Welcome to the School of History

With over forty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

For a full list staff and their areas of expertise please click here. Students are encouraged over a four year course to explore their interests before focussing in the final two years on specialist pathways. For our range of Undergraduate course please see here. We also offer a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level from Environmental History to the History of the Book. For the full range of our programmes see here.


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Latest News

Professor Carole Hillenbrand awarded the 2016 British Academy Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding

The 2016 British Academy Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding has been awarded to Professor Carole Hillenbrand OBE FBA, for her book ‘Islam: A New Historical Introduction’.

The jury, chaired by Professor Dame Helen Wallace DBE CMG FBA in nominating Professor Hillenbrand for this Prize said: ‘The jury applauds Professor Hillenbrand’s endeavours in translating scholarly analysis and deep historical knowledge into a volume designed to promote public understanding. These reflect her active engagement throughout her professional life in promoting the study of the Islamic world in the wider academic community.’




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Our new Seminar Programme will resume in the Autumn

Mediaeval History
Mon, 24 October
Dr Anne Haour (East Anglia)
The Medieval Trade in Cowrie Shells: To West Africa from the Indian Ocean
5.15 pm, Old Class LIbrary, St John's House

Mediaeval Postgraduate Seminar Programme
Wed, 26 October
Dr Mark Thakkar
“How not to be an academic (parts 1 and 2)”
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Postgraduate Skills Training
Thurs, 27 October
Dr Jacqueline Rose

MLitt Applying for a PhD (and funding)
10.00 am, Old Class Library, St John's House

Modern History
Thurs, 27 October
Joint with Institute for Transnational and Spatial History
Donald Sassoon (Queen Mary University of London)

Civilization and the unleashing of anxieties: Europe and Asia”.
5.15 pm, Old Class Library

Institute of Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 27 October
Ms Katy Jack (University of Stirling)
‘”Usurpations [and] infringements”: The Earldom of Mar in the 15th Century’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room
, St John's House

Intellectual History
Tues, 1 November
‘Aristotle on the Ethics of Wealth’
Kleanthis Mantzouranis (St Andrews)
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Early Modern and Modern History Postgraduate Forum
Mon, 7 November
Sean Heath
‘Relics and the Miracles of Saint Louis in the seventeenth century’
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St. Katherine’s Lodge

For full information about the seminar programme please click here