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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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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Mediaeval History Postgraduate Forum
Wed, 14 February
Sarah Greer (St Andrew
All in the family: creating a Carolingian genealogical table for the eleventh century.
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

PG Skills Training
Thurs, 15 February
Professor Andrew Pettegree

PhD Finding and Applying for Academic Jobs
10.00 am, Old Class Library, St John's House

Institute of Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 15 Feburary
Dr Neil McGuigan (University of St Andrews)
’Máel Coluim III and the Norman Conquest’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Late Modern History
Fri, 16 February
Joan Judge (York University Toronto)
In search of the Chinese Common Reader. Usable Knowledge and Wondrous Ignorance in the Age of Global Science
4.30 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Mediaeval Studies
Mon, 19 February
Steven Vanderputten (Ghent)
The Dignity of Our Bodies and the Salvation of Our Souls. Scandal, Purity, and the Pursuit of Unity in Late Tenth-Century Monasticism
5.15 pm, Parliament Hall, South Street

Institute of Intellectual History
Tues 20 February
István Hont memorial lecture
Professor Richard Bourke (Queen Mary, University of London)
‘The Philosophy of History and the History of Political Thought’
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Institute of Legal and Consitutional Research
21 February (5 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre)
Dr Jonathan Leader Maynard (Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford)
‘Thoughts on Ideology and Mass Atrocities’ 
5 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre

Early Modern and Reformation
Thurs, 22 February 
Steve Murdoch (St Andrews)
‘Britain and the Thirty Years' War: The Evolution of a Field of Study’
5.15 pm , New Seminar Room, St John’s House

Middle East History and Iranian Studies
Thurs, 8 March
Richard McClary (University of Edinburgh)

5.15 pm, Old Seminar Room, St John's House


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