University of Stirling History Department

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University of Stirling History Department

History is the study of the past, of people through time, of their institutions and how they have changed. It is concerned with how different social, political, and economic systems emerge, develop, and change over time, as well as the ideas, theories, and cultural values which have promoted or discouraged change. The study of history broadens the mind, stimulates the critical faculties, and encourages the development of a range of transferable skills, including the ability to articulate arguments, and to work effectively individually or as part of a team.

Researching for essays, seminar papers and dissertations, as well as preparing for examinations, develops analytical, investigational and organisational skills, all of which are invaluable in the modern workplace. Our historians committed to excellence in learning and teaching and we have a superb record of organising and attending international Conferences.

We are proud of our record in providing high quality historical education and constantly strive to improve our students’ experience and enhance their employability. At a postgraduate level this includes the teaching of Latin and Palaeography or any other research skills that a student may need to acquire. We were delighted to learn that the National Student Survey of 2015 recorded the level of overall student satisfaction with our History programme at 92%, and the level of satisfaction with the teaching of the course at 93%, the joint highest among the disciplines at Stirling.

Information for applicants

Learning and teaching

Key factors which result in a high quality student experience at Stirling are:

Our degrees

  • All of our degrees develop transferable skills to prepare students for their future careers. We are committed to working with our students to maximise their employability.

Our staff:

  • are highly experienced University teachers, with a wide range of specialisms
  • write leading history textbooks and academic journal papers that are used in student learning and teaching
  • are committed to high-quality and internationally recognised research to develop their specialist areas and to add value to the student experience
  • Regularly engage with the broader public in a range of activities, ranging from talks in local primary and secondary schools and curating exhibitions, to advising government agencies and writing for the national press.

Teaching and support

  • Teaching methods are wide-ranging. We use lectures, seminars, tutorials, and workshops, and class sizes are restricted to maximise the teaching and learning experience.
  • Students are encouraged to develop their skills in a friendly and supportive learning environment. Each member of staff runs drop in sessions for students every week, and History has a system of advisers of study and mentoring.
  • We are committed to providing feedback on students’ work to improve their performance and encourage reflective learning. 


  • Teaching takes place in state-of-the-art lecture theatres and teaching spaces, which are equipped with the most up-to-date technology.
  • Course materials are available through our intranet, so that students have remote access at all times.
  • In addition to our modern, well-equipped library, learning is supported by an extensive e-history library with remote online access to many thousands of academic journals.
  • Students have access to pcs throughout the Stirling campus for online access and online resources can be accessed off-campus through the University Portal.
  • History works closely with both the Stirling Students History Society and the Staff-Student Consultative Committee, to improve the quality of the student experience.