Welcome to the School of History

The School of History at St Andrews is the vibrant setting for a large community of researchers and students of History. Part of the ancient university of St Andrews and sited in the centre of the old town of St Andrews, the School of History provides top quality teaching in a beautiful setting. 


Dr Frank MullerAHRC Grant to Fund Research into 19th-Century European Monarchies

Dr Frank Lorenz Müller has been awarded a research grant by the AHRC to lead a five-year project exploring the roles played by heirs to the throne in the constitutional monarchies of 19th-century Europe.

The grant will provide funding for a postdoctoral researcher, two fully –funded PhD studentships and two international conferences.

Please click here for further information

School Book Prizes

Congratulations to all students who have been awarded book prizes by the School of History for distinction level performance at subhonours in 2010-11.

Students who have received an award email can now select their prize by clicking here.

St Andrews PhD students have won two of the three annual Postdoctoral Fellowships
offered by the Society for Renaissance Studies

Alessia Meneghin, will be working on a new project, Shaping affordable fashion: Florentine mercers in the fifteenth century, which will expand on current knowledge of an occupational group that determined the access of urban workers to low-cost fashion in late medieval Tuscany. The project is based on a comparative study of the activity of four mercers in Florence between 1415 and 1479 whose surviving books make it possible to establish the number, volume and nature of transactions, the goods sold, the suppliers and their business turnover. This will allow both quantitative and qualitative analysis of issues such as the relationship between the mercers’ specializations and the demand of their clientele, the connection between that same clientele’s economic choices and their social identities, and how the choices and preferences for certain types of accessories reflect the dynamics of changes in fashion.

Stefan Visnjevac, will be working on a project entitled Speaking in Public in Late Medieval Italy – The Thought and Preaching of Leonardo Mattei da Udine (1399-1469). The aim is to produce an extensive study of the life and works of the Dominican preacher Leonardo Mattei da Udine (1399-1469) who was held in high regard during his own lifetime, but is now virtually forgotten. His diverse oral and literary output on subjects from philosophy to fashions, from speeches at the Council of Florence to sermons delivered in Florence and Udine, hold great potential for a better understanding of fifteenth-century culture, intellectual thought, and the developing processes of the transmission of ideas. An investigation of Mattei’s extensive activity in Friuli - as preacher, prior, Udine’s advisor on theological concerns, prolific book trader, and promoter of local devotional cults – will seek, moreover, to add significantly to the historical scholarship of this least-studied region of Italy.

Details of the Society for Renaissance Studies and the postdoctoral fellowships can be found on www.rensoc.org.uk

Honours Pre-Advising 2011-12

Pre-advising information is now available online for all students entering Junior Honours courses or returning students entering Senior Honours in the School of History during the 2011-12 academic year. The website contains information on the application process and the degree programmes, including requirements for entrance to Honours and up-to-date details of all available course modules in Junior and Senior Honours.

Visit the Pre-advising website.

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities for 2011-12

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Imperial Sites of Memory (2 & 3 September 2011)

In co-operation with the University of Bonn, the St Andrews Centre for Transnational History is hosting a two-day international conference exploring the memory generated by the activities of imperial states in the 18th and 19th centuries and its subsequent developments. Please click HERE for further details.

St Andrews - Aberdeen Postgraduate Conference 2011

The School of History at the University of St Andrews and the Department of History at the University of Aberdeen annually organise this joint postgraduate conference. This year the University of St Andrews will host this renowned event, which will take place on Saturday 21st May.

We would like to invite postgraduate (both MLitt and PhD) students to present papers on their research. In order to ensure a wide range of papers there are no restrictions on subject area or time period. Sessions will be organised around a loose theme and will comprise of 3 - 4 papers each lasting around twenty minutes.

Please email your proposals (around 200 words) and chair candidatures to (mm878@st-andrews.ac.uk) by the 25th April.

Please click here for the conference programme.

Thinking about Postgraduate Study?

With over 50 members of staff, a large graduate community and extensive specialist library resources the School of History provides an ideal environment for postgraduate study.

For information on taught postgraduate programmes (graduate diploma, MLitt, MPhil) click here.

For information on funding for taught programmes and PhDs click here

Scholarships for intensive language tuition

Additional key benefits of studying as a postgraduate student at St Andrews:

  • Research funds – individual allowances and discretionary awards
  • Office space
  • Opportunities for teaching

News and Events Briefing

A new seminar programme will resume in semester one.

For full information about the seminar programme please click here

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