Local History courses at Cambridge

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) is inviting applications for the 2015/16 programme of part-time Local History courses. There are three courses in particular that may be of especial interest to people connected to Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society.

The courses are designed for professionals, researchers, volunteers, those working with their communities, and anyone with an interest in the field. All are taught part-time and lead to full University of Cambridge qualifications. Teaching takes place at Madingley Hall, a 16th-century country house near Cambridge set in 8 acres of landscaped grounds.

Undergraduate Certificate in Local History
Oct 2015 – Jun 2016, 12 Sunday day schools. Course fee: £1,800.
This course introduces students to the approaches historians take to local history, including landscape and architectural history, oral history, church history, and qualitative history (such as diaries), plus transcribing original documents. These approaches are further explored through the themes of the history of material goods and consumer culture and the history of crime and the social order. Students will be introduced to a wide range of primary and secondary evidence and will be given instruction in document evaluation and essay writing skills.

Undergraduate Diploma in Local History
Oct 2015 – Jun 2016, 12 Saturday day schools. Course fee: £1,800.
This course is designed for students who have some experience of studying history or a related discipline, or who have appropriate knowledge and enthusiasm in this field. It offers a combination of theoretical and practical approaches to local and regional history, covering the topics such as parish life in the 16th and 17th centuries and religious change from 1700 to 1900.

Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Local History
Nov 2015 – May 2017, 8 supervisions + 1 induction day. Course fee: £3,600.
This two-year course gives you the opportunity to pursue your own research project under the guidance of a Cambridge supervisor. It provides an excellent foundation in research methods for anyone wishing to pursue further study.

How to apply
You can find out more about the above courses and apply online here
The deadline for applications is 7 Sep 2015.

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