Category: Strathclyde

City of Discovery

Jute, Jam, Journalism and, er, Genealogy!

Upon returning from holiday in Spain, I got some good news in the post: I’ve been offered a place on the Postgraduate Certificate course in Family and Local History run by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS) at the University of Dundee. Yipee!

Having previously attended 3 sets of evening classes in Genealogy at the University of Strathclyde (which I highly recommend for dipping your toe into family history), I had initially been tempted to continue onto their own Postgraduate course. However, having had a class visit from the course administrator and having read Kirsty Wilkinson’s experiences, I decided I couldn’t commit to the required 20 hours a week study time.

The Dundee course is much more flexible, allowing the study of individual modules one at a time and building slowly to the Certificate/Diploma/Masters accreditation over a longer period of time. This fits much better when having to study as well as being in full-time employment. This was also the schedule I followed when studying for my BSc in Information Technology at University of the West of Scotland a few years ago: one 3 hour session per week in Paisley after work was about all I could handle! And with the Dundee course being distance-learning, there will be no need for such long, long days this time.

Another minor selling point was that if I pursue the course until Masters level, the award is an MLitt rather than MSc. Being a Master of Letters in addition to a Bachelor of Science just sounds so much better and I get to have two sets of letters after my name LOL!

The two modules I’m planning to study this year are the compulsory Skills and Sources for Family and Local History in Scotland and the optional Ecclesiastical Archives. I can’t wait to get started…