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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REF 2014 - St Andrews School of History ranked top in Scotland

The School of History at the University of St Andrews is pleased to announce that it has been ranked top in Scotland and twelfth in the UK. According to REF 2014 - a detailed analysis of the research strengths of all United Kingdom universities ‐ 80% of the overall research of historians at St Andrews, assessed by quality of publications, impact and environment was deemed to be world‐leading or internationally excellent. Our grade point average overall was 3.23, only 0.01 behind Cambridge. We are especially proud to have come 6th in UK History Departments on Impact: a tremendous achievement given our comparatively small size and distance from major urban centres. 

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

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

The School of History welcomes applications for the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme. Interested applicants should first contact the appropriate academic colleague(s) in the School to discuss their plans and the application process. Details of the scheme and application forms are available on http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ECF/ECF.cfm. Applications selected by the School will be forwarded to the internal University selection process, details of which are available on the University’s research blog http://standrewsresearchstaff.blogspot.co.uk/
Applications for History must be submitted to histdor@st-andrews.ac.uk by 5.00 pm on 19th January 2015. THIS DATE SUPERSEDES THE GENERAL DEADLINE ON THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE. 

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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Mediaeval Studies
Monday, 30 March
Prof Emilia Jamroziak (Leeds)
'Cistercians and the cult of saints in the late middle ages'
5.15 pm, Old Class Libary, St John's House

Intellectual History
Tuesday, 31 March
John Henry (Edinburgh)
The Only Game in Town? Why did Early Modern Reformers of Natural Philosophy turn almost exclusively to the Occult to replace Scholasticism?
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Modern History
Wednesday, 1 April
Prof John Davis (Kingston University)
‘The Economic Dimensions of the Peace: Vienna 1815’
4.30 pm, New Seminar Room, 71 South Street

Middle East History and Iranian Seminar
Thursday, 2 April
Dr Nicola Clarke (Newcastle)
"Childhood and masculinity in mediaeval al-Andalus"
5.15 pm, Old Seminar Room, 71 South Street

Reformation Studies
Thursday, 2 April
Mark Hutchinson (Göttingen)
'The Problem of Christian Freedom and Political Liberty in
Early Modern England and Ireland'
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John’s House

Scottish History
Thursday, 9 April          
Dr Malcolm Petrie (St Andrews)
'Liberalism, Unionism, Nationalism? Scottish Politics in the 1970s'
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Interconnected, 3rd GRAINES summer
(hosted by the Institute for Transnational & Spatial History)
Sunday 7 - Wednesday 10 June
CFP deadline - 9 March 2015
School of History, St Katharine's Lodge

For full information about the seminar programme please click here