The University of St Andrews and the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn are pleased to offer a joint programme leading to the award of a joint doctoral degree in History. The thesis and research must be in the areas of Mediaeval or Modern History.
Candidates start the programme at either St Andrews or Bonn. One institution will be identified as the lead, normally the one at which you will spend the most amount of time.
You will have to spend 12 months in total as a resident student at both St Andrews and Bonn in order for the universities to recognise the degree. Students will divide their time into study blocks in order to facilitate access to the resources, human and otherwise, that will maximise their research opportunities. Each study block should be at least six months in length where possible.
The agreement provides students with access to one supervisor at each institution throughout the duration of their degree. Students are expected to engage with both supervisors from start to finish, and to meet regularly with all parties, either in person or using virtual methods such as video call.
Students are encouraged to take part in doctoral training, undergraduate teaching and research seminars at both universities.
History at St Andrews
The School of History at St Andrews is one of the leading centres for the study of History in Britain. The School was ranked 1st in Scotland and 12th in the UK by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
The School has around 50 academic members whose combined specialist interests cover a vast geographical area and chronological range, from 6th-century Scotland to Iran in the early 21st century (and many other places in between).
The School has over a dozen institutes and centres and ongoing research projects. There are nine seminars which meet regularly to present papers and discuss research. These include two postgraduate forums which provide a space for postgraduates to present research and enjoy friendly discussion.
History at Bonn
History has been taught at Bonn since the university’s foundation. Heinrich von Sybel founded the department in 1861. In 2006, the founding of the Institute of History brought the departments of history back together.
The Institute of History participates in cross-disciplinary teaching and research through the Faculty of Arts, and maintains close working relationships with numerous non-university research institutes and archives.
The Institute of History is involved in important interdisciplinary research within the Faculty of Philosophy, including the Bonn Mediaeval Centre and the Centre for Historical Foundations of the Present.