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     The Postgraduate Degree and Certificate in Family and Local History at the Centre for Archive and Information Studies are fully supported online distance learning programmes.

CAIS offers a full Masters degree or a Postgraduate Certificate in Family and Local History. Taught by expert tutors, these are aimed at people wishing to add context or more detail to their family or local history research and for those interested in a career in genealogy. These courses provide students with:
  • skills in finding and interpreting archive sources for family and local history
  • an understanding of how to read old handwriting and to recognise common forms of documents
  • knowledge of family history and archive websites and published sources that will help you with your research for yourself or for others
  • a thorough understanding of record types, the reasons for their creation, their location and the information they contain
  • an expertise in finding, analysing and interpreting archival records for family and local history research
  • an awareness of the historical context in which the records were created and used
  • a knowledge of archival theory as it applies to research
  • an understanding of the legal and ethical issues relating to research using archival records

These programmes are fully accredited by the University of Dundee and all modules are accredited by the Archive and Records Association UK and Ireland. The programmes aim to:
  • equip students with the core competencies, knowledge and skills required to work with archival records and as successful professional researchers
  • provide students with a range of optional modules allowing them to tailor their studies to their needs and interests
  • provide for flexible study on a part-time, modular and distance learning basis
  • achieve this by producing modules containing course materials to recognised academic and professional standards
  • conform to the guidelines recommended by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

Email:; Tel: +44 (0)1382 385543; Fax: +44 (0)1382 385523
Address: Programme Administrator, Centre for Archive and Information Studies, Tower Building, DD1 4HN, United Kingdom