By studying history at St Andrews, you will experience a range of expertise in many areas of the past, including medieval and modern history from Scotland to Byzantium, the Americas, 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. Renowned research combined with teaching excellence offers a stimulating environment for the study of history.



History MA (Hons)
History BA (International Hons)
Ancient History MA (Hons)
Mediaeval History MA (Hons)
Mediaeval History & Archaeology MA (Hons)
Middle East Studies MA (joint Hons)
Modern History MA (Hons)
Scottish History MA (Hons)

Joint degree options

The Ancient History, Mediaeval History, Middle East Studies, Modern History, and Scottish History MA (Hons) programmes can be taken with another subject as part of a joint degree or a "with" degree.

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History research areas

The School of History has around 50 academic members whose combined specialist interests cover a vast geographical area and chronological range. 

Research interests range from 6th-century Scotland to Iran in the early 21st century (and many other places in between). There are particular strengths in medieval, Middle Eastern, transnational, British, Continental European and US history, as well as groupings focused on Reformation, environmental and intellectual history.

As befits Scotland’s oldest university, the School is also a leading centre of Scottish historical research.

Careers for graduates in History

History courses at St Andrews aim to prepare you for careers in academia, business, government and international organisations.

The analytical and communication skills acquired and mastered through the study of history are highly prized by a wide range of employers. Popular employment areas amongst graduates include:

  • service industries
  • law
  • the British Army
  • the financial sector (Barclays Bank, Deloitte & Touche)
  • arts and the media (Sky TV, Pavilion Films)
  • the government
  • teaching – primary and secondary as well as teaching English abroad (Japan and Africa)
  • children’s charities 
  • academia.

 See recent graduate employment case studies.

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available to prospective undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students.


Various scholarships are available for prospective undergraduate students.

Undergraduate scholarships

Postgraduate students

The School of History offer one-year awards to students pursuing MLitt programmes in History. These awards offer the cash equivalent of one year's home fees.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

Students applying to study Scottish History at research level are eligible for the Ewan and Christine Brown scholarship.

The School of History invites applications for funding to undertake postgraduate research. These funding opportunities include:

Funding for PhD students


REF 2014

The School of History was ranked top in Scotland for research quality in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014

University league tables

History at St Andrews was ranked first in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2019 and fourth in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2019 for overall student satisfaction and quality of teaching and research.


School of History 
University of St Andrews 
St Katharine’s Lodge
The Scores
St Andrews 
KY16 9BA

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2890
Email: history@st-andrews.ac.uk 

History website History research portal