Scotland: the making of the kingdom c.500-1124'

Key facts

  • Cost: £160
  • Credits: 10


Scotland’s momentous journey to nationhood, which united four groups with their own distinct culture, political systems and religious beliefs, culminated around the year 900, when Picts, Britons, Scots and Angles allied under one banner. Out of this mysterious history, on the cusp between legend and fact, the Scots became the dominant group, bestowing their name to the new nation. Many other forces were instrumental in the birth of this early nation, such as the spread of Christianity, shifting border lands, changes in land tenure, and the influence of monarchs, including David I, who became king in 1124. This important history set down the foundations of what Scotland would become, and yet much of it remains uncertain and is still being uncovered. 

Whether you are interested in Scottish history, the rise of nations, the spread of Christianity, life in the early Medieval period, or the development of a Scottish identity, take this course to see the bigger picture of dramatic events during the 600 years that shaped a nation. 

Over a series of talks our expert tutor will explain: 

  • key political, religious, social, cultural and territorial events in this significant period 
  • the similarities and differences among the four groups that became the people of Scotland 
  • key evidence from these events and later historical perspectives and debates 

You will also have the chance to discuss and reflect on what you learn with other students and the tutor in seminars 

Choose this course if you want to learn: 

  • More about the differences of culture and society among the four groups that made Scotland, and how these shaped the new nation 
  • how Scotland’s land ownership shaped society, in the days before the feudal system 

Who is this course for?

Anyone new to studying history and interested in: 

  • The early days of the Scottish nation 
  • Changing ideas of Scottish culture, peoples and identity 


10 credits at SCQF 7 / Level 1.  

These credits can contribute towards the attainment of Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education 


2,000 word essay (100% of final grade) 

Mode of study

This 10-week course will be delivered online via two-hour seminars led by a tutor over Zoom. Course materials will be provided via our online learning platform Moodle 


  • Can begin your study of history at university level  
  • contribute towards a Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days