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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PhD studentship: Typewriters and commerce in Scotland, 1870s–1920s

The School of History at the University of St Andrews and National Museums Scotland invite applications for a fully-funded AHRC studentship to investigate the development of the consumer market for information and office technologies during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The award will enable to student to pursue doctoral research in a world-class history department, and to gain hands-on museums skills while working in a professional museum team. The student will have full access the technology collections at both National Museums Scotland and Glasgow Museums.

The student will study the ways typewriters were sold and used in Scotland during the first fifty years of their commercial availability. The project will innovatively combine the use of printed and archival historical sources (such as advertisements, catalogues and trade directories) with active engagement with the outstanding collections of early typewriters (and auxiliary devices) held by National Museums Scotland and Glasgow Museums, both of which have a philosophy of operating their technology collections where possible. The student will be able to analyse the different features of competing models, and consider how they were represented in marketing material; how certain features became more significant and standardized over time; and how users evaluated and valued the peculiarities of one model over another. In many cases, the student will be able to film the typewriters being used, in order to gain a richer understanding of different features, ease of use, and the aural/haptic ‘sensescapes’ of these information machines.

The studentship is funded by the AHRC via the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium (SCHC), and will be supervised by historians of science and technology Dr Aileen Fyfe and Dr Sam Alberti. The start date is 1 October 2017, and the duration is 3 years.

If you have any queries about the project or would like to discuss this opportunity before applying, please contact Dr Aileen Fyfe at akf@st-andrews.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is 18 April 2017. For fuller details of the project and the application process, see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/postgrad/typewritersandcommerce.htm



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Late Modern History (In collaboration with the Royal Historical Society)
Monday, 27 February
Nicola Martin (University of Stirling)

‘Pacification on the Fringes of the Empire: the army in Scotland and North America 1745-75’
4.30 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Mediaeval Studies (Organised jointly with the Institute of Intellectual History, St Andrews)
Monday, 27 February
Dr Richard Sowerby (Edinburgh)
Experimenting with Imprisonment in Early Medieval
5.15 pm, Old Class Library, St John’s House

Medieval History Postgraduate Forum
Wednesday, 1 March
Rory MacLellan

“A Knight for all seasons: changing visions of the military order, c.1120-1892”
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Middle East History and Iranian
Thursday, 2 March
Dr Richard Wittmann (Orient-Institut Istanbul)
Mercy for the beast? Two Early Examples of Pathocentric Animal Protection in the Islamic World
5.15 pm, Old Seminar Room, 71 South Street

Early Modern and Modern History Postgraduate Forum
Monday, 6 March
MLitt Dissertation Skills Session
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St. Katherine’s Lodge

School of History
Annual Lecture in the History of Women, Gender and Sexuality
Wednesday, 8 March
Sasha Roseneil (Essex)

‘Intimate citizenship: what difference have social movements made?’
5.15 pm, School I, The Quad
To be followed by a reception in St John’s House

Scottish Historical Research
Thursday, 9 March
Dr Valerie Wright (University of Glasgow)
‘”The evils of the present housing conditions”’: Women’s organisations and campaigns for improved housing in interwar Scotland’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John’s House

5th GRAINES summer school
Tuesday 5 - Friday 8 September
History and its sources - after the digital turn
Basel Graduate School
Call for Applications (With the following link) 

For full information about the seminar programme please click here