Distance Learning Programmes in Humanities



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History is the science concerned with finding, gathering, structuring and passing on facts about events in the past. It aims at objectively establishing a cause-effect explanation of events in a chronological, complete and truthful manner. The study of history helps everyone understand why human society is the way it is today, why there are differences between societies and how people have evolved over time. A good understanding of the past leads to better decisions in the present and better planning for the future. Although history is regarded as a descriptive science of the past, it has great impact on the present.

A student with a Master’s degree in history will learn how to assess evidence of various types, how to interpret conflict in an objective, based manner and how to explain past changes. History studies offer flexibility, help students develop good analytical skills, the capacity to identify, analyse and explain trends and behaviours and great research skills.

All the attributes above are vital, especially for students with a Bachelor’s degree in history, who can find employment as historic buildings/conservation officers, museum/gallery curators, archaeologists, broadcast journalists or academic librarians.

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Suggested Online Programmes History

Short Course Options in Museum Studies

Harvard Summer School offers several open-enrollment courses, specialized in Museum Studies, such as ''Introduction to Museum Studies'', ''Historic Preservation Law and Practice'' and ''Social Relevance: Environmental Sustainability in Museums''.

United States
Short Course Options in History

Harvard Summer School offers several open-enrollment courses, specialized in History, such as ''What Is Europe? Politics, Power, and Peace, 1700-2016''; ''The Cold War'' and ''From Cold War to Global Terror: World History from 1945 to the Present''.

United States
Postgrad.Cert. Nuclear Deterrence

Gain understanding of the history and contemporary issues related to nuclear deterrence, security, nonproliferation, and arms control. Through this professional graduate certificate in Nuclear Deterrence from Harvard University - developed in consultation with the US Air Force - you build expertise in deterrence theory and policy to help advance a career in the military, government, an international organization, or journalism.

United States
PhD History of Art PhD/MA By Research (On-Campus or By Distance Learning)

The Department of History was ranked first in the country in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. We offer promising candidates the opportunity to study alongside academic staff working at the forefront of current research. Our academics cover a wide range of British, European and Worldwide history from around 500 to the present day, providing expert supervision in areas including medieval history, cultural and social history, politics, economics, religion, war studies, the history of the West Midlands, the history of sexuality and emotion, and the history of the environment.

United Kingdom