Taught course

Intellectual History

University of St Andrews · School of History

Entry requirements

A good degree with Honours (2.1 normally required) from a UK university of equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Intellectual History is an interdisciplinary study which provides students with a broad knowledge of the latest intellectual-historical research, encompassing all branches of intellectual history including book history, the history of society and the history of science.

Course highlights

  • This truly interdisciplinary programme brings together experts from across the University with a common interest in researching and contextualising key ideas in their subject areas.
  • Students learn to treat past ideas as historical phenomena, as well as assess the meanings of these ideas as intended by their authors, and in contexts beyond those their authors may have foreseen.
  • The course covers the different kinds of intellectual history being practised today, and the relationship between intellectual history and philosophy, literature and literary studies, international relations, law, politics, economics and theology.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Intellectual History is an interdisciplinary taught postgraduate programme. The programme offers three compulsory modules exploring major historical, historiographical, and methodological aspects of intellectual history alongside an individually-tailored programme of directed reading.

The modules are taught through seminars and fortnightly tutorials, with class sizes ranging 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

A minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462907