From medieval to modern, Scotland to the Middle East, studying history at St Andrews offers you a broad and varied portfolio of courses to specialise in.

Historians at St Andrews study the histories of religion, politics, law, commerce, science and the environment across all periods. Renowned research combined with teaching excellence offers a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of history.


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The School of History offers PhD and MSt(Res) programmes. Research in history typically falls into one of three areas:

To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.

“This is a small and welcoming community. You can take a wide range of courses and combine History classes with modules from other Schools and Departments in your first two years. There is also the ability to combine studying here with exchange programmes in Europe or beyond, which provides a fantastic undergraduate experience.”

- Somerset, England


First in the UK for history

Guardian University Guide 2023

First in Scotland and fifth in the UK for history

Complete University Guide 2023

89% of research activity rated 3* or 4*

Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)