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Diploma of Family History

Develop the skills and knowledge to share family stories with others.

The Diploma of Family History consists of eight units with each unit running for eight weeks. We offer the flexibility to start your family history journey with any upcoming unit.

Specialisations include how to research, write, and creatively collate family history. You will develop skills to identify, analyse and interpret information from a range of family history sources.

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You will share your research and learning journey with a supportive online community of family history enthusiasts and our expert staff.

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Join our passionate and supportive community

Share your research and learning journey with a supportive online community of family history experts.

Study anywhere, anytime online

As a fully online course, you can study at your own pace. All you need is regular access to a desktop computer and the internet.

Free access to Ancestry.com Library Edition

Access historical documents, photos, local narratives, oral histories and other resources from the 1500s to 2000s.

Meet the team

Dr Kate Bagnall, course coordinator of the Diploma of Family History, is a historian and writer who loves archives. She has a PhD in Australian history and her research explores the lives of women, children and families of Australia’s early Chinese communities.

“I look forward to helping you on your family history journey through the Diploma of Family History,” says Kate.

Entry requirements

The Diploma of Family History units are available to Australian citizens; and to New Zealand citizens, Permanent Residents and Humanitarian Visa Holders provided all studies are on-shore in Australia. You will need to have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection.

Tuition fees

For 100-level units, the student contribution is $835.00 per unit for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs). These costs can be deferred under the HECS-HELP loan scheme for eligible students.

For more information, refer to Domestic Student Fees.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is exempt to Foundation-level units studied under the Diploma of Family History in 2020.

All Commonwealth Supported Students studying 100-level units in the Diploma of Family History must pay the SSAF. In 2020, this fee is $46.20 per unit. These costs can be deferred under the SA-HELP loan scheme for eligible students.

Career outlook

Students who complete a Diploma of Family History could lead to work in the following fields:

  • family history and genealogical research
  • creative writing
  • non-fiction writing
  • cultural and/or heritage tourism
  • local and regional museums
  • history and heritage consultancies
  • local and community history organisations
  • adult education
  • archives and library information systems

Enquire now

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