English Civil War courses

Postgraduate courses
A-Level courses
Other courses - short courses, non credit-bearing, residential

Postgraduate courses

Most UK higher education history departments offer MRes or MPhil/PhD qualifications, allowing a student to concentrate their research interests on the period for a year of study or more. These qualifications are awarded on submission of an individual research thesis, and prospective students should contact individual members of faculty staff to discuss their research interests before submitting a research proposal.

There is no dedicated, taught Masters-level course in the UK which concentrates solely on the English Civil War, though the following taught programmes concentrate portions of teaching on the period. Prospective students should follow the links/contact the individual departments to learn more about exact course specifications:

MA Early Modern History - Birkbeck, University of London
MA Renaissance, Reformation & Early Modern Studies - University of Birmingham
MPhil Early Modern History - University of Cambridge
MPhil Early Modern History - Trinity College Dublin
MA Early Modern History - Durham University
MA Early Modern History - University of East Anglia
MA Early Modern History - University of Exeter
MA Early Modern History - Kings College London
MA History (Early Modern) - Kingston University
MA Early Modern History - Manchester University
MA Early Modern History - University of Sheffield
MA Early Modern History - Swansea University
MA Religious, Social and Cultural History 1500-1750 - University of Warwick
MA Renaissance & Early Modern Studies - University of York

Other courses - eg short courses, online, distance learning, non credit-bearing, residential

Civil War and Revolution: Britain Divided, 1640–60 (online course) - University of Oxford
The English Civil War: Causes, Conflict, Consequence - Birkbeck, University of London
The Stuart Court: History, Politics and Culture - University of Exeter
The English Civil War 1642 - 1651 - University of Southampton

A-Level courses

Each of the main exam boards in England, Wales and Scotland offer the study of the English Civil War as an option as part of their A-Level qualification in History. Syllabuses allow teachers a fair amount of flexibility to choose pathways through to the qualifications, and the units below also vary in terms of the weighting allotted to them and form of assessment. Please see the syllabuses for more details.

AQA A-Level History


Units of study:

Britain, 1603–1642
Britain, 1625–1642: the Failure of Absolutism?
British Monarchy: the Crisis of State, 1642–168

WJEC A Level History


Units of study:

Politics, Government and the Crown, c.1603-1642
The relationship between Crown and Parliament, c.1629
Personal Rule and conflict with Parliament, c.1629-164
Religion, Radicalism and Dissent, c.1645-1681

England's relations with Ireland, Scotland and Wales, c.1603-1649
Crime, Disorder and Protest, c.1603-1715
England's changing relations with foreign powers, c.1603-171
Cromwell and the Interregnum, 1649-1660

OCR A Level History


Units of study:

The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–42
The English Civil War and Interregnum 1637–60
Oliver Cromwell 1599–165

SQA Higher Level


Units of study:

Early Modern History – The Century of Revolutions 1603-1702


  1. New (Believe it or not) information on the Executioner of Charles 1st. Thomas Prides son Joseph did it. See https://danpride.com/_Ancestry/josephpride.html

  2. Re. "King Charles 2nd reputedly told his mistress, the Duchess of Portsmouth, the executioner was "Pride" but it is unclear what was said. For 350 years now, it has always been assumed he meant Thomas Pride." Charles could easily have said "pride killed my father" it was very much a Stuart sin, after all!