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Graduate Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full-time; up to 4 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Graduate Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History course from the University of New England (UNE) teaches students the knowledge and techniques to pursue local, family and applied history.

Students choose from a range of subject areas, such as family and local history sources and methods, oral history, heritage conservation and history in film, and pursue professional development through work experience.

Graduates from this course will be equipped to bring a professional approach to historical work in their area or areas of interest. The graduate diploma also allows progression towards a Master of History.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this history course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Local and community history
  • War and Australian society in the 20th century
  • History as film
  • Waking the dead: deaths, burials and memorials
  • Heritage conservation
  • History and museums
  • Australian frontiers: rural and regional histories
  • The family in history
  • Oral history
  • Public history
  • Understanding history
  • Work integrated learning - professional skills development

Elective units may also be included from other UNE history courses. Other units may be chosen in conjunction with the course coordinator.

Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Graduate Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History from the University of New England.

This course opens up a numerous career options in the local, family and applied history fields, whether in the personal or community sector, or in professional applications.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in arts could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Historian
  • History Teacher
  • History Tutor
  • Heritage Worker
  • History Researcher
  • Museum Worker

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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