Digitalt bevarande
Master Programme in Digital Curation, 120.0 Credits

Facts 2011/12

Entry requirements

General entry requirements, second cycle

Specific entry

Bachelor´s degree of at least 180 ECTS or equivalent academic qualifications with at least 60 ECTS in Systems Science, Computer Science, Media Technology, Informatics, Archival Science or Library and Information Science or a closely related area and a final thesis of 15 ECTS. Students with a background in Archival Science or Library and Information Science are required to have 30 ECTS in Systems Science, Computer Science, Informatics, Media Technology or similar discipline.

Applicants must have documented skills in English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English B). Proven language proficiency in English, can for example be shown by an international English test as TOEFL or IELTS. Some specified university studies can also be equivalent. You can find the details at the attached link.

Documented skills in English language

Education level

Second cycle


Degree of Master (Two Years)


The selection procedure is based on academic qualifications, quality and quantity aspects

The field of digital curation is growing at an exponential rate, due to the rapid growth of digital information and the constant development of software and hardware. This is causing a growing need for IT- and curation oriented experts. The program aims to meet this demand and focuses development and management of digital curation/ preservation systems as well as of curational organisations.

The programme is designed for students who wish to advance their competence in the field of digital curation: management and preservation of different kinds of digital information in a long-term perspective. A central idea is that the students are to develop skills to identify and define problems, propose solutions to the defined problems and implement and validate chosen solutions. The courses primarily consist of advanced courses related to R&D conducted in the National Competence Centre for Long-term Digital Preservation. Contents of the courses include: preservation concepts and models, preservation characteristics and activities, interoperability and sustainability, access and availability, standards, metadata, design, development and maintenance of curation systems, development of curational organisations. The third semester consits of electable courses, while the fourth semester is entirely dedicated to a thesis course. The thesis, and to some extent moments in other courses, may be conducted in cooperation with R&D activities at the Long-term Digital Preservation Centre. Students with employment can often carry out their practical moments and thesis work in their organisation. The report from the thesis work might take the form of a published article. Thesis work is supervised by internationally recognized researchers and experts in the field. The language of instruction is English. The programme can be studied on campus or by distance.

Distance learning
Your distance studies will entail communication with teachers and other students via e-mail, a free videoconferencing program, telephone, chatting and other appropriate means. An important medium for distance studies will be the course room provided by Fronter, the joint web-based teaching platform at Luleå University of Technology. Here, information including course information, study guides, links, class lists and recorded lectures will be provided. The requirement for distance studies is access to a computer with a headset (camera is optional), permission to install software and an internet connection of at least 0,5 Mb/s.

MSc in Digital Curation

Labour market
By completion of this programme, you will be prepared for a career as e.g. digital curator, preservation officer/manager, web archivist, digital collections manager, digital reformatting specialist, and digital preservation project manager. Career paths include both specialist and managerial assignments. You may work in a digital preservation organisation e.g. archive or library, or in a company or public administration that manages and/or preserves digital information.

More information
Ass. Professor Jörgen Nilsson Phone: +46 (0)920 49 24 42 e-mail:
Professor Ann Hägerfors Phone: +46 (0)920 49 10 24 e-mail: Ass. Professor Hugo Quisbert Phone: +46 (0)920 49 18 10 e-mail:

Jörgen Nilsson,, 0920-49 24 42
Ann Hägerfors,, 0920-49 10 24


Master Programme in Digital Curation )Campus, Luleå)
Application code: Occasion cancelled.
Starting semester: Autumn 2011
Course pace: 100%
Teaching hours: Daytime
Form of study: Normal
Language: English
Place: Luleå
Master Programme in Digital Curation (Internet-based distance education)
Application code: Occasion cancelled.
Starting semester: Autumn 2011
Course pace: 100%
Teaching hours: Daytime
Form of study: Web-based Distance education
Language: English
Place: Luleå


Published: 18 March 2011

Luleå University of Technology