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This History Part 1 module from The Open University UK aims to provide a foundation for studying local and regional history at an advanced level. You'll cover the key issues in the practice of local history within each of the four distinct ‘nations’ of the United Kingdom: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.


The module then explores six key local history themes - poverty, crime and policing, the family, urban history, religion and industrialisation. Underpinning all of this is the development of your research skills. You will be shown how to begin a research project and how to find relevant sources using the growing number of online historical databases.

Vocational relevance

The History Part 1 module from The Open University UK will contribute to enhancing your prospects in careers such as: teaching, libraries, archives, museums, heritage and tourism industries, as well as providing content relevant to the continuing professional development of employees in public-facing roles (e.g. police, education, social and health services etc.).

Programme Structure

What you will study

The purpose of this masters-level module is to equip you to undertake higher-level study in British and Irish local and regional history. Part 1 covers key theoretical and methodological issues and develops analytical skills through the close study of influential books, followed by three thematic studies (from a choice of six themed units, outlined below), using set books and associated materials.

You will also study a choice of three out of the following six units:

  • Crime and policing
  • Urban history
  • Industrialisation
  • Poverty and welfare
  • Families
  • Religion

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 16 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent), preferably with at least a 2:1 classification. Although your degree does not need to be in History, you will need some knowledge of the subject as this module assumes all candidates have the knowledge and skills usually acquired by pursuing the subject at undergraduate level.

  • If your degree or background is not in history or a closely related subject, you are strongly recommended to undertake the preparatory work indicated below prior to studying this module.
Outside the UK
  • Although this module is available to students’ resident outside the UK and Ireland, you will need physical access to historical records (such as those held in libraries, archives or record offices) within Britain or Ireland to successfully complete this module. If you are resident outside these areas, please ensure you can meet this requirement before enrolling on this module.

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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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