CAIS offers a number of courses in family and local history ranging from a full postgraduate Masters to short beginners courses. If your aim is to discover more about sources and archives that could assist your research, to find out about the historical context in which your ancestors lived, to put further names on your family tree or to do sustained research into a local area, CAIS’ programmes are suitable for you.

All courses are delivered online in a fully supported learning environment. Students work together in small cohorts, guided by expert tutors and with extensive support from our administrative team. Our aim is to open up the wealth of sources that can be found in the UK for family history and to assist you in locating, analysing and understanding these. You do not have to be in the UK to take one of our courses, many of our students are based overseas.

Available postgraduate programmes

  • MLitt in Family and Local History - offers a range of core modules which provide students with an understanding of key archival sources and the historical developments which led to their creation and use. A wide range of optional modules gives you the opportunity to broaden this knowledge or to focus on specialisms such as Latin and palaeography, ecclesiastical archives, house history and heraldry.
  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate Certificate

Programme structure

The degrees can be completed in 2.5-5 years. The Programme combines four core modules with a choice of over optional modules. These are designed to develop student expertise in areas relating to the historical context such as heraldry, research skills like Latin or House History, or record types including military records and education archives. 

Modules last for 15 weeks (20 credits) or nine weeks (10 credits). There are three entry points a year in January, May and September.

  • MLitt -  students require 180 credits at SHE M or SCQF level 11 from a range of modules and the dissertation
  • Diploma -  students require 120 credits at SHE M or SCQF level 11 from a range of modules
  • Certificate - students require 60 credits at SHE M or SCQF level 11 from a range of modules

Core and optional modules

MLitt  Diploma  Certificate
Skills and Sources for Family and Local History in England
or
Skills and Sources for Family and Local History in Scotland
Skills and Sources for Family and Local History in England
or
Skills and Sources for Family and Local History in Scotland
Skills and Sources for Family and Local History in England
or
Skills and Sources for Family and Local History in Scotland
English Palaeography and Diplomatic
or
Scottish Palaeography and Diplomatic
English Palaeography and Diplomatic
or
Scottish Palaeography and Diplomatic
Plus optional modules (total of 40 credits)
Plus optional module (total of 80 credits) Plus optional modules (total of 80 credits)  
Dissertation    

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