Online history courses

Study from anywhere in the world

Our part-time courses in history encompass British and European history from the decline of the Roman era to the present day, the ancient world, Asia and the far east, and the Americas.

Local and social history courses concentrate on cultural and social aspects of history, on different strata of society, and on teaching you how to do research using local and national archives. 

Online short courses

Our short online courses in history, including local and social include live-time weekly classes, day schools, lecture series and flexible online courses.

Credit earned from some of these courses is transferable towards our Certificate of Higher Education - a part-time undergraduate course in which you study a main subject discipline, but also undertake study in other academic subjects.

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Online Advanced Diploma in Local History

The Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Local History is a one-year part-time course providing training in key concepts and methods of historical studies. It is delivered entirely online, so you can work at home with access to the course material, your tutor and fellow students.

The course will help you improve the key skills you need for historical research, especially the manipulation of information using databases. With the help of your tutor, you will produce your own piece of local historical research.  Formal qualifications are not essential - just enthusiasm for the subject and a high level of commitment and motivation.

Find out more about the Advanced Diploma

Student spotlights

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis

Oxford’s Continuing Education Department has been Rebecca's first experience of Higher Education.

João Gomes Ramos

João Gomes Ramos

To help fill the gaps in his historical training for his future PhD, Portuguese lawyer João enrolled on our online Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Local History.

Garyfallia Katsiara

Garyfallia Katsiara

Garyfallia enrolled on our Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Local History which she completed entirely online from her home in Athens.


Upcoming courses

Online - live • Short courses
  • Sat 30 Oct 2021 – 31 Oct 2021
  • 9.45am Sat - 3.30pm Sun
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 12 Jan 2022 – 25 Mar 2022
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 12 Jan 2022 – 25 Mar 2022
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 12 Jan 2022 – 25 Mar 2022
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Mon 17 Jan 2022 – 01 Apr 2022