By studying history at St Andrews, you will experience a range of expertise in many areas of the past, including mediaeval and modern history from Scotland to Byzantium, the Americas, the Middle East and South Asia. Thematic interests with the school 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)
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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Latest in History at St Andrews

The Institute of Mediaeval Studies has a programme of seminars for Martinmas semester. The next seminar, 'Middle Persian Court Records' is on 17 October.


The next Modern History seminar will be on 'Popular Music, Inter-Generational Relations and Family Life in Britain, 1955-1975' on 14 November.


On 10 November 2016, the Scottish history seminar on 'The Scottish Disruption and the politics of colonial Auckland' took place.


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 mediaeval, 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.

History research centres and institutes

The School of History currently has 12 research groups:

SAIMS brings together over thirty full-time academic staff of international standing and a number of research associates interested in interdisciplinary Mediaeval topics.

In addition to research projects on, for example, waste and coastal archaeology, the Institute provides teaching on environmental history across a broad chronological span at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

In addition to hosting visiting scholars, holding a regular seminar and providing members of the editorial board of the St Andrews Studies in Reformation History, the Institute is home to a large number of postgraduate students on MLitt and PhD programmes.

The Centre was founded to focus and enhance existing strengths at St Andrews in the field of French history; it provides an intellectual and social focus for staff and graduate students working in any field and on any period related to the history of France.

This Institute encourages and facilitates research and teaching in all aspects of Iranian civilisation and culture. The philosophy of the Institute is inclusivity and engagement.

The Institute is a hub for scholars pursuing research projects, for the teaching of intellectual history, for individuals and groups seeking access to the activities of intellectual historians internationally, and for the history of intellectual history itself through our archive.

This Institute focuses research into Scotland’s past at the University of St Andrews and draws together the excellence and expertise of nearly a dozen historians of Scotland and St Andrews.

This centre aims to promote the study of Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Central and Eastern Europe by bringing together staff and students from different academic disciplines with interests in this field.

The Centre is a forum that welcomes all staff and postgraduates whose exploration in other fields of historical and literary research involves them in encounters with legal concepts and texts.

The School of History is home to a large group of historians who share interests in the field of comparative and transnational history ranging from the late-18th to the late-20th century and covering geographical areas including Western, Central and East-Central Europe, as well as North Africa, Iran and North America.

This Institute is the home of outstanding cross-disciplinary research in the fields of law, legal history and constitutionalism at the University of St Andrews.

The Centre aims to promote research on the history and culture of the lands of Anatolia and the Eastern Mediterranean from late antiquity to the First World War. It promotes interdisciplinary research by bringing together historians, art historians and language and literature specialists.

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.


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 third in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017, fourth in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2017 and The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017.


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

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

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