Archival Studies

Master's degree programme, full-time study mode, single-subject, Czech, 2 years 
Master's degree programme, full-time study mode, double-subject, Czech, 2 years 
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The Master’s degree study programme in Archival Studies prepares qualified professionals for specialized and managerial positions in archival practice and records management. The objective of the study programme is to gain a thorough knowledge of pre-archival care and records management, compiling major fund groups, and making archival sources accessible for research purposes (mainly in the form of creating metadata for digitalized archival material). Students further deepen their knowledge of the archive networks in the Czech Republic and neighbouring countries and develop their knowledge of modern diplomatics and palaeography, modern administration, and modern history. They strengthen their language skills for work with archival material by studying historical language systems. They will learn to combine knowledge and apply it in practice. Based on individual study, they will work with unfamiliar archival material and successfully solve demanding archival tasks. They will gain basic managerial skills.

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • apply theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills in archival practice
  • provide complete records management of an institution in accordance with the current legal framework
  • process complex archival collections
  • compile high quality metadata for digitalized archival material
  • compile demanding research for complex historical issues
  • review previous findings and propose new solutions and theories
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Graduates of the Master’s degree study programme in Archival Studies will be prepared for independent expert work and for carrying out complex activities in all types of archives, registries, administration, and state and local government, or in the relevant departments of museums, galleries, and libraries. They will be competent in positions at various management levels in such institutions.

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The standard duration of the Master’s degree study programme in Archival Studies is four semesters.

Students may choose between a single-subject and double-subject form of study. For admittance to the final state examination, students of the single-subject study programme must earn 120 credits for type A/required courses, type B/selective courses, and type C/elective courses. Required courses constitute the basis of the discipline and make up 73 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing the Master’s thesis). Out of the type B/selective courses which make up 30 credits in total, students choose according to their interests and their intended professional specialization. The remaining 4 credits can be earned by completing a course in a foreign language for professional and academic purposes at the B2 level. There is an obligation to complete 3 type C/elective courses. The remaining number of credits, making up a total of 120 credits, can be earned by completing some of the type B/selective or type C/elective courses in the PVH study programme or in other historical sciences, in particular those with the codes HIB, or in other courses offered by the faculty and university.

For admittance to the final state examination, students of the double-subject study programme must earn 70 credits (diploma studies) or 50 credits (non-diploma studies) for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses. Required courses constitute the basis of the discipline and make up 53 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing the Master’s thesis) for the diploma study or 43 credits for non-diploma study. Out of the type B/selective courses, which make up 15 credits for diploma study or 5 credits for non-diploma study, students choose according to their interests and their intended professional specialization. The remaining 2 credits can be earned by completing a course in a foreign language for professional and academic purposes at the B2 level.

During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. The study catalogues for the individual years of matriculation are available at the Faculty of Arts website.

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The study of the single-subject Master’s degree study programme in Archival Studies is completed by the final state examination consisting of the following parts: 1) defence of the Master’s thesis; 2) written exam in modern palaeography; and 3) oral exam in modern diplomatics and archival theory and practice.

Students can register for the final state examination after receiving the required number of credits and submitting the Master’s thesis.

The study of the double-subject Master’s degree study programme in Archival Studies is completed by the final state examination, consisting of the following parts: 1) defence of the Master’s thesis or submission and acceptance of the Master’s minor thesis; 2) written exam in modern palaeography; and 3) oral exam in modern diplomatics and archival theory and practice.

Students can register for the final state examination after receiving the required number of credits and submitting the Master’s thesis (diploma studies) or the Master’s minor thesis (non-diploma studies).

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After completing the Master’s degree study programme in Archival Studies, it is possible to continue further studies in a doctoral degree study programme (after satisfying the admission requirements).

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Archival Studies
Abbreviation: AR
Code: 7105T005
Type: Master's degree programme (following the Bachelor's one)
Degree: Mgr.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: N7105 N-HI Historical Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts
Field guarantor:
doc. PhDr. Zbyněk Sviták, CSc.