Scottish History

Scottish History

Scottish History at Glasgow is one of the most wide-ranging, coherent and well-resourced teams in the country, offering world-leading expertise in the social, political and cultural history of Scotland from the medieval period through to the twentieth-century, with a particular geographical emphasis on Gaelic Scotland, Scotland’s place in the British Isles and Europe, and on urban Scotland. Teaching and research in Scottish History are firmly embedded in a wider institutional context, allowing for exciting synergies with Celtic and Gaelic, Archaeology and Scottish Literature, all of which contribute to the work of the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies.

M.Litt programmes include

  • M.Litt in Scottish History
  • M.Litt in Scottish and Celtic studies (incorporates the successful masters in Medieval Scottish Studies)

Key teaching staff

  • Dr Iain Banks, historical archaeology of Scotland, particularly of Scottish battlefields.
  • Dr Karin Bowie, Early Modern Scotland, who is interested in popular politics and the public sphere in Scotland during the Long Reformation and around the Union with England.
  • Professor Dauvit Broun, Medieval Scotland, working on issues of identity, law, politics and spirituality with a particular emphasis on the charter and chronicle evidence.
  • Dr Catriona MacDonald, Modern Scotland in its social and political aspects, looking in particular at Scottish unionism, Scottish literature in historical context, and student politics.
  • Dr Martin MacGregor, Scotland in the late Middle Ages, particularly Gaelic Scotland and its record evidence.
  • Dr Irene Maver, Modern Scotland, with a particular interest in Scotland’s urban history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially Glasgow and Edinburgh, and in the history of associations.
  • Dr Steven Reid, Early Modern Scotland, who works on the exchange of influences between Scotland and Europe in the Renaissance and Reformation eras

M.Litt in Scottish History

Students write a dissertation, supervised by a Scottish specialist, and take six courses. These provide research training, including palaeography, Latin and other languages, and address historical themes.

M.Litt in Scottish and Celtic studies

The M.Litt in Scottish & Celtic Cultural Studies builds upon our internationally acknowledged strengths across a number of disciplines, including archaeology, Celtic and Gaelic language, Scottish history and Scottish literature. The M.Litt in Scottish and Celtic Studies incorporates the successful masters in Medieval Scottish Studies.

Students write a dissertation, supervised by a Scottish specialist, and take six courses. These provide research training, including palaeography, Latin and other languages, and address historical themes.