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Archives and Records Management

The purpose of the Alma Mater Europaea - ECM master’s program in Archives and records management is to educate and prepare students to enter the currently highly underserved archival profession.

Archival science deals with appraisal, accession/submission, arrangement, description, long-term preservation and providing authenticity and use of records.

Records management deals with managing current records throughout their life cycle, regardless the context, format or recording principle.

This study programme offers knowledge, needed for managing archival and current records from their creation to the processes of appraisal, accession/submission, arrangement, description, long-term preservation and use of records. Knowledge obtained through the master study programme will enable the graduates of archives and records management studies to manage records in different environments and with different information systems.




  Course ECTS
Total per year 60
1st semester
1 Theoretical foundations of archival science and archival ethics 10
2 Introduction to records management 10
3 Legal protection of current and archival records in the context of the rule of law 10
2nd semester
4 Structure and organisation of information 10
5 E-Archives and preservation of digital records 10
6 Research methods 10


  Course ECTS
Total per year 60
Total per study program 120
3rd semester
7 History of archival science 9
8 Elective course I 7
9 Elective course II 7
10 Project assignment 7
4th semester
11 Preservation of archival and current records 10
12 Master thesis 20


  Course ECTS
1 Access to information, users of information resources and services 7
2 European history of modern times 7
3 Information marketing 7
4 Cartography elements 7
5 Selected chapters of records management standardization 7
6 Development and structure of institutions 7
7 Elements of conservation and restoration of current and archival records 7
8 Appraisal in archival theory and practice 7
9 Cultural history of Slovenes 7
10 Current and archival records protection in case of emergency 7
11 Selected chapters from archival theory and practice 7




Undergraduate: Archives Management
Graduate: Archives and Records Management
Graduate: Archival Sciences


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Graduating from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ljubljana, in 1986, she got her Master's degree in Information Management from the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, in 1998. She is currently finishing her doctoral program in Computer and Information Science at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor.

Tatjana HAJTNIK has been working over twenty-seven years in the field of informatics. She acquired her professional experiences in both, economic companies, public sector as well as in public administration. She started her professional career as a systems engineer on large computer systems and continued it in the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia as a Chief Information Officer. In the years from 1999 to 2006, she was intensively occupied with the questions of information security in the State Administration and was the holder of the implementation of modern standards in the field of information security in the Governmental Centre for Informatics and in the wider public service. 

In 2006 she became a Head of the Department for Electronic Archives and Computer Support in the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia, where she is actively involved, in addition to the maintenance and development of the information system of the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia, with the field of electronic storage of documents and archives. 

She participated in the compilation of the development strategy of the Slovenian digital archive ( and its action plan which was confirmed by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. As a member of the project board she supervises how the strategy is being realized and is the head of the expert group directing the project. She set up the methodology for certification of equipment and services needed for digital storage of records as determined by the Archival Act, and is in charge of the certification procedures. She also participates in the process of confirmation of internal rules for capture and storage of digital records. Since 2007 she has been involved in the process of amending national legislation for the field of digital preservation. 

She is a member of the Working Group for Slovenian Archival Terminology. In 2013, she became a lecturer for the field of Archival and Records Management Studies at the University Alma Mater Europaea – European Centre Maribor. She regularly holds lectures and publishes articles on the subject of digital preservation. 


Records management processes are embedded in an increasing number of companies as a means to manage risk and cost. Records managers, who are often dually qualified as archivists, are able to set up and implement records management programs at relatively low cost to the organization but with great strategic benefits. The Archives and records management program is invaluable in providing a theoretical foundation for practical experience, and in providing insight into the wider archives and records profession. The varied experience and different academic strengths of the course tutors help to provide students with a well-rounded educational experience.

All our lectures are filmed and e-learning supported. You can watch them in live stream and re-run them at home as many times as you like.

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Graduates of the master’s program in Archives and records management will gain the knowledge they need to pursue an archives and records career in research, business, government, academia – indeed anywhere where qualified professionals are needed.

  • DURATION: 4 semesters / 2 years
  • TITLE: Master of Archives and Records Management
  • LOCATION: Slovenia
  • START DATES: October

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