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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Applications are invited for three three-year postdoctoral research fellowships to work on the Leverhulme-funded project After the Enlightenment: Scottish intellectual life, 1790-1843, directed by Professors Aileen Fyfe, Colin Kidd, Knud Haakonssen and Richard Whatmore.

The posts will be held from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2021. One research fellow will be appointed in each of the following areas: Moral Philosophy and Political EconomyNatural PhilosophyLearning and Unbelief

To discuss this post informally candidates may wish to contact the Chair of the Appointing Committee, Richard Whatmore (rw56@st-andrews.ac.uk). For more details via the 'further particulars link', and to apply, go to: https://www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk/Vacancies/W/4330/0/181225/889/postdoctoral-research-fellow-ar2074as

Applications are also invited for the position of Associate Lecturer in Intellectual History (12 months from 1 September), to cover Richard Whatmore's teaching while he is on funded leave:

History Honours Pre-advising 2018/19

Module information for students entering Junior and Senior Honours in the 2018/19 academic year is now available here.

Rees Davies Prize awarded to Ashley Atkins.

Ashley Atkins completed the MLitt in Scottish Historical Studies in the School of History, University of St Andrews in 2015/16. His dissertation, entitled, 'The authorship, function, and ideological origins of the Claim of Right of 1989', has been awarded the Royal Historical Society's Rees Davies Prize for the best Masters dissertation submitted by a UK institution of higher education. The School of History extends its congratulations to Ashley for this outstanding achievement.



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Institute of Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 26 April
Dr Gary Hutchison (University of Edinburgh)
‘Scottish Conservatism and Political Culture in the Age of Reform’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Institute of Legal and Consitutional Research / Mediaeval Studies
Mon, 30 April
Butler/ILCR Lionel Butler Lecture, Professor Michael Cook (Princeton)
'The spread of Islam around the Indian Ocean’
5.15 pm Parliament Hall

Professor Cook will also give a lunchtime workshop on the same day.

Late Modern History
Mon, 30 April

Naoyuki Umemori
(Waseda University, Tokyo)
America in Japan / Japan in America: Towards a Topographical Analysis of
Japanese Intellectual History from Kōtoku Shūsui (1871-1911) to Etō Jun (1932-1999)
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Postgraduate Forum (Early Modern and Modern History)
Mon, 30 April
Sophie Drescher (PhD Candidate, Modern History)

A Family Affair: Re-evaluating Travel as Group Experience in the Early Nineteenth Century
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St. Katherine’s Lodge

Institute of Intellectual History
Tues, 1 May      
Professor Riccardo Bavaj (St Andrews)
‘The Spatiality of Ideas: Ernst Fraenkel, Richard Löwenthal, and the “Westernization” of Political Thought’
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine’s Lodge

Mediaeval History Postgraduate Forum
Wed, 2 May
Sarah Reinsel
Persuasion Before the Mind's Eye: Rhetoric and the Medieval Dream Vision
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Early Modern and Reformation
Thurs, 3 May
Emilie Murphy (York)
‘Language learning in English convents in exile’
5.15 pm , New Seminar Room, St John’s House

For full information about the seminar programme please click here