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Local History (Online)

University of Oxford

Advanced Diploma Online
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The Advanced Diploma in Local History is a one-year part-time course providing training in key concepts and methods of historical studies. It is delivered entirely online, so you can work at home with access to the course material, your tutor and fellow students.

Overview

This course is particularly relevant:

  • if you want to learn how to use original sources and databases for your own research into local and family history (although please note it is not designed as a family history course)
  • if you are pursuing a career in the historical and archives sector
  • for history teachers and local studies librarians, who are likely to find the course professionally useful.

Past students have gone on to work in a number of related fields, including as historians and in the heritage industry. The transferable nature of the skills you acquire will be valuable in a wide range of jobs, and equally if you are retired or not currently working.

You should be familiar with the use of computers for word-processing, using email and searching the Internet. You must also have some experience of Access, Excel, or other database or spreadsheet programs before starting the Advanced Diploma. Short introductory courses are often available locally and online.

The content of the course is entirely devoted to English local history, although the skills learned may be applied more widely and the final project may concern the local history of an area of your own choice. Students outside Britain are welcome to apply but you should understand that some knowledge of British history, society and institutions will be assumed.

You will be invited to receive your Advanced Diploma at the annual awards ceremony of the Department for Continuing Education, held at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre. 

Course content

The course begins with a short preparatory unit to familiarise you with study and discussion online. Module 1 usually begins in late September and Module 2 in March.

Module 1: Concepts and methods of local history

This module consists of eight units, making extensive use of original sources and case studies. There will be four written assignments, allowing you to practise historical skills and to write some local history. The units cover approaches to local history, finding primary and secondary sources, the critical use of evidence, personal testimony as a source, a practical guide to the use of statistics for history and the use of Excel, record linkage, and effective writing and publication.

Module 2: Databases for historians

The second module consists of six units and uses data sets for two contrasting communities, the Lancashire port of Liverpool 1650-1750 and the Oxfordshire market town of Woodstock in the 17th century, as well as criminal records for London from the Old Bailey online database.  Students will practise methods for querying existing databases, then move on to learn how to design, create and use their own database for the analysis of historical data. Two further units introduce some of the exciting ways in which historians are now using databases, with up-to-date examples. There will be two assignments, the first to design a database to answer an historical question, based on data supplied. The final project is a longer piece of historical writing using data analysis.

Accreditation

Successful students will be awarded an Oxford University Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Local History. 

The Advanced Diploma carries a Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) rating of 60 points at FHEQ Level 6. You may be able to transfer these credit points to other HE institutions.

Programme Structure

All the course material will be provided on our website. In addition to the course units the material will include readings, documents, spreadsheets and database files. You will also have access to a wide range of online resources. A reading list of recommended books will be sent to you well in advance.

The units will be published on the course website and you will study them in sequence. There will be online material to guide your work on each unit, which will involve a mixture of downloading and studying selected passages from historical sources, exploring wider reading online or in a library, doing self-study exercises with spreadsheets and databases, and participating in online discussion with your tutor and fellow students. You must also complete your assignments and submit them via the course website by the deadlines given.

Audience

There are no formal entry qualifications, but you should have a lively interest in the localities and communities of the past, and some experience of local history at undergraduate level or equivalent. This might have been gained through a course, or through research into family or local history using sources in libraries and record offices.

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications, but you should have a lively interest in the localities and communities of the past, and some experience of local history at undergraduate level or equivalent. This might have been gained through a course, or through research into family or local history using sources in libraries and record offices.

You should be familiar with the use of computers for word-processing, using email and searching the Internet. You must also have some experience of Access, Excel, or other database or spreadsheet programs before starting.

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Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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