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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Medieval History Postgraduate Forum
Wednesday, 29 March
Ingrid Fagernes Ivarsen

'Some non-Wulfstan Connections between Law and Homily in Anglo-Saxon England’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Middle East History and Iranian
Annual lecture of the Centre for Anatolian and East Mediterranean Studies
Professor Scott Redford (SOAS)
Thursday, 30 March
Artistic Relations between Medieval Anatolia and Syria
5.15 pm, Old Class Library, St John's House

Early Modern and Reformation
Thursday, 30 March
Emily Michelson (St Andrews)
‘Old Foes and New Saints in Early Modern Rome’.  
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John’s House

Late Modern History
Monday, 3 April
Sarah Easterby-Smith (University of St Andrews)
Gathering green gold: Botany and the French empire in the eighteenth-century Indian Ocean
4.30 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Mediaeval Studies
Monday, 3 April
Dr Paul Oldfield (Manchester)

Cities and ‘Tyrant’ Kings: Rethinking the Status of Urban Communities in the Twelfth-Century Kingdom of Sicily
5.15 pm, Old Class Library, St John’s House

Institute of Intellectual History
Tuesday, 4 April

Phil Connell (Cambridge)
‘Wordsworth's "Sonnets Dedicated to Liberty" (1802-3) and the British Revolutionary Past’
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine’s Lodge

Scottish Historical Research
Thursday, 6 April
Ms Lynn Kilgallon (Trinity College Dublin)
‘Parliament, legitimacy and the ‘absent king’ in the insular world (c. 1399-1450)’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John’s House

Early Modern and Modern History Postgraduate Forum
Monday, 10 April
Postgrad Paper Panel TBD
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St. Katherine’s Lodge

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