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Diploma of Family Historical Studies

I have limited experience in thesis/academic writing will this be an issue to complete the Diploma?

What is covered in the exam?

Can I view a past thesis? Past thesis can be viewed in the Library at 379 Kent Street, Sydney (search the Library catalogue Thesis/A6/) - if you would give to receive a sample thesis electronically, email admin[at]sag.org.au.

Is there an RPL process? (Recognition of Prior Learning) Not at this time - call Diploma candidates need to have completed the Certificate of Genealogical Research.

What if my family is fairly ordinary and therefore unlikely to generate enough information for a 20,000-word thesis?

What is the time commitment?

What is meant by a synopsis?

Who owns the copyright to the thesis? (Can it be utilised for a subsequent publication?) The students retain the copyright and could therefore utilise the research and work for publication.

What is the best advice from former Diploma candidates? Write often and find critical reviewers/proof readers that can support the readability of your work.


Who can I talk to about these courses? Email admin[at]sag.org.au and we will get in contact. As a member or subscribing to the Society's news, you will be updated on regular information evenings and other related events.

Do I have to be a SAG member to undertake these courses?  Yes - at least for the duration of your assessments and candidature.

What don’t the fees cover? The fees may not cover additional webinars, texts, subscriptions or activities such as visits to archives or acquiring certificates to support gaining knowledge for the Certificate or research trips for the Diploma.

Are the Certificate and Diploma recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework? No. The Society of Australian Genealogists is not currently registered with government regulators as a higher education provider. Courses, including our Certificate and Diploma are non-accredited and do not at this time result in the award of a qualification recognised with the Australian Qualifications Framework. We do however, constantly review and adapt our courses in line with both the practices and standards of genealogical education given our extensive sector experience and with governance through a Diploma and Certificate Committee and the Society’s Board .

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