Postgraduate Study in the School of History

Postgraduate Student

The School of History is home to a large and diverse community of over 100 postgraduate students pursuing either one of a number of taught programmes on offer, or engaging in original research for an advanced postgraduate degree.

As one of the country's leading centres for historical research the School of History provides an active and cohesive academic setting for postgraduate study. The School brings together over fifty members of staff - several of them leading, internationally recognised authorities - working in many different fields of History and is also home to a number of institutes, research centres, projects and research groups.

Postgraduate Students at St Andrews benefit from an strong and supportive network of facilities.

  • Individual and discretionary grants help with research expenses - Postgraduate Funding Opportunities for 2013-14
  • Most Research Students have shared study space.
  • The University Library provides extensive collections (including an outstanding Special Collections department).
  • The School supports student-led initiatives such as conferences and workshops.
  • Both the University and the School offer a full syllabus of Skills Courses to help develop students’ research and career skills.
  • Training in reading foreign languages for research is offered (Latin, French, German and Italian).
  • Opportunities for teaching. We aim to provide as many as possible of our second and third-year PhD students with teaching experience on our undergraduate (sub-honours) courses. This scheme strengthens the profiles of those PhD students hoping to go on to academic or academic-related careers. PhD teaching assistants are paid on an hourly basis.

 

Research Degrees

More than 50 PhD theses are currently being undertaken by postgraduates students in the School of History attesting to the School’s commitment to fostering innovative research and early careers. Click here for a list of recent theses completed in the School (some can be read online).

Many of these postgraduate students have been attracted to St Andrews by their wish to be supervised by a certain member of staff, often a leading contributor to his or her field. The research interests of members of staff range from 6th century Scotland to America in the 1970s and with over forty active researchers the number of areas of expertise is very large.

In addition to the academic relationship which doctoral students will develop individually with their supervisor, these students are also part of a large and active research community. Formally this community includes the Institutes and Centres within the School and the regular seminars which run throughout the semesters. A more informal postgraduate community is maintained through dedicated communal workspace, reading parties and a range of postgraduate social events.

Our students have the opportunity to study abroad as part of their PhDs, either as part of formal co-tutelle (joint supervision) arrangements with another university, or through the Erasmus exchange programme. Further details can be found on the School Postgraduate Study Abroad page.

Further Information about Research Degrees

For a student's perspective on PhD study at St Andrews, see: http://standrewsschoolofhistory.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/why-write-a-phd-at-st-andrews-by-claire-hawes/

 

Taught Postgraduate Degrees

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  • Graduate Diploma
  • M Litt
  • M Phil
The University of St Andrews offers a unique combination of expertise on the history of the book. High-profile projects such as the French Vernacular Book Project, the Universal Short title Catalogue and the Protestant Latin BibleProject are all proof of the vitality of research into the book world. This degree offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the book world from the inception of the printed book in the 15th century to the invention of the mechanised press in the 19th century.

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  • Graduate Diploma
  • M Litt
  • M Phil
The Centre for Russian, Soviet and Central and Eastern European Studies offers the a range of taught and research-based postgraduate programmes in Central and Eastern European Studies.

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  • Graduate Diploma
  • M Litt
  • M Phil
This degree will provide students with advanced training in the history of the early modern European and Atlantic worlds, including the Ottoman Empire. It will introduce students to a range of approaches to early modern history, and will give students unusually wide opportunities to undertake advanced study of the period. It will also provide both broad and deep preparation for subsequent doctoral research for students wishing to pursue further study. St Andrews has one of the highest concentrations of staff researching into early modern history in the world, and students can therefore expect a high level of specialised supervision in most fields

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This degree programme permits students to explore human interaction with the non-human natural world within the context of a conceptually advanced study of history. Students have the opportunity to draw upon the expertise of members of the Institute for Environmental History and the Department of Modern History at the University of St Andrews . In addition, postgraduate modules in the Environmental History programme are interdisciplinary and interdepartmental, involving the Schools of History, Geography and Geosciences, and Economics.

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  • Graduate Diploma
  • M Litt
  • M Phil
The MLitt in Intellectual History at St Andrews has three goals. First, it provides students with a broad knowledge of the latest intellectual-historical research. Second, it makes students aware of the different kinds of intellectual history being practised today, and the relationship between intellectual history and philosophy, literature and literary studies, international relations, law, politics, economics and theology. Third, it prepares students for doctoral-level research by facilitating one-to-one study with scholars of ancient, medieval, early modern and modern intellectual history, and encompasses all branches of intellectual history including book history, the history of society and the history of science. Throughout, the programme fosters comparative analysis across nations and cultures, facilitating what is sometimes labelled a global approach to intellectual history.

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  • Graduate Diploma
  • M Litt
  • M Phil

 

The Institute of Iranian Studies serves as a focal point for research and discussions of all aspects of Iranian Studies through the hosting of conferences, seminars and workshops, with the aim of drawing together academic and policy expertise. It offers a taught postgraduate programme in Iranian Studies which is the first taught postgraduate programme of its kind in the United Kingdom, and scholars here benefit from burgeoning resources as the cataloguing of some 12,000 Persian books and 800 films donated to the University Library continues.

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  • Graduate Diploma
  • M Litt
  • M Phil
The School of History offers a broad-ranging taught postgraduate programme, designed to cater for students of differing career ambitions, areas of specialisation and previous training. The wide-ranging interests of staff in the School allows students to study in depth a variety of topics from across the mediaeval worlds, both East and West, from Late Antiquity through to the Later Middle Ages.

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  • M Litt

 

This innovative degree is an introduction to the growing field of interdisciplinary Mediaeval Studies. The course will equip students with knowledge of different theoretical approaches, current debates and the nature of cross and inter-disciplinary work. It is designed to be flexible enough to cater for students from different academic backgrounds and with different career plans, furnishing those who wish to go on to further research with the technical and interpretative skills needed for research degrees.

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  • Graduate Diploma
  • M Litt
  • M Phil
This degree program offers students of the Middle East the opportunity to explore in depth a variety of topics relating to the history and culture of this crucially significant region of the world. The program is highly interdisciplinary and draws upon the wide range of expertise within the School of History. The courses are open to students with an undergraduate degree in History or Middle East Studies.

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  • Graduate Diploma
  • M Litt
  • M Phil

 

This degree programme offers students of Modern History an opportunity to deepen their understanding of key issues in the discipline by pursuing their studies at a conceptually advanced level. Making full use of the wide spectrum of specialist areas covered by members of the School of History at St. Andrews, the programme invites postgraduate historians to work intensively in a variety of subject areas while achieving a steady progression in core fields such as historiography and methodology.

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  • M Litt

 

This one year degree in Reformation Studies offers students the opportunity to study in St Andrews, the historic heart of the Scottish Reformation and Renaissance, at Scotland's oldest university.

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  • Graduate Diploma
  • M Litt
  • M Phil
Making full use of the wide spectrum of specialist areas covered by members of the St. Andrews Institute of Scottish Historical Research, the programme offers students exciting opportunities both to explore Scotland's long term development over time and to focus on more specific topics of interest under the guidance of renowned experts in the field. Postgraduate courses are open to students with an undergraduate degree in History or Scottish History or to those who can demonstrate an equivalent level of historical training.

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  • M Litt
This MLitt programme in Transnational, Global and Spatial History embraces an exciting and growing area of study that promotes new transnational perspectives and ways of seeing the past through a more explicit appreciation of scale in space and time. Explore a range of approaches to the study of global trade, the development of networks (large and small), comparative history and cross-cultural encounters. This program provides a unique introduction to the emerging field of spatial history, including the study of representations of space, of landscapes, mental maps, spatial practices and topographies of memory. Explore approaches to the history of cities as hubs, of transfers and travel, of the circulation of ideas and the migration of peoples. Gain proficiency in powerful tools for mapping, geographic analysis, and the study of social networks as well as skills in the use of non-textual sources and overcoming the challenges of translation and multi-lingual archives.

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