Mediaeval Studies

Mediaeval Studies at St Andrews is an interdisciplinary subject which equips students with the knowledge of different theoretical approaches and current debates in the fields of history, art history, languages and literature and offers essential skills training in palaeography and Latin (or other medieval language as required). Students may also work with colleagues in Philosophy and Divinity as available and appropriate.

Students come from diverse backgrounds and with very different goals in mind. Some are preparing for doctoral work, others are keen to pursue a particular area of research as a complement to their undergraduate degree. Small group teaching and individual supervision are tailored to secure the best from each student. Working closely with renowned researchers combined with teaching excellence makes a stimulating and rewarding degree in Mediaeval Studies.



St Andrews does not currently offer a single Honours degree in Mediaeval Studies; however, many undergraduate degree programmes in other subjects include aspects of mediaevalism, including Art History, Mediaeval History, Modern Languages, Archaeology, English, Divinity, History and Philosophy.



Mediaeval Studies MLitt
Mediaeval History  MLitt
Medieval English MLitt


Please contact a supervisor in your research area to inquire about PhD opportunities.

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Mediaeval Studies research areas

St Andrews is home to a large and dynamic group of mediaevalists with a depth of expertise running from Late Antiquity to the late 15th century, and across the mediaeval world from the Middle East and the Mediterranean to the British Isles and Scandinavia.

This is a period which remains of real relevance to our modern world, from the way that we organise political and social life, to the intellectual challenges which saw the rise of universities. The mediaeval period witnessed the upheaval of expanding urbanism and deadly plague, the power of religious ideas and practices which both nurtured and condemned, and the emergence of vernaculars, of new art forms and of scientific experiment and intercultural exchange.

Staff, postdoctoral fellows and postgraduates undertake collaborative and individual research and archival projects on these and many other topics, often working in interdisciplinary ways on texts and objects, ideas and practices.

Mediaeval Studies research centres and institutes

The University has four research centres and institutes related to Mediaeval Studies.

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

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.

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.

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.

Careers for graduates in Mediaeval Studies

The skills you gain through taking a degree in Mediaeval Studies are marketable in most career areas. Perhaps the major strengths of all Mediaeval Studies graduates are analytical and communication skills, both on paper and in person. Other skills you will develop during your degree include palaeography, structuring information, organisation of time and workload, and familiarity with a medieval language.

Recent graduates have gone into:

  • archives
  • teaching
  • interpreting and translation work
  • university administration
  • academia.

For more information about using your degree, please see the Careers Centre website.

Funding opportunities

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


Find out more about undergraduate scholarships, as well as funding available for study related to Mediaeval Studies in other disciplines.

Undergraduate scholarships

MLitt students

Scholarships are available for postgraduate-taught students in a wide range of disciplines covering Mediaeval Studies.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

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

Other potential funding opportunities include:

Funding for PhD students


REF 2014

Mediaeval Studies is interdisciplinary and therefore was not assessed independently in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014. Individual disciplines nonetheless did exceptionally well, with medievalists playing a major part in their success. See the REF 2014 results.


Institute of Mediaeval Studies
University of St Andrews
71 South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9QW

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3332

SAIMS website