The new (version of the) PGDip in Parish Church Studies is now open for applications.
The postgraduate diploma in Parish Church Studies at the University of York offers a unique opportunity to gain detailed and practical knowledge of the history, use, care and conservation of parish churches. The online format offers you the opportunity to study in your own home and somewhat at your own pace, extensively supported by an expert in the field, and learning as part of an active online community.
The only course of this type in Britain, the diploma enables those wishing to enhance their understanding of local sites of importance in order to develop new areas of expertise or those involved in the design and implementation of conservation techniques. It is equally valuable for lay staff, volunteers and those simply with a general interest in the parish landscape.
Run by the Centre for Lifelong Learning, the programme starts in late September/early October, concurrent with each new academic year – places are limited to ensure a constructive atmosphere for discussions.
This is a two-year, part-time, postgraduate-level programme delivered wholly online in a fully-supported learning environment. Students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after successful completion of the first year if their circumstances change.
As the course is run via distance learning, it really is one for everybody, can be fit in around work commitments and you can (somewhat) learn at your own pace.
I am lecturer and course director for the PGDip, so if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. It is a fascinating course and students learn an abundance of subjects from stained glass and graffiti, to the cult of saints, the structure of the early modern parish, gender and the parochial authority, and on to modern conservation approaches. It really does cover (almost) everything!
For further information and to access the application portal, see here.