St Andrews Reformation Studies Institute


St Andrews 2017

St Andrews 2017: 500 Years of Reformation

As a group of scholars working on the Reformation and related studies, we are fortunate to be located in St Andrews: the historic heart of Scotland's Renaissance and Reformation. The University (founded in 1411) is the oldest in Scotland, and it was also, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a stage on which humanists and reformers acted out their parts in some of the great crises of European intellectual history. John Knox preached his first Protestant sermon here, and Andrew Melville, his successor as the dominant Scottish ecclesiastical figure of his era, was principal of St Mary’s College. In the centuries since the Reformation St Andrews has cultivated a tradition of excellence in Reformation studies. The foundation of the Reformation Studies Institute in 1993 reflected the university's commitment to enhancing St Andrews' established reputation in this field of scholarship. With its staff and research students, St Andrews now boasts one of the largest concentrations of scholars active in this field in any European university. The Institute has a distinctly international flavour, partly through our students, and partly through our partnership relationships with similar institutions in Germany, Switzerland and the United States. It sponsors a graduate seminar, conferences and visits from distinguished outside academics. The Institute also provides the editorial board for the St Andrews Studies in Reformation History, a monograph series published by Ashgate.

St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

With the publication of Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer’s “From Priest’s Whore to Pastor’s Wife: Clerical Marriage and the Process of Reform in the Early German Reformation” in March 2012 the Ashgate “St Andrews Studies in Reformation History” series published its 100th book. In October 2013 this book won the Gerald Strauss Prize of the Sixteenth Century Studies Association for the best history monograph of the Year.   For further details of this and other titles published see The series editors continue to encourage the submission of high quality projects for a series that in addition to monographs also published themed edited collections, sources editions and translations of major works of scholarship from other languages.  All PhD dissertations submitted in the Institute are automatically considered for inclusion in the series.

The Reformation Studies Institute has entered into a special partnership with Ashgate Publishing. Members and friends of the institute can now visit a dedicated page where they will receive substantial discounts on books of interest, not only from our own series, but also from the wider range of Ashgate books in the humanities. For this opportunity, please visit The discount code is H11EPN20.

Opportunities for postgraduate study within the Reformation Studies Institute

Information on our taught M Litt programme

Information on postgraduate funding


The Reformation Studies Institute is a member of Refo500