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Start Date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM135 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Key features

  • Develop the unique and advanced skills required for archiving and information preservation.
  • Benefit from experiential learning through a practical fieldwork project and a four-week placement within a library.
  • Developed in conjunction with the State Library of South Australia and State Records of South Australia.
  • Professionally accredited by the Australian Society of Archivists.
  • Accredited by Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia.
  • 97 per cent of our assessed research is at or above world class, according to 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
  • The only degree of its kind in South Australia.
  • Flexible study opportunities, including part time and online.



Information is one of the most vital, strategic assets of an organisation. Archiving and records management professionals use their unique and advanced technological skills to maintain and leverage these assets, and to minimise organisational risk.

You can tailor your studies to suit your busy life, with flexible options such as part time and online study.

The Master of Information Management (Archives and Records Management) is the only qualification of its kind in South Australia. It leverages a unique partnership with the State Library and State Records of South Australia, it offers a learning environment informed by industry and relevant professional practice.

The degree is offered as part of a suite of three programs (graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master). Each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to a master level qualification.

If you decide to exit this degree having completed the first four courses you will receive the Graduate Certificate in Information Management. If you have completed the first eight courses you will receive the Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Archives and Records Management).

There is the option to complete a minor thesis on a topic of your choice which could result in your eligibility to apply for a PhD.

Why Master of Information Management (Archives and Records Management)

Why this Degree

Improve your employment prospects and professional standing with a master degree that’s accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association, the Australian Society of Archivists and Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia.

You will learn the most contemporary practical applications of information theory, and have the opportunity to do a practical field work project and a four-week placement in a library. You will also study several elective courses to further develop your chosen area of professional interest, and also develop a profound understanding of information behaviour, literacy, reading and readers.

The degree culminates in a professional research project or minor research thesis.

Real-world connections

Our School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences has more than 200 industry partners. In your courses you will have opportunities to get real-world experience through projects and placements with our partners.

This master degree has a strong foundation in contemporary professional practice. It has been developed and is delivered in partnership with industry – in particular the State Library of South Australia, State Records of South Australia, and the UniSA Library. Staff members from each of these industry partners teach and guest lecture in the courses, melding theory and practice and creating a convergence between librarianship, records management, and archives.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.

Your career

By 2020 in Australia, roles in archives and records management are predicted to grow by 1,000 to 7,200 roles1.

Careers to consider:

  • archivist: authenticating and appraising historical documents and archival materials; maintaining accessible, retrievable computer archives and databases; locating new materials and organising their acquisition and display
  • records manager: managing the storage and maintenance organisational records; maintaining the legal requirements of record keeping and freedom of information; ensuring the responsible and appropriate disposal of records
  • librarian: managing and resourcing a branch library, a section of a large library, a small special library, or a research program; supervising and leading staff; providing expert advice on strategic information management; managing major projects such as information technology systems

1 Australian Government Department of Employment: Occupation projections

Professional accreditation

This program is professionally accredited by Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia.

This program is professionally accredited by the Australian Society of Archivists.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will develop an advanced understanding of library collection and resource management, and study contemporary information management. You will also study several elective courses to further develop your chosen area of professional interest, and also develop a profound understanding of information behaviour, literacy, reading and readers.

Depending on your career goals, you will also complete one of the projects below.

Professional focus – Information Management Research Project
  • a professional research project in collaboration with an industry partner
  • work in a structured project team and gain practical experience in modern information management techniques and practices
  • supervised by an on-site supervisor and a UniSA course coordinator or supervisor
Research focus – Minor Thesis
  • develop an in-depth understanding of a topic agreed upon with a supervisor
  • devise the research question(s), develop a proposal for research methodology (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed) and analyse findings
  • write a minor thesis with a sound argument and relevant supporting evidence
  • supervised by a UniSA course coordinator or supervisor

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports and project documentation
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • group projects and presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities


UniSA’s research centres provide a dynamic teaching and research base for students. All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations. Through your studies you may become involved with the Advanced Computing Research Centre or the Strategic Information Management Lab.

Advanced Computing Research Centre

As one of the largest Research Centres at UniSA, the ACRC is home to a network of dedicated and highly esteemed researchers, staff, Higher Degree by Research students and Alumni. There are more than 30 members and 70 PhD students working on research across intelligent software engineering, visualisation and augmented reality, health informatics, security and information assurance, data analytics and business intelligence.

Strategic Information Management Lab

Enterprise data and information are increasingly recognised as among the most valuable, if not the most valuable proprietary resources that organisations possess. The mission of this research group is to advance knowledge of how information can be managed more effectively; and to investigate how more value can be extracted from enterprise information to enhance organisational performance and have a positive economic impact for the nation and society.

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Accessing Resources INFS 5079 4.5
Archival Management INFS 5081 4.5
Technological Foundations INFS 5107 4.5
Organising Resources INFS 5077 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Information Management Professional Practice INFS 5087 4.5
Information Management Foundations INFS 5104 4.5
Records Management INFS 5106 4.5
Information Management Experience Reports INFS 5086 0
Information Management Project INFS 5067 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methods INFT 4017 4.5
Preservation Principles INFS 5069 4.5
Digital Information Management INFS 5063 4.5
Elective 1 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Capstone Professional Project INFT 5021 9 Note(s): 1
Digital Preservation INFS 5082 4.5
Elective 2 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methods INFT 4017 4.5
ITMS Masters Minor Thesis 1 COMP 5005 9 Note(s): 2
Preservation Principles INFS 5069 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
ITMS Masters Minor Thesis 2 COMP 5003 9 Note(s): 2
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 3
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 3

I am the Program Director of Library & Information Management and Business Information Management at the University of South Australia.

I work with post graduate students and industry to make sure that our programs are relevant to library and information management, archives, and records management professionals. We make sure our students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that make them valued in the work place in Australia or internationally.

Dr Diane Velasquez

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Diane Velasquez

Dr Diane Velasquez

Program Director



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Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

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Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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