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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Professor Carole Hillenbrand awarded the 2016 British Academy Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding

The 2016 British Academy Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding has been awarded to Professor Carole Hillenbrand OBE FBA, for her book ‘Islam: A New Historical Introduction’.

The jury, chaired by Professor Dame Helen Wallace DBE CMG FBA in nominating Professor Hillenbrand for this Prize said: ‘The jury applauds Professor Hillenbrand’s endeavours in translating scholarly analysis and deep historical knowledge into a volume designed to promote public understanding. These reflect her active engagement throughout her professional life in promoting the study of the Islamic world in the wider academic community.’




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Intellectual History
Tuesday, 21 February
Amanda Power (Oxford)
'The vita apostolica and the governance of the faithful: rethinking the Friars Minor'
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine’s Lodge, The Scores

Medieval History Postgraduate Forum
Wednesday, 22 February
Saif Beg

“Religious Conversion and the Chagatai Khanate: A view from the Tarikh-I-Rashidi”
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Postgraduate Skills Training
Thursday, 23 February
Dr Bridget Heal

Preparing for academic job interviews and presentations
10.00 am, Old Class Library, St John's House

Scottish Historical Research
Thursday, 23 February
Prof Steve Boardman (University of Edinburgh)
‘Bucktooth, Earl Beardie, and the Black Knight: Names and by-names in late medieval Scotland’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John’s House

Late Modern History (In collaboration with the Royal Historical Society)
Monday, 27 February
Nicola Martin (University of Stirling)

‘Pacification on the Fringes of the Empire: the army in Scotland and North America 1745-75’
4.30 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Mediaeval Studies (Organised jointly with the Institute of Intellectual History, St Andrews)
Monday, 27 February
Dr Richard Sowerby (Edinburgh)
Experimenting with Imprisonment in Early Medieval
5.15 pm, Old Class Library, St John’s House

Middle East History and Iranian
Thursday, 2 March
Dr Richard Wittmann (Orient-Institut Istanbul)
Mercy for the beast? Two Early Examples of Pathocentric Animal Protection in the Islamic World
5.15 pm, Old Seminar Room, 71 South Street

Early Modern and Modern History Postgraduate Forum
Monday, 6 March
MLitt Dissertation Skills Session
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St. Katherine’s Lodge

Reformation Studies
Thursday, 30 March
Emily Michelson (St Andrews)

‘Old Foes and New Saints in Early Modern Rome’.  
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John’s House

5th GRAINES summer school
Tuesday 5 - Friday 8 September
History and its sources - after the digital turn
Basel Graduate School
Call for Applications (With the following link) 

For full information about the seminar programme please click here