Medieval Studies

Medieval 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. This subject offers essential skills training in palaeography and Latin (or other medieval languages 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. 



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

International Foundation programmes - 2020 entry

International Foundation programmes prepare international students for undergraduate study in the UK and at the University of St Andrews in particular.

Social Sciences and Humanities September Foundation
Social Sciences and Humanities January Foundation 

Postgraduate - 2020 entry


Medieval Studies MLitt
Medieval English MLitt
Medieval History  MLitt


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

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Medieval Studies research areas

St Andrews is home to a large and dynamic group of medievalists with a depth of expertise running from Late Antiquity to the late 15th century, and across the medieval 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 medieval 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.

Medieval Studies research centres and institutes

The University has three research centres and institutes related to Medieval Studies.

SAIMS brings together over 30 full-time academic staff of international standing and a number of research associates interested in interdisciplinary medieval 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.

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 Medieval Studies

The skills you gain through taking a degree in Medieval Studies are marketable in most career areas. Perhaps the major strengths of all Medieval 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 Medieval Studies in other disciplines.

Undergraduate scholarships

MLitt students

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

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

Potential funding opportunities:

Funding for PhD students


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

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3332

Institute of Medieval Studies website