History, Genealogy & Archaeology


The Lifelong Learning Department at Aberystwyth University offers a wide range of courses in the subject areas of history, genealogy, and archaeology. From our three-part beginner genealogy series From Acorn to Oak to modules on Researching the History of Your House, we are sure you will find an interesting topic to study.

You can study individual modules, or you can work towards a Certificate in Higher Education in Genealogical Studies.

Browse our history, genealogy and archaeology courses by clicking here. You can also view Video Tasters, and read our Course Start Letters for more information.

If you have any questions about the programme please email Elin Mabbutt emm32@aber.ac.uk  For administrative queries please email the Lifelong Learning Office learning@aber.ac.uk.

Certificate in Higher Education: Genealogical Studies

The Certificate in Genealogical Studies is a part time, flexible scheme, which allows learners to complete at their own pace.

A certificate in higher education is made up of 120 credits and the majority of our modules are worth 10 credits. The certificate is the same number of credits as the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree scheme and equivalent to the same level of study (Level 4 in the National Qualifications Framework).

Designed to provide a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of historical research, family history, records and archives, students will attain the skills needed to carry out independent genealogical research.

You have five years to complete your studies and within that time you can take the courses at your own pace.  Not all courses are on offer each year, but we will ensure that all the courses are made available over a period of time.


Student Testimonials

"The content, presentation and pace of delivery were excellent."

"The tutor's personal enthusiasm and passion for the subject infused the course."

"Good set of exercises to learn how to use online resources."

"[The final project] definitely reinforced learning."

"Fantastic if you want to research family history!"