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  MSc in English Local History


University of Oxford    Department for Continuing Education

Part time October MSc 2 years Award winner
History & Archaeology (19)

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Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of English Local History with the MSc in English Local History at Oxford University. This two-year part-time programme offers a unique blend of historical research techniques and exploration of major local historical themes. Delve into the development of local history as a subject, theoretical issues, and the interpretation of historical evidence. Choose from a variety of advanced topics such as Power and patronage in the later medieval localities or Religion and community in England, 1830-1914. The programme culminates in a dissertation where you showcase your research skills and historical insights. Designed for working professionals, classes are held in the historic Rewley House in Oxford, with occasional sessions at other venues. Whether you are an educator, archaeologist, or museum professional, this programme caters to your passion for local history. Join us to unravel the fascinating narratives of England's past.

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This two-year part-time master's degree is designed to combine a systematic training in historical research techniques with the study of a range of major local historical themes and the chance to undertake an individually-researched dissertation.

The programme draws on knowledge and skills acquired in many years of providing specialist classes in local history, and profits from close links with local, social and economic historians elsewhere in the University.

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