Taught course

Parish Church Studies: History, Heritage and Fabric

University of York · Centre for Lifelong Learning

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Entry requirements

You should normally be a graduate in a related subject area. We favourably consider students with a BA/BSc award in any subject and evidence of recent higher education level study in this area.

Months of entry


Course content

Parish churches are religious, historical, artistic and archaeological monuments. With social, economic and cultural implications, the parish church is a recognisable feature of villages, towns and cities across the country.

This online programme provides an excellent academic grounding in the key issues, themes and contexts associated with the changing nature of parishes and parish churches. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of a breadth of notable research on topics ranging from the conservation of the church and its legislative framework, sacred objects and art, to the management and care of the churchyard.

Joining an active community, you can craft your learning around your life by participating in flexible weekly modules in your own time, and at your own pace. The intuitive technology-enabled approach allows for lively discussions and a high degree of engagement, guidance and support. You’ll also be invited to attend an annual residential weekend to hear expert talks, network in-person and share your learning with the wider cohort of students and staff.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 328482