree program of at least six semesters or in a diploma or master's degree program of at least eight semesters with a total of at least 180 ECTS credits.
  • at least 12 months of professional experience in an archival institution in the scope of a full-time job covering the range of tasks and topics of relevant, practical archival work (in justified cases, an exception to this rule is possible upon application to the selection committee)
  • Proof of a study-related activity in an archival institution at the time of admission, which is contractually secured for the following 24 months (at least 15 h/week or 300 h/semester

Documents to be submitted

  • officially certified copy of the university entrance qualification or the university degree certificate
  • Insurance certificate of the statutory health insurance for students or proof of exemption from the statutory insurance obligation
  • Proof of payment or order confirmation of the semester fee
  • photograph for the issuance of the Campus.Card
  • If applicable, certificate of exmatriculation from the last university attended
  • If applicable, further documents according to the enrollment application form

Enrollment Application

The enrollment application is submitted online in the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. After entering the information required for enrollment, an enrollment application is created. This application must be signed and submitted to the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam by mail together with the university entrance qualification in paper form. Please refer to the enrollment application if you need to submit additional documents. The deadline for submission is the last day of the enrollment period. The date of receipt at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is decisive.

Selection procedure

Applicants who meet the admission requirements take part in the procedure for awarding study places. In the allocation procedure, the following will be deducted in advance from the number of study places to be allocated:

  • all applicants who were unable to accept an earlier admission due to service and all applicants who are members of the national squad of a national sports federation of the German Olympic Sports Confederation,
  • 11 % for applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification,
  • 3 % for applicants who are to be considered on the basis of hardship.

The remaining places are allocated 90 % on the basis of the results of the aptitude test and 10 % on the basis of waiting time.

Admission to the Master's program is decided by a selection committee appointed by the department on the basis of the study and examination regulations and the currently valid statutes for the implementation of the university selection procedure for the Master's program in Archival Sciences. The following are used as selection criteria

  • the final grade of the first university degree (40 %)
  • the type of professional activity (30 %)
  • the duration of previous professional experience (20 %)
  • the type of first university degree and other university degrees obtained (5 %)
  • a letter of motivation (5 %)

General information on application and enrollment procedures

There are various application procedures at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. General information on application and enrollment procedures as well as information on part-time studies, guest auditors and second degree studies can be found on the general application pages.

General information about the application

International applicants

You would like to apply for studies from the first or a higher semester and have acquired your school leaving certificate and/or university degree abroad? Then you can have degrees and achievements obtained abroad recognized and study with us.

To the application information for internationals

Contact

Student Counselling Service

Prof. Dr. Susanne Freund
Professorin für Archivwissenschaft
Projektleiterin graduale Fernweiterbildung Archiv
Projektleiterin des Weiterbildungs-Studiengangs Archivwissenschaft (M. A.)
Projektleiterin des Weiterbildungsprogramms "Archive im Informationszeitalter"