Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies

Differences from 2019/20 to 2021/22

  • 1.  Each candidate shall follow a course of instruction in historical studies. The course is available on a part-time basis over three terms.

  • 2. The course will consist of seminars, classes, tutorials, and on-line distance learning.

  • 3. The course will consist of five units listed in the schedule below.

  • 4. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (a) four assignments that shall not exceed 2,500 words based on units one to four in the schedule below;

    • (b) two primary source evaluations of not more than 1,500 words each, based on the online modules below; and

    • (c) a dissertation of not more than 8,000 words on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor and approved by any two of the examiners.

  • The assignments under 4(a)(b) shall be submitted via the University approved online submissionassessment system platform and the dissertation under 4(c) shall be submitted in hard copy and in digital copy,a format to be prescribed in the course handbook, to the examinersUniversity c/oapproved Registry,online Departmentassessment for Continuing Education, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JAplatform for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates.

  • 5. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of studies at the discretion of the examiners.

  • 6. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Certificate.

  • 7. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the assignments under 4(a)(b) or in the dissertation under 4(c) above may normally be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the original failure.


Online modules

  • Using Visual Sources

  • Using Documentary Sources

  • Unit One: Princes, States and Revolutions

  • Unit Two: European Court Patronage

  • Unit Three: Religious Reformations and Movements

  • Unit Four: Memory and Conflict

  • Unit Five: Special Subjects