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Family and Local History, M.Litt.

  • Application Deadline
  • 30 months
University rank #302 (QS) Online
If your aim is to discover more about sources and archives that could assist your research, to find out about the historical context in which your ancestors lived, to put further names on your family tree or to do sustained research into a local area, the Family and Local History programme from University of Dundee is suitable for you.


The Family and Local History programme from from University of Dundee is delivered online in a fully supported learning environment. 

Students work together in small cohorts, guided by expert tutors and with extensive support from our administrative team. 

The aim of the course is to open up the wealth of sources that can be found in the UK for family history and to assist you in locating, analysing and understanding these. You do not have to be in the UK to take one of our courses, many of our students are based overseas.


This programme and the modules studied will give you a comprehensive overview of the sources available to do effective genealogical or local history research. With this, and by acquiring the skills needed to locate, use and interrogate the sources, you will be able to further your own research and will also be in a position to do research for others and to work professionally.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scots Palaeography & Diplomatic
  • Skills & Sources for Family & Local History in Scotland
  • Skills & Sources for Family & Local History in England
  • English Palaeography & Diplomatic

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 30 months
    • Duration description
      Duration: 30-60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

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Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7620 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7620 GBP per year and a duration of 30 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7620 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7620 GBP per year and a duration of 30 months.
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