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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:

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.

Genetic genealogy

The use of DNA testing is becoming an increasingly important tool within genealogical research. Members of our staff have particular expertise in this field, demonstrated through their work on the Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project. Find out more about our course and reseach in this field by visiting our genetic genealogy page.

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! 

No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required. The course is primarily designed for people at beginner to intermediate level.

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