Bachelor in Records Management and Archival Science

Programme duration : 3 years
Delivery language : English
Degree awarded : Bachelor in Records Management and Archival Science
Accreditation : The curriculum follows the European ECTS system and the degree is awarded by Sorbonne University. This programme is accredited by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation.
Deadline to apply : 11 August 2024

The three-year degree in Records management and archival science at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is designed in collaboration with the National Library and Archives of the United Arab Emirates. The programme is taught in English by doctors, professors and international experts to provide students with the highest levels of scientific and professional skills in a field that has been developing in recent decades.

In order to manage the data and documents produced daily in our current world, all institutions and companies need to hire specialized experts in this strategic area to enable organisations to have full control over all institutional data and information in order to make better decisions, protect their rights and document institutional memory.

Its complete title is Bachelor in the field of Human and Social Sciences; Area: History; Specialty: Records Management and Archival Science. In the French academic system, this specialization is usually related to History due to a long-standing tradition of historical record keeping and archives. However, this degree mainly focuses on the topics of records management and archival science in a professional context.

The programme faculty are all internationally renowned professors whose teaching methodology goes beyond the traditional forms of teaching to ensure a balanced and well-rounded learning experience.

Students enrolled in this degree programme acquire a thorough knowledge in records management and digital archiving. Fundamental archival teachings provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the theories, standards and methods for controlling the creation, capture and classification of documents and records through their lifecycle. Moreover, it provides scientific knowledge and skills for assessing, collecting, classifying, describing, managing and preserving authentic archives in all media formats to serve business, economic, administrative, legal, and the historical needs of public and private organizations and citizens.

Beyond the fundamental archival courses, students will also gain technical, digital and professional skills for administrative, business and management purposes. Students will gain a well-rounded experience due to semestrial – applied works and a long internship in public institutions or private companies in the UAE, with the support of the National Library and Archives.

This bachelor’s degree fulfils job market requirements by offering a highly demanded speciality for all businesses. This bachelor degree allows candidates to pursue a career as:

  • Archivist (digital and physical)
  • Information specialist
  • Digital Asset Manager
  • Electronic Records Manager

General management and administrative opportunities exist in all kinds of government institutions and private companies, such as ministries, government authorities, municipalities and universities/colleges, public libraries, cultural institutions, health sector institutions (hospitals), service industries, international companies and NGOs.

First Year

Fundamental archival courses

  • Introduction to archival science and information science
  • UAE institutions: public and private entities
  • Diplomatics
  • Records management programme
  • Archival legislations: UAE archival laws
  • International cooperation, preservation standards and ethics

Fundamental academic courses

  • Principles of statistics
  • Quantitative methods
  • History of the Arab-Muslim world

Applied Work I

  • Legislative text and standards analysis and comparison


  • Advanced English
  • Languages
  • Sports
  • IT

Second Year

Fundamental archival courses

  • Appraisal and data collection
  • Managing records and archives
  • Data and digital records description
  • Electronic records and archives management
  • Digital preservation
  • Preservation of archival materials
  • Business records
  • Digital tools and environments

Fundamental academic courses

  • History of the Modern Middle East
  • History of the Contemporary Middle East

Applied Works

  • Administration forms and issuing documents
  • Digitizing documents and archives


  • Communication skills in Arabic and English for records management and archiving
  • Languages
  • Sports
  • IT

Third Year

Fundamental archival courses

  • Daily operations of archival departments and buildings
  • Non-textual archives processing
  • Promotion and dissemination of resource documents
  • Information governance
  • Oral archives and collecting memory

Fundamental academic courses

  • Digital law
  • Digital history
  • Cultural heritage management

Applied Work IV & Internship

  • Visits in public and private entities/ technical reports
  • 2 month internship at governmental or private institutions


  • Communication skills in Arabic and English for records management and archiving
  • Languages
  • IT
Admission to the program is very selective ; the following are minimal criteria to apply for admission in to the Foundation Year:

  • High School Diploma with a minimum 80% average (or equivalent)*
  • English Proficiency Exam: EmSAT – English – minimum score of 1350 with a validity of 18 months
    or 71 in iBT TOEFL with a validity of 2 years
    or valid IELTS 5.5 with a validity of 2 years
  • Arabic Proficiency: A minimum average of 75% in the Arabic subject in the high school (or equivalent) is required
  • Passing a SUAD RMAS entry test for all external applicants.
  • Interview for current SUAD students willing to change their major to RMAS

*Only applicants holding a French baccalaureate with minimum average of 12 out of 20 might be eligible for direct admission into the first year of the Bachelor in Records Management and Archival Science subject to have all other entry requirements.

Other Countries Education’s Systems

Conditions apply on other foreign curriculums according to the admission’s policy set by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Please contact the Student Recruitment office by email: for more details.

Programme tuition fees (over 3 years):
AED 215,100 (approximately US$ 58,615)
Payment of fees: click here


HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Scholarship for Emirati students

Admitted Emirati nationals and children of Emirati mothers’ are awarded a full scholarship covering tuition and study related fees for their Bachelor Programmes (and Foundation year, if any)

Current high school students may apply through NAPO, whereas the graduates of previous years can apply on the Apply Now page.

Academic Excellence Scholarships (for the 1st semester of enrolment)

• 15% scholarship on tuition for the 1st semester of joining

New joiners with excellent academic results in high school are eligible following the below criteria. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

  • Government schools: 90% in the advanced stream, or 95% in the general stream.
  • American system: CGPA of 3.6 out of 4.0 or minimum average of 90%.
  • British system: “A” grade or higher in three “AS-Level” subjects or “A” in the equivalent “A-Level” Subjects, plus “B” grade or higher in six O level subjects.
  • SABIS: minimum average of 85%.
  • International Baccalaureate: IB diploma with minimum score of 5 out of 7 in all courses – three of those subjects must be higher-level courses.
  • French Baccalaureate: minimum average of 14 out of 20.

Academic Excellence Scholarship (starting from the 2nd semester of enrolment)

• 25%-75% Academic Excellence Scholarship

Based on the academic results obtained during the previous semester at SUAD, students are eligible to the academic excellence scholarship granted semester by semester. The scholarship scheme is progressive (25% to 75% and the minimum average grade to be eligible is 12/20. A specific scholarship is available for the 2nd semester of the Foundation Year. For more information, please contact

Other Scholarships

10% French Curriculum Schools Scholarship for the 1st semester of enrolment

Students holding a French baccalaureate obtained in one of the GCC countries are eligible for a 10% discount for their first semester. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

Sponsored scholarships

Total, Chalhoub and Ardian Foundation, offer specific scholarships based on academic excellence and/or financial circumstances to selected students.

The deadline for submitting an application is communicated by University email each semester to all enrolled students. Applications are submitted via the online application form. Incomplete and late applications will not be assessed.

Scholarships can’t be combined. For more information, please contact

Preferential rate: 10% Family discount

Students who have a first-degree relative currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a postgraduate programme are eligible for a 10% discount.

*Conditions apply

For more information, please contact:

The Career Centre
Tel: +971 (0) 2 656 9104/9342

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