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Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies PGCert

University of Strathclyde

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    University of Strathclyde

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    OCT-20

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Why this course?

This postgraduate course is for anyone with an interest and some experience in genealogy and related subjects. You may wish to study the field in more detail or use it in your career. It’s of particular interest for:

  • archivists
  • lawyers & paralegals
  • geographers
  • land agents
  • heritage sector staff
  • historians
  • librarians
  • museum staff
  • records agents

It's also suitable for those who are interested in:

  • developing, evaluating or refreshing their expertise in genealogy, records, archives, documents, palaeography and heraldry
  • advancing their academic and professional achievement in these subjects
  • gaining a deeper, more critical understanding of the field, its literature and professional practice
  • providing more expert knowledge and advisory capacity to employers and members of the public, such as in Family History Centres.

What you'll study

You’ll focus on the sources available to genealogists and family historians. You’ll also gain the knowledge, skills and techniques to operate as a professional genealogist in a variety of settings.

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)/Part-time MSc Year 1 course deals mainly with Scottish, English/Welsh and Irish records. The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)/Part-time MSc Year 2 adds American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, British Empire, Jewish, European and other sources. The MSc dissertation provides the opportunity to choose an individual topic of interest.

Most of our students begin with the Postgraduate Certificate/Part-time MSc Year 1 before moving to the Postgraduate Diploma/Part-time MSc Year 2 and then onto the MSc by Dissertation year.

Postgraduate Certificate

You'll study topics including:

  • genealogical professional practice
  • search strategies & using repositories
  • social history, demography & geographic sources
  • church & civil records (England/Wales & Scotland)
  • census records & their substitutes (England/Wales & Scotland)
  • genetic genealogy
  • migration & records
  • Irish records
  • military & occupational records (England/Wales & Scotland)
  • land & inheritance records (England/Wales & Scotland)
  • palaeography
  • Latin for genealogists
  • heraldry

Once you successfully complete the PgCert/Part-time MSc Year 1, you can progress to the PgDiploma/Part-time MSc Year 2.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 3,400per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Strathclyde

  • University League Table

    35th

  • Campus address

    University of Strathclyde, McCance Building, 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G1 1XQ, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    4th out of 81 2

    18th out of 93 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    199 100%

    1st

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    89 89%

    10th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%

    40th

    17
  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    197 95%

    4th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    57 57%

    64th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%

    63rd

    9

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