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History Courses

Uncover archaeology and explore important events from ancient to modern times with online history courses from leading universities and cultural institutions.

Genealogy: a lady looks at a tombstone in a graveyard while researching her family tree
University of Strathclyde
Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree
Develop your understanding of genealogy. Uncover your ancestors’ past and create a meaningful family history or family tree.
Archaeology: a human skull is examined in the lab.
University of Reading
Get an introduction to studying archaeology, exploring exciting discoveries in the Vale of Pewsey, near to Stonehenge and Avebury.
The Open University
Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World
Discover what healthcare was like in ancient Greece and the Roman world with this free online course.
A re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth, at which Richard III died
University of Leicester
England in the Time of King Richard III
Explore 15th century England through archaeology, history and literature. Learn more about Richard III’s discovery and reburial.
Election meeting in Dublin
Trinity College Dublin
Irish Lives in War and Revolution
Explore the lives of men, women and children living through war and revolution and social changes that made modern Ireland.
A 3D digital model of the ancient city of Rome
University of Reading
Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.
Bullet riddled Red Cross ambulance
UNSW Canberra
Military Ethics
We explore the ethical responsibilities that weigh on military professionals, who are ‘managers of violence’.
Hadrian's Wall - the Roman Empire's most heavily fortified frontier. Copyright Newcastle University
Newcastle University
Hadrian's Wall: Life on the Roman Frontier
Explore the archaeology of the most heavily fortified frontier in the Roman Empire, its people and their lives.
Antique map of Europe with dotted lines leaving Britain to illustrate their expansion.
University of Exeter
The British Empire continues to cause enormous disagreement among historians. Find out why and join the debate.
'The Hobbit' skull
University of Wollongong
Homo Floresiensis Uncovered
Discover the incredible world of 'the Hobbit' as modern archaeological science uncovers secrets hidden in time.
Robert Burns
University of Glasgow
Robert Burns
Dig deeper into the life and works of Robert Burns, with this free University of Glasgow course.
The RAF in the Cold War: a Victory plane flying behind a Thor missile, c.1960
Royal Holloway, University of London
From World War to White Heat
Explore the role that the Royal Air Force played in the Cold War through the collections of the RAF Museums at Hendon and Cosford.

Meet the people who love FutureLearn

Nichelle, who took the history course 'Genealogy: Researching your Family Tree'' on FutureLearn

“In 2013, I made my hobby, genealogy, into my career and started my own business called Copper Leaf Genealogy - the course on FutureLearn has helped my business to progress.”

Learner on Genealogy: Researching your Family Tree