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About our courses

Studying local and regional history at ICE involves detailed study of communities and the close reading of original primary documents. Courses tackle particular themes, such as the family or religion, and different time periods.

All good local and regional history relates its findings to the national picture and to the wider findings of other historians.

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Part-time University qualifications in Local and Regional History

Undergraduate Certificates

We offer two Certificate in Local History courses at ICE. These normally run in alternate years, and can be studied independently of each other, and in any order. Certificate courses are taught at FHEQ Level 4, equivalent to first-year undergraduate level. The courses are open to all, and no prior knowledge or qualifications are required.

Undergraduate Certificate in Local History: Evaluating the Past through British Local History * (2018/19) offers an introduction to local history, followed by units on the impact of the First World War on English churches and churchgoing, and communities and culture in early modern England.

Undergraduate Certificate in Local History: Approaches to British Local History * (2017/18) offers units on approaches to local history; poverty, disease and medicine in the local community, 1601–1914; and religious identities and social change 1700–1900.

* These courses were previously called Certificate I and II, respectively.

Undergraduate Diplomas

We offer two Diploma in Local History courses at ICE. Like the Certificate courses, these normally run in alternate years.

These two courses are complementary and can be taken in any order. Both are taught at FHEQ Level 5, equivalent to second-year undergraduate level. The courses are open to all, although some background knowledge in the subject is recommended.

Undergraduate Diploma in Local History I (2013/14) offers a combination of theoretical and practical approaches to local and regional history, with units on riot and rebellion c.1380-1650, the medieval town, and researching your local community.

Undergraduate Diploma in Local History II (2015/16), meanwhile, covers the topics of parish life in the 16th and 17th centuries; religious identities and social change 1700-1900; and a themed unit from the Early Modern period.

Part-time Master's degrees

MSt in History (2018/20) is designed for those who wish to study at postgraduate level and are keen to develop high-level skills in historical research. Two thematic strands are available: British local and regional history and (for 2018–20) Global history. You will specialise in one of these two themes, studying taught modules and undertaking original research, culminating in a dissertation of 16,000–20,000 words.

Bursaries and student loans available

If you are new to higher education, you could be eligible for a bursary award. You will also be able to pay your fees in instalments, and you may also have access to part-time student loans.

How to apply for bursaries and loans

Local and Regional History Tutors

Dr Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams is ICE's Academic Director and University Senior Lecturer in Local and Regional History. She teaches a range of local, social and economic history from the Middle Ages to the present day. Her research interests are in the history of English poverty in the 18th and 19th centuries.

About our tutors

Local history courses at ICE are taught by tutors with specialisms in a wide variety of topics and periods, including medieval towns; the history of Cambridge and Godmanchester; popular religion in the 18th and 19th centuries; consumerism and material culture; poverty and welfare; the family; the history of medicine; industrialisation; the history of crime; early modern popular protest and riots; and will-making and palaeography.

What our students say

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Find out more

For more information about any of these courses, please contact ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk.