Start date

2 year(s) full-time


Program Code

AUD$ 36,100 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024
AUD$ 38,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2025

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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This program is not available to students wishing to study in Australia on a student visa

Degree overview

  • Develop the unique and advanced skills required for archiving and information preservation.
  • Benefit from experiential learning through a practical fieldwork project and a two-week placement within a library.
  • Professionally accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association, Australian Society of Archivists and Records and Information Management Professionals Alliance.
  • 100 per cent of our assessed research rated at or above world class1.
  • The only degree of its kind in South Australia.
  • Online only program including part and full-time study options.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research. 

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 metadata, marketing and social media, digital literacy, reading and readers' advisory, and scholarly communications.

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

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Semester 1
Information Management Professional Practice INFS 5087 4.5
Technological Foundations INFS 5107 4.5
Information Management Foundations INFS 5104 4.5
Information and Records Management INFS 5063 4.5
Semester 2
Information Management Experience Reports INFS 5086 0 Rule(s): 1
Information Management Project INFS 5067 4.5 Note(s): 2
Archival Professional Practice INFS 5137 4.5
Metadata INFS 5126 4.5
Information Management Course 1 4.5 Note(s): 3
Semester 1
Elective 1 4.5
Elective 2 4.5
Information Management Course 2 4.5 Note(s): 3
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5
Semester 2
Elective 3 4.5
Elective 4 4.5
IM Masters Research Project INFS 5124 9 Note(s): 1

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, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). 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
  • assignments
  • group projects and presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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, institutes and concentrations provide a dynamic teaching and research base for students. All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations.

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 Alliance.

You will learn the most contemporary practical applications of information theory and have the opportunity to do a practical field work project and a two-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 metadata, marketing and social media, digital literacy, reading and readers' advisory, and scholarly communications.

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

Real-world connections

The University of South Australia 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 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 records management, archives and librarianship.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

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

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program has been granted Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Gold reaccreditation. Students must complete a work placement for a minimum ten day duration.

This program is professionally accredited by Records and Information Management Professional Alliance.

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

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

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 Jo Kaeding

Program Director

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Dr Jo Kaeding

Program Director


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