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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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme

The University will sponsor outstanding researchers who are eligible and wish to apply for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. This scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment. To be considered for University sponsorship, please discuss your application in the first instance with the Head of School.

The application to the University should be sent to provost@st-andrews.ac.uk and should be in the form of a draft of a Leverhulme application. The deadline for applications to the University is January 10th.

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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News and Events Briefing

Mediaeval Studies Seminar Series
Monday, 21 April
Dr James Howard-Johnston (Oxford)
The Peira of Magistros Eustathios Romaios: Byzantine case-law from the eleventh century
5.15 pm, Old Class Library, St John’s House

Late Modern
Wednesday, 23 April

Junko Takeda (Syracuse University) French Centre Visiting Fellow
‘Savage Worms and Modern Machines: French Sericulture, Napoleonic State-building, and Tokugawa Japan’
4.30 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Institute of Scottish Historical Research
Thursday, 24 April
Prof Jane Dawson (University of Edinburgh)
‘John Knox’
5.15 pm, Old Class Library, St John's House

Middle East History and Iranian Studies
Thursday, 24 April
Ben Fortna (SOAS, London)

Going Rogue: Ottoman Special Operations Officers and the Founding of an 'Independent State' at the end of the Balkan Wars
5.15 pm, Old Seminar Room, 71 South Street

Postgraduate Forum
Monday, 28 April

Jason Varner

When research meets the Bible: strategies for engaging with biblical themes in early modern history without becoming a theologian
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

St Andrews Institute of Intellectual History
Tuesday, 6 May
Greg Claeys (Royal Holloway)
Istvan Hont Memorial Lecture
“Mill, Malthus and Class: Family Values and the Harm Principle”
5.00 - 6.30 pm, School 1, St Salvator’s Quad, North Street

For full information about the seminar programme please click here