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

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Internship Programme in Research and Leadership

The University is launching an exciting new internship programme, ‘The Laidlaw Undergraduate Internship Programme in Research and Leadership’, thanks to the generous support from The Rt Hon Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay.  This is the biggest UG internship programme of its kind in Scotland and is a unique opportunity for students in their penultimate year of study to gain paid professional work experience, contribute to high level research in the University and benefit from an intensive leadership training course.

Further information is available at the following webpage:-


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Late Modern History
Wednesday, 26 November

Prof Conan Fischer (St Andrews University)
European Union and the perils of democracy: Franco-German relations during the Great Depression, 1929-1932
4.30 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House, 71 South Street

Reformation Studies
Thursday, 27 November
Piet van Boxel (Oriental Studies, Oxford)
‘Printers of Hebrew books in 16th century Italy: entrepreneurs, censors and scholars’
5.15pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Mediaval Studies
Monday, 1 December
Dr Steve Marritt (Glasgow)
‘This iniquitous man, whose manifest crimes are sufficient perforce for his condemnation’: English archdeacons and their reputations in the twelfth century.
5.15 pm, Old Class Library, St John’s House

Postgraduate (Early Modern and Modern) History Postgraduate Forum
Monday, 1 December

5.15 pm, room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge, The Scores

Institute of Intellectual History
Tuesday, 2 December             Prof. S. Jay Brown (Edinburgh)
‘China and the European Enlightenment’
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katherine’s Lodge, The Scores

For full information about the seminar programme please click here