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Centre for Lifelong Learning Genealogy

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

We offer a variety of study paths, ranging from beginner to intermediate 8 week classes, through to a Masters degree. The programme covers sources from across the world with an emphasis on research within the British Isles. If you are considering studying with us, find out more in our Course Overview, presented by Tahitia McCabe, Course Director.

Our courses

Postgraduate courses

The Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Genealogical Studies is for anyone with an existing interest and some experience in genealogy and related subjects. It has been developed by academics and genealogy professionals to provide a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of genealogical research, family history, records, archives and heraldry. You may wish to study the field in more detail or use it in your career.

If you already have some experience in genealogy, and are interested in finding out more about the course, please download the FAQ’s in the ‘Related Content’ box on the right hand side of this page.

For further information on course content, entry requirements, fees and funding or on how to apply, please visit the postgraduate application page


PhD in History with Genealogical Studies

The University of Strathclyde’s History department is happy to consider PhD candidates who have research topics with a genealogical focus. Second supervisors will come from the Genealogical Studies Programme tutor team with History colleagues taking the first supervisor role. Further information can be found on the PhD in History with Genealogical Studies page.


Short courses

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

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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