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History of Family and Genealogical Methods - Certificate

Course Details

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Award: Certificate

Qualification: NFQ Level 6 Minor Award

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


David Butler
Irish Ancestry Research Centre

Brief Description

The Certificate in History of Family & Genealogical Methods, offered on campus at the University of Limerick (in Ireland) is now open for 2021/2 enrollment. This course offers options of progression to MA History of Family and to the Diploma in UCC. The on-campus Certificate course runs fortnightly on Thursday evenings from 6.30 – 9 pm, throughout the UL Autumn and Spring semesters. It is online only every other Thursday of the semester, as well as approximately a monthly double class or seminar, on weekdays or Saturdays, in Dublin, Cork or Limerick. For more details about the certificate course please follow the links below.

This certificate programme is designed to provide a supportive and stimulating context for history of family research. It is a one-year, part-time course, which caters for the continuing education needs of those who wish to undertake study in the theory, methodology and practice of history of family and genealogical methods and who require supervision in carrying out research particularly as it might be applied to an understanding of familial heritage in the context of local, regional and national identity.


The course consists of four modules, worth a combined 30 credits, which will be delivered one evening every second week, 6.30pm to 9.00pm during the UL Autumn and Spring semesters. A sympathetic academic environment will be provided by the course lecturers, who will offer guidance in appropriate research skills. Also Available ONLINE.

Autumn Semester
  • HI2101 History of Family I: Theory and Practice
  • HI2131 Sources and methods for the History of Family
Spring Semester
  • HI2102 History of Family II: Migration and Communities
  • HI2132 Research Methods

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Applications are invited from mature students (in general 23 years of age on 1 January of the year of registration). Each mature student is considered on an individual basis, whose academic qualifications, work experience, motivation and overall potential for the programme are evaluated.

What to Include with your Application
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.

  • Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
  • Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
  • A copy of your most recent CV.
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

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For fees please click here.

For information on funding and scholarships please click here.