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Course summary

This postgraduate course is for anyone with an existing interest and some experience in genealogy and related subjects. It's been developed by academics and genealogy professionals to provide a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of genealogical research, family history, records, archives and heraldry. You may wish to study the field in more detail or use it in your career. Study online by distance learning.


Course content: Professional Practise and Methodologies, Repositories, Geography and Administration, Civil and Church Records, Family History Studies and Overseas Records, Property, Law and Inheritance, Heraldry and Latin, Heraldry and Social History, Documents, Palaeography and Research Studies, Methods of Professional Enquiry & Project, Professional Enquiry Leading to a Dissertation

Assessment method

There's no formal exam for any of our courses. Individual results are based on continuous assessment with tutor support and feedback.

Entry requirements

PgCert: Normally a degree or similar evidence of study skills is required however non-standard educational or professional qualifications will be considered, particularly the Open Studies Certificate in Genealogical Studies offered by the University. Some experience in genealogical (or other relevant) research is also required. PgDip: Entry is normally by successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate. MSc: Entry to the part-time MSc by dissertation is by successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma and invitation. Entry to the full-time MSc requires an undergraduate degree and some experience in genealogical (or other relevant) research. The course is delivered online, so you will require computer access at home. You should be familiar with the use of computers in genealogy and the course is standardised on Microsoft Windows. You will also need to subscribe to or pay for certain online databases and services.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9750 Year 1
International £9750 Year 1
England £9750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9750 Year 1
Scotland £9750 Year 1
Wales £9750 Year 1

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Sponsorship information

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.

Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at University of Strathclyde - UCAS