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Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies

University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education

Part time October PgCert Part-time: 1 year

About the course


The Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies offers an exciting new opening for graduates of all disciplines to pursue a taught postgraduate qualification in historical studies. This one-year part-time course offers a unique opportunity for students to combine focused study of key historical themes and concepts in British and Western European history with either a broad-based approach to history or with the opportunity to specialise by period or in a branch of the discipline (political, social, economic, art, architectural and local). The course culminates in the research and preparation of a substantial dissertation.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies forms part of a two-year Master's programme. Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate

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Entry Requirements

The course team welcomes applications from candidates with an undergraduate degree in any subject discipline. This might include candidates who have studied history in the past and wish either to update and hone their historical skills and knowledge or to broaden their approach to the discipline. For further details please see our website: View Website

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Student Profile(s)

Christine James

"I thoroughly enjoyed both the depth and breadth of the range of the course"

"The lectures are stimulating and thought-provoking"

‘For anyone who is looking for a flexible way to study without having to give up work or who has family commitments, this course is a fantastic way to have your cake and eat it! The tutors are both incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic and very supportive of part-time students and you soon find that you are diving into class discussions and assessments without hesitation. The lectures are stimulating and thought-provoking and, although most of the research and writing is done at a distance, I have never felt isolated. Oxford itself is a beautiful and welcoming place, whose only drawback is that studying does not leave enough time to explore it fully. My advice to anyone contemplating this course is to book a few extra days if you can spare the time!’


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