Scotland in the Middle Ages 1124 - 1371

Key facts

  • Cost: £150
  • Credits: 10


Scotland’s momentous journey to nationhood hit a critical moment in 1124 with the accession of David I, one of medieval Scotland's most influential rulers, who shaped such epic feudal, monastic and economic changes that his reign is sometimes called the "Davidian Revolution”. His reign and that of David II until 1371, encompass some of Scotland’s most fascinating history, such as the lives of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, the influence of the Church on society and politics, the territorial expansion of Scotland and dramatic Anglo-Scottish relations. 

Whether you are interested in Scottish history, the rise of nations, the spread of Christianity, life in the 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 taking place during this significant period 
  • 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 religious institutions and land ownership shaped society, during 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 

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