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Postgraduate Diploma in Archival Studies (PDAS)


The program is jointly organized by: EASTICA and the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE) of the University of Hong Kong.


The course aims to : Training students to become professional archivists by providing them with a broad and enriched learning experience covering a full spectrum of principles and methodology in managing records and archives throughout their life-cycle and in setting up and managing an archival institution.

Target Participants

  • On completion of the programme, students should be able to
    • Apply the techniques to set up an archive and manage records in an office setting
    • Analyse the issues, methods and problems in managing office documents and business records
    • Synthesise the major concepts of archives especially in areas of acquisition, description and dissemination
    • Evaluate the impact of globalization on records and archives management
    • Identify the major records-related laws and apply the knowledge to review legal issues relating to archival operation
    • Apply the theories and practices in performing archival functions
    • Apply conceptual models in preserving digital archives

Program Content

  • It is a 12-months part time programme consisting of 13 core modules.
  • Students must satisfy the following criteria:
    • Achieve 75% attendance
    • Pass the required continuous assessment and examination of all module
Core Modules
Core Modules Contact Hours
Archives and Archivist: Fundamentals of Archives Management and Role of an Archivist 42
Records in Office System: Management of Records throughout Their Life Cycle 18
Appraisal and Acquisition 18
Arrangement and Description 30
Management of Electronic Records and Archives Automation 18
Project I  18
Setting Up and Managing An Archives 18
Managing Current Records 18
Globalisation and Memory of the World 18
Legal Issues in Archives and Records Management 18
Advanced Appraisal, Arrangement and Description 30
Digital Curation 18
Project II 18

Admission Requirement

  • Applicants shall hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized university.
  • If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency such as :
    • an overall band of 6.0 with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
    • a score of 550 in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 in the computer- based TOEFL, or a score of 80 in the internet-based TOEFL; or
    • HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or
    • HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3 or above; or
    • equivalent qualifications.
  • Preference will be given to those who have work experience in record-keeping, management of archives or library services.
  • Applicants with other qualifications and relevant work experience will be considered on individual merit.


  • Application FeeHK$150 HK$150 (Non-refundable)
  • Course FeeHK$36,000

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