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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For full information about the seminar programme please click here

Medieval History Postgraduate
Wed, 23 October
Independent Learning Week
No Seminar

Institute for Transnational and Spacial History
Mon, 28 October
Manuscript Workshop
“Introduction” to Doing Spatial History with Riccardo Bavaj, Bernhard Struck, and Konrad Lawson
1 - 3 pm, Old Seminar Room, South Street

Medieval Studies
Mon, 28 October
Marie Legendre (Edinburgh)
The Finances of the Caliphate: Abbasid Fiscal Practice in Islamic Late Antiquity
5.15 pm, Old Class Library, South Street

Institute of Intellectual History
Tues, 29 October     
Lucia Rubinelli (Cambridge) 
“Sovereignty and Constituent Power in Weimar Germany”
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Institute of Constitutional and Legal Research
Wed, 30 October
ILCR Reading Group
4 pm, Old Seminar Room

Early Modern and Reformation
Thurs, 31 October    
Felicity Heal (Oxford)

‘Writing on the wall: word and image in post-Reformation English churches’
5.15 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre

Late Modern History Research
Mon, 4 November
Adam Bronson
University of Durham

The Latent Public: Rumors and Public Opinion in Transwar Japan
4.00 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine’s Lodge

Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 7 November
Dr Jane Harrison (University of Oxford)

New Perspectives on Scandinavian settlement in the Northern Isles: Landscapes,
Longhouses and Place Names
5.15 pm, St John's House, 71 South St