Research course


University of St Andrews · School of History

Entry requirements

A good honours degree, normally a UK 2.1 or equivalent. A taught masters degree of similar standard is normally required for direct entry to the PhD, although each application is based on its own merits.

Months of entry


Course content

The research strengths of the School of History are internationally recognised and are sustained by publications on a wide range of subjects. Scholars from elsewhere in the UK, Europe and North America are frequent visitors, and a series of established research seminars provide opportunities for the discussion of new ideas, discoveries, and work in progress. The principal research degree offered is the Ph.D. - normally extending over four years and awarded after successful completion of a supervised research thesis of 80,000 words.

St Andrews has a longstanding reputation in particular for research in Medieval, Scottish and Reformation History and in recent years has also further developed existing strengths in the history of France, Germany and the Middle East.

In addition to these concentrations and with such a large pool of historians from which to draw, the School of History also has demonstrable expertise in areas ranging, for example, from seventh century Armenia to twentieth century British culture history and from language in Roman Britain to late Imperial Russian liberalism.

The School of History frequently acts as host to visiting academics who participate at our regular seminars and conferences or who come to St Andrews for longer periods of research. The School is also home to a large and international post-graduate community.

Department specialisms

American History and Politics; Central and East European Studies; Late Roman, Byzantine and Early Medieval Studies; Medieval History; Reformation Studies; Scottish History

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to sit an appropriate test and achieve IELTS overall 7.0 or equivalent

Fees and funding

UK students
Fees confirmed early 2017
International students

School scholarships may be available.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72-96 months
full time
36-48 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462907