About the School of Art History

The School of Art History was ranked first in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020, and first in Scotland and third in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2020.


The School performed well in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 75% of its research being judged 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading'. Staff interests range from the Medieval to Modern periods and encompass architecture, the history of photography as well as the fine arts.

The School also has a substantial number of postgraduates (60 to 70) taking taught modules in Art History, History of Photography and Museum and Gallery Studies, or working on research projects for higher degrees (MPhil and PhD). The School's fortnightly research seminars provide an opportunity for students and staff to get together for discussion and to interact with scholars from other universities and galleries. There is also a full programme of conferences and lectures by distinguished speakers.

The School also has the Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute which engages with students through research, education and training with a focus on museum, art galleries, historic houses and all their collections.


The school handles over 500 students each year. Around 70 to 80 students graduate annually with a degree in Art History. Some students take a joint degree, combining Art History with another subject (e.g. English, History, Anthropology), and many more enrol for occasional Art History modules in their first and second years.

The results of the National Student Survey 2019 showed St Andrews as performing extremely well, attaining first place in the UK for the quality of its undergraduate teaching for the second year running.

For more information on courses, head to the prospective students page. 


The School is located on 79 North Street, a short walk from the Old Union Coffee shop. Please see the contact page for more information.

The School also has rooms and kitchen facilities for postgraduate students and is close to the University library, where they can access the library's Special Collections which house many of the University's rarest works.