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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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Zdenka SEMLIČ RAJH, Archival Councillor, graduated in History at the University in Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts.  She obtained Master’s degree (M.Phil.) in the field of Information and Library science at the same faculty and is just about to complete the Ph.D. from the same field. In 2010, she was awarded with the title Archival Councillor given by the Ministry of Culture, which is the highest professional title in Slovenia. Since 1990, she has been employed at the Regional Archives Maribor and is involved in all aspects of records and archival management.  In the same year began her involvement with the International Institute for Archival Science (at that time still part of the Regional Archives Maribor), where she was the the Head of the Study Programme and was also responsible for international relations between 1990–2001. Today she holds the position of the IIAS Executive Board member. As a researcher in the field of archival science and records management, she is taking part in national and international research projects related to the archival professional standards, organisation of information and especially to the problems of the creation of headings, classifications and thesauri in archival institutions and retrieval of information.  She is the author many published and performed works related to archival science. In 2013, she became a lecturer for the field of Archival and Records Management Studies at the University Alma Mater Europaea – European Centre Maribor. From 2000-2004 she was a member of the ICA Committee on Buildings and Equipment in Temperate Climate (ICA/CBTE). She is a Chair of the Working Group for Slovenian Archival Terminology. Since 2014, she is a member of the ICA Experts Group for Archival Buildings and Environment. In 2014 she was the recipient of »Glazerjeva Award«, the highest award given by the City of Maribor for outstanding achievements in the field of culture in the past two years.


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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