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 Studentships

The School invites incoming PhD students to apply for studentships funded by i) the AHRC; and ii) the University.  The number of scholarships available, and their value, will be finalised in due course. More information about the studentships can be found here


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Institute of Scottish Historical Research joint with Reformation and Early Modern
Thursday, 2 October

The T.C. Smout Lecture in Scottish History.
Professor Chris Whatley (Dundee)
'Burns by an Englishman is impossible": sculptors, statues and the contested memory of Robert Burns'
5.00 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre, New Arts Building

Mediaeval Studies
Monday, 6 October
Prof Adrian Bell (Reading)
Modern Finance in the Middle Ages – Credit Crunch, Sovereign Default, Financial Engineering, and Rate Rigging.
5.15 pm, Old Class Library, St John’s House, 71 South Street

Postgraduate (Early Modern and Modern) History Postgraduate Forum
Monday, 6 October
“Research Tools and Outputs for the 21st Century PhD”.
5.15 pm, room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge, The Scores

Institute of Intellectual History
Tuesday, 7 October
Knud Haakonssen (Erfurt and St Andrews)

'Political Economy and Utopia, or the Paternalistic Enlightenment in Scotland'
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katherine’s Lodge, The Scores

Modern History
Wednesday, 8 October

Connie Schulz (University of South Carolina)
Pouring Old Editorial Wine into New Digital Bottles
4.30 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House, 71 South Street


For full information about the seminar programme please click here