History including local and social history

Enrich and extend your knowledge

Our broad sweep of courses in history encompasses British and European history from the decline of the Roman era to the present day, the ancient world, Asia and the far east and the Americas. Local and social history courses concentrate on cultural and social aspects of history, on different strata of society, and on teaching you to do research using local and national archives. 

Short courses for adult learners

Explore a new topic or revisit a favourite subject over the course of a few days, a few weeks or a term. Our short courses run in person or online, with some offered in both formats – so you can choose the study option best for you.

> View all short courses in history (including local and social)

> Ways to study: how our short courses work

Many of our short courses, including flexible online courses, weekly classes (both in Oxford and online) and some summer schools, can be studied for credit, which means they can count towards a recognised qualification such as our Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education.

Part-time Oxford University qualifications

From undergraduate level study to advanced graduate courses.

Interested in ancient history? Then take a look at our courses in archaeology, ancient history and anthropology.


Upcoming courses

Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Mon 27 Sep 2021 – 10 Dec 2021
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 29 Sep 2021 – 10 Dec 2021
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 29 Sep 2021 – 10 Dec 2021
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 29 Sep 2021 – 10 Dec 2021
Online - live • Short courses • Hybrid teaching
  • Sat 16 Oct 2021
  • 9.45am - 4.50pm