From medieval to modern, Scotland to the Middle East, studying history at St Andrews offers you a broad and varied portfolio of courses to specialise in.
Historians at St Andrews study the histories of religion, politics, law, commerce, science and the environment across all periods. Renowned research combined with teaching excellence offers a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of history.
The School of History offers PhD and MSt(Res) programmes. Research in history typically falls into one of three areas:
To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.
First in the UK for history
Guardian University Guide 2023
First in Scotland and fifth in the UK for history
Complete University Guide 2023
89% of research activity rated 3* or 4*
Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
School of History
The School of History is one of the largest arts and humanities Schools within the University that prides itself on small group teaching to secure the best for each student. School research spans from late antiquity through to late modernity with researchers exploring the ways that knowledge, people, goods and beliefs move through time and space.
School of Classics
The School of Classics provides wide-ranging teaching and research from archaic Greece to the late Roman Empire, all around the Mediterranean world and beyond. History students interested in ancient history or archaeology may take modules offered by this School.
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