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Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies PGDip

Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Paleography Heraldry Genealogy

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

This postgraduate course is for anyone with an interest and some experience in genealogy and related subjects. You may wish to study the field in more detail or use it in your career. It’s of particular interest for:

lawyers & paralegals
land agents
heritage sector staff
museum staff
records agents

It's also suitable for those who are interested in:

developing, evaluating or refreshing their expertise in genealogy, records, archives, documents, palaeography and heraldry
advancing their academic and professional achievement in these subjects
gaining a deeper, more critical understanding of the field, its literature and professional practice
providing more expert knowledge and advisory capacity to employers and members of the public, such as in Family History Centres.

What you'll study

You’ll focus on the sources available to genealogists and family historians. You’ll also gain the knowledge, skills and techniques to operate as a professional genealogist in a variety of settings.

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)/Part-time MSc Year 1 course deals mainly with Scottish, English/Welsh and Irish records. The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)/Part-time MSc Year 2 adds American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, British Empire, Jewish, European and other sources. The MSc dissertation provides the opportunity to choose an individual topic of interest.

Most of our students begin with the Postgraduate Certificate/Part-time MSc Year 1 before moving to the Postgraduate Diploma/Part-time MSc Year 2 and then onto the MSc by Dissertation year.

Postgraduate Diploma

The PgDip allows you to develop a greater understanding of social and historical contexts and provides an in depth study of the professional and academic aspects of genealogical work.

To gain the Postgraduate Diploma/Part time MSc Year 2 you are required to complete 60 credits worth of classes in addition to the 60 credits gained through the Postgraduate Certificate/Part time MSc Year 1.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date



This session provides a context for genealogical practice in a wide variety of environments. You'll progress with a common level of knowledge and understanding of key concepts and practice, including: ethics & standards in genealogy analysis of evidence problems business practice an introduction to palaeography the recording & presentation of data.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Entry will normally follow successful completion of the PgCert/Part-time MSc Year 1. Students who've gained equivalent academic qualifications at PgCert level may be accepted directly onto the PgDip/Part-time MSc Year 2. Those seeking admission with advanced standing may include prior learning in recognised courses and/or genealogical-based experience as entry criteria