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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Mediaeval Studies
Mon, 8 February
Professor Liam Breatnach (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies)
Marriage in Pre-Norman Ireland. Texts and Interpretations
5.15 pm, Old Class Library, St John’s House

Postgraduate (Mediaeval History) Forum
Wed, 10 February
Lydia Hayes
'Holy and Transgressive Women in Gardens in High Medieval Literature'
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Postgraduate Skills Training
Thurs, 11 February
Prof Andrew Pettegree and Dr Kelsey Jackson-Williams
PhD Finding and applying for academic jobs
10.00 am, Old Class Library, St John's House

Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 11 February
Dr Claire Hawes
(St. Andrews)
‘James III: A “Bad King”?’
5.30 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Postgraduate (Early Modern and Modern History) Forum
Mon, 15 February
Matt Ylitalo
Scottish Whalers in the 19th Century
Jack Woods
Title to be confirmed
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Modern History (Joint with I.R.)
Tues, 16 February
Dominic Lieven
The End of Tsarist Russia
4.00 pm, Arts Lecture, New Arts Building

Reformation Studies
Thurs, 18 February
Violet Soen (KU Leuven)
‘A Catholic International, or Transregional Catholicism? Print, Exiles and Hosts in and beyond Cambrai (1559-1659)’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John’s House

St Andrews Intellectual History
Mon, 22 February
Dr David Allan (St Andrews)
Special lecture in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the death of Adam Ferguson
12.00 noon,St Andrews Cathedral churchyard

Middle East History and Iranian Studies
Thurs, 3 March
Dr Ayman Shihadeh (SOAS)

'Early Commentaries on Avicenna and the Broader History of Arabic Philosophy'
5.15 pm, Old Seminar Room, 71 South Street

For full information about the seminar programme please click here