Welcome to the School of History

With over fifty 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.

The School of History was delighted to achieve the Athena Swan Bronze Award in November 2018.


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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2019

The School of History, welcomes applications to act as a host institution for the 'Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship' competition. These fellowships are intended to enable early career researchers - who have a research record but have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post - to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Please see link.

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.


Professor Carole Hillenbrand awarded CBE

Congratulations to Carole Hillenbrand, Professorial Fellow in Islamic History, who has been recognised with a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the understanding of Islamic History . The awards have been given as part of celebrations marking HRH The Queen’s 92nd birthday.



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Medieval Studies
Mon, 18 February
Barbara Crawford (St Andrews)

Excavations at St. Clements Church, Trondheim. Interdisciplinary Clash or Co-ordination?
5.15 pm, Old Class Library

Medieval History Postgraduate Seminar
Wed, 20 February
Jiazhu Hu
The 1316 Disputes between the Cinque Ports and Great Yarmouth: how to quarrel in petitionary language
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John’s House

GRADskills Training
Thurs, 21 February
Dr Malcolm Petrie

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

Early Modern and Reformation
Thurs, 21 February
Chelsea Reutcke (St Andrews)
‘Printers, Readers and Patrons: Catholic networks in England during the 1680s’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John’s House

Intellectual History
Tues, 26 February 
Jacqueline Rose (St Andrews) and Matthew Ward (Oxford)
‘(Mis)reading Hobbes in the British Atlantic world: trade, toleration, and royalist visions of empire in the early Restoration’
15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Institute of Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 28 February
Diane Watters (Historic Environment Scotland)
‘“Fife Looks Ahead”: Glenrothes and the New Town movement in Scotland’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Institue of Legal and Constitutional Research
Wed, 6 March
Hyeran Jo (Texas A&M University)
‘Laws of War: Current Challenges’
5.00 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre

Middle East History and Iranian Studies
Thurs, 7 March

Foteini Spingou (Edinburgh)
5.15 pm, Old Seminar Room, 71 South St

EMMH Postgraduate Seminar Series
Wed, 13 March
Guan Kiong Teh, PhD Candidate
‘No Pains, No Lanes: Dissent, Soft Power and the Automotive Industry in Pahlavi Iran, 1953-79’
James Inglis, PhD Candidate
‘Don’t Write in the Dark: The Commercialisation of the Visible Typewriter in Scotland’
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge


For full information about the seminar programme please click here