Postgraduate students make a crucial contribution to the academic culture of the School, and we are delighted that you have chosen to study in St Andrews. This handbook is intended to clarify what you can expect from the University as well as what is expected of you during your stay. Postgraduate study is both a challenging and a rewarding time, and we hope you will make the most of the possibilities which St Andrews offers. This guide to the administration of the postgraduate degrees at St Andrews contains information that you will find useful during your stay here; and although it has been written with the ‘new’ student in mind, you may wish to keep it for reference until your graduation.
Useful telephone numbers and e-mail addresses are listed, as are references to University regulations (etc) where these are relevant. It should be noted that this book is a guide and is by no means intended to replace the printed University regulations for postgraduate study, with which you should make yourself familiar. All postgraduate students will also receive a copy of the University Code of Practice for Supervisors and Students in Taught and Research Postgraduate Programmes, and it is important that you should read this carefully.
History has been studied at St Andrews for generations in a wide variety of forms, and the University maintains a strong commitment to the development of these wide-ranging interests. The School of History conduct studies in Mediaeval, Modern and Scottish History as well as Middle Eastern History. Ancient History is an associated member of the School of History.Staff from other departments with cognate interests in history are to be found in the Schools of Art History, Classics, Modern Languages and Divinity (St Mary’s College). Research carried out in St Andrews, which has one of the strongest groups of historians in Britain, covers a vast range of subjects from Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Byzantine Empire through the Early Modern period to contemporary subjects: staff expertise embraces a diversity of approaches and interests, covering cultural, economic, political, religious and social history. The quality of the research carried out by this community of historians has been recognised by the award of grade (5) in the last Research Assessment Exercise (2001). The School of History was also awarded an ‘Excellent’ in the latest external audit of teaching. The School of Classics, which includes Ancient History, also received this top rating.