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Centre for Lifelong Learning Genealogy

Do you want to research your family tree? Understand more about your ancestors?

Our Genealogical Studies programme offers a range of courses from beginner level up to a Masters degree.

The programme covers sources from across the world with an emphasis on research within the British Isles.

Our courses

Postgraduate courses

If you already have some experience in genealogy, then our postgraduate-level courses will give you a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of genealogical research, family history, records, archives and heraldry:

Get the background on the postgraduate genealogy course. 

Short courses

We can help you learn more about your family history with our short genealogy classes: 

Find out more about genealogical studies

We offer a variety of study paths, ranging from beginner to intermediate 8 week classes, through to postgraduate study options. If you are considering studying with us, you can find out everything you need to know in our Course Overview, presented by Tahitia McCabe, Course Director.

Are you an international student?

Are you considering studying from outside the UK? Our distance learning courses are suitable to study from anywhere in the world. Our tutors are experienced in supporting you no matter where you live and the techniques and knowledge gained from our courses can be applied to any country.

Our previous students have joined us from all over the world, including the USA, Canada, Belgium, France and Bermuda. To find out more about studying from abroad, email us at scosh@strath.ac.uk.

Free online course

We’ve teamed up with our partner Futurelearn, to provide a free genealogy MOOC.  A MOOC is a free online course delivered through storytelling, discussion, visible learning and using online community support to celebrate progress…and you can learn from anywhere in the world! 

The MOOC runs for six weeks and will help you trace and research your family tree. No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required. The course is primarily designed for people at beginner to intermediate level.

No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required.

Our partners

Logos for Scotland's People, Deceased Online, Family Tree DNA, RootsBid and Family Tree Maker.