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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The School of History at St Andrews welcomes applications for the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme, from candidates who are both appropriately qualified and would contribute to the School’s strategic needs and activities. Interested applicants should first contact the appropriate academic colleague(s) in the School to discuss their plans and the application process. Details of the scheme and application forms are available on the Leverhulme website. One application selected by the School will be forwarded to the internal University selection process.

Applications for History must be submitted to histdor@st-andrews.ac.uk by 3pm on 9 January 2017. Applications should take the form required by the University, see the University’s research blog.


Professor Carole Hillenbrand awarded the 2016 British Academy Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding

The 2016 British Academy Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding has been awarded to Professor Carole Hillenbrand OBE FBA, for her book ‘Islam: A New Historical Introduction’.

The jury, chaired by Professor Dame Helen Wallace DBE CMG FBA in nominating Professor Hillenbrand for this Prize said: ‘The jury applauds Professor Hillenbrand’s endeavours in translating scholarly analysis and deep historical knowledge into a volume designed to promote public understanding. These reflect her active engagement throughout her professional life in promoting the study of the Islamic world in the wider academic community.’




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Early Modern and Modern History Postgraduate Forum
Monday, 23 January
Postgrad Paper Panel TBD
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St. Katherine’s Lodge

Mediaeval Studies
Monday, 23 January
Professor Jacqueline Murray (Guelph) Bullough Fellow
New Approaches to Men in the Middle Ages: Masculinity and Embodiment
5.15 pm, Old Class Library, St John’s House

Intellectual History
Monday, 23 January
Katrina Forrester (Queen Mary)
‘The Origins of Contemporary Liberal Theory Revisited’
12.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Postgraduate Skills Training
Thursday, 26 January
Dr Riccardo Bavaj

Preparing for the first-year
progress review
10.00 am, Old Class Library, St John's House

Scottish Historical Research
Thursday, 26 January
Dr Malcolm Petrie (St Andrews)
‘Serfdom in Wishaw, Hayek in Kirkcaldy: The thought-world of Scottish nationalism, c.1942-c.1975
5.30 pm, New Seminar Room, St John’s House

Reformation Studies
Thursday, 2 February
Renaud Morieux (Cambridge)

‘The Forced Migrations of Prisoners of War in the Eighteenth Century’.
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John’s House

For full information about the seminar programme please click here