Taught course

Early Modern History

University of St Andrews · School of History

Entry requirements

A good degree with Honours (UK 2.1) or equivalent is required.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Early Modern History provides advanced study of the history of the early modern European and Atlantic worlds, including the Ottoman Empire. The programme introduces students to a range of approaches to early modern history and provides advanced training in skills requisite for study of the period.

Course highlights

  • Students receive advanced training in the history of the early modern European and Atlantic worlds with a high level of specialised supervision in most fields.
  • Modules offer a wide-ranging survey of major historical and historiographical controversies in the early modern period.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Early Modern History is a taught postgraduate programme run by the School of History. Over two semesters, students complete three compulsory and one optional module.

Teaching methods typically include fortnightly seminars, practical classes and tutorials. Class sizes range from individual supervision up to 12 students. The modules are assessed by coursework only; there is no final exam.

Students will spend the final three months of the course focusing on researching and writing the final assessment piece for the MLitt, a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

Information for international students

English Language requirements - IELTS 7.0 overall or equivalent. For more details please visit: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The School of History is pleased to be able to offer a number of competitive scholarships which contribute to the fees and maintenance for postgraduate study.

  • Language Bursaries: enables students to undertake intensive language courses abroad during the summer before their programme begins.
  • School of History MLitt Awards: offers the cash equivalent of one year's home fees and cannot be held in conjunction with other awards offering full fees and maintenance.

Please visit this webpage for more details: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 462907