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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    9 months

Course summary

About the course

This one year part-time course offers an exciting opportunity for graduates of any discipline to pursue a taught graduate qualification in historical studies and to research and write a substantial dissertation. The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Historical Studies can be studied as a stand-alone course or form the first year of the MSt in Historical Studies.


A variety of teaching methods will be used in both the face-to-face and online elements of the course. In addition to lectures, PowerPoint slide presentations and tutor-led discussion, there will be opportunities for you to undertake course exercises in small groups and to give short presentations on prepared topics.

At no extra cost, the wide range of lectures and research seminars organised by the University of Oxford’s History Faculty are also available to you. You will be able to borrow books from both the Department for Continuing Education’s library and the History Faculty Library, and are also eligible for membership of the Bodleian Library.


The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Historical Studies is assessed through coursework comprising.

four essays of 2,500 words each
two source-based exercises of 1,500 words each
a dissertation of 8,000 words.

You will write one essay following each of the first four units and the dissertation following the fifth and final unit. There will be a wide choice of assignment subjects for each unit and you will select a dissertation topic relating to your special subject with the advice of the course team. You will be asked to write a non-assessed book review following the first pre-course online module and the source-based exercises will follow the second and third online modules. Assignment titles, submission deadlines and reading lists will be supplied at the start of the course.

Graduate destinations

Students who complete the course successfully will be able to apply for masters' courses in the Department for Continuing Education in the University of Oxford or other institutions. However, it is important to note that successful completion of the course does not confer an automatic right of entry to any institution.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 9,129overall cost

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

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    2nd out of 90

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    189 97%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84.0 84%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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