Architectural history award programmes

Gain a qualification with Oxford University

Part-time courses for adult learners

Architectural history has been taught within the Department for Continuing Education for many years. Our courses are specifically designed for adult students with busy lives and we teach in smaller groups than many full-time courses. Tutors and students meet in an informal, supportive and friendly environment. We get to know each student’s aspirations and needs.

Undergraduate study and short courses

Certificate of Higher Education

Credit earned from our short online courses, weekly classes and the Oxford University Summer School of Adults is transferable towards our Certificate of Higher Education - a part-time undergraduate course in which you study a main subject discipline but also undertake study in other academic subjects.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural History

This part-time course, studied over 11 months, provides a unique opportunity to study the history of England’s architecture and buildings.

The course covers English architectural history from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day, and offers an introduction to research techniques and methods of recording buildings.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural History

DPhil in Architectural History

The part-time DPhil (Doctor of Philosophy, equivalent to a PhD) enables students to undertake individual research to a high level in architectural history. Past students have studied for the intrinsic interest of the subject as well as in connection with careers in heritage management and conservation.

Find out more about the DPhil in Architectural History

Student spotlights

Diane Mackay

Diane Mackay

Diane's experience renovating English properties rekindled her interest in studying architecture so she applied for our part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural History.

Rosemary Yallop

Rosemary Yallop

Rosemary had a varied career before studying for a DPhil in Architectural History, where the Department’s staff encouraged her for six years.