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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History of Women, Gender and Sexuality

The School of History held the 3rd Annual Lecture in the History of Women, Gender and Sexuality on Friday, 8 March. Professor Jinty Nelson was presenting a Wider Public with the History of Early Medieval Gender.

CBE awarded to Professor Robert Bartlett.

Congratulations to Professor Robert Bartlett, Emeritus Professor of Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews, who has been awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to History in the 2019 Queen's New Year Honours.

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, 22 April
Centre for Anatolian and East Mediterranean Studies Annual Lecture
Lorenz Korn (Bamberg)
‘“Dome Halls of the Saljuq Period in Iran: Origins, forms and functions”
5.15 pm, Parliament Hall, South St

Intellectual History
Tues, 23 April
Silvia Sebastiani (EHESS)
‘The boundaries of humanity in the Enlightenment: orangutans, slaves, and global markets’
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine’s Lodge,

Institute of Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 25 April
Murray McLean (University of Glasgow)
‘From Kirking to Kilting: Weddings and the Invention of (Post) Modern Scotland’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Middle East History and Iranian Studies
Thurs, 25 April

James Barr (KCL)
Anglo-American rivalry in the Middle East in the quarter-century after 1942
5.15 pm, Old Seminar Room, 71 South St

Institute for Transnational & Spatial History
Thurs, 25 April

Professor Markéta Křižová (Charles University Prague)
Short-term and circular mobility from the Czech Lands to Latin America (1880s-1930s)
5 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre, Arts Building

Institue of Legal and Constitutional Research
Mon - Tues, 29 - 30 April

ILCR Annual Conference/British Academy Conference
‘Sovereignty: a Global Perspective’
(Registration required: for details see https://sovereignty.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/)
Two full days, Gateway Building

Early Modern and Reformation
Thurs, 2 May
Nina Lamal (Antwerp)
‘Foreign Ambassadors and the End of Italian Newspaper Publishing in the Seventeenth Century’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John’s House

EMMH Postgraduate Seminar Series
Wed, 8 May
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

For full information about the seminar programme please click here