Prospective postgraduates

Postgraduate community

Our postgraduate community is international, making the School the ideal environment for you to share ideas, collaborate on research, gain new perspectives and meet like-minded individuals.

We have a diverse and close-knit postgraduate community – you’ll always find someone to talk to about the topic you’re interested in. You’ll become part of a research community with opportunities to attend a broad range of seminar series and public lectures beyond your programme of study.


The School has a diverse range of regular seminar series and many standalone events and there are many other Edinburgh-based societies and groups who also run related events. The focal point of the Scottish history community is the weekly research seminar in Scottish History. There are also regular social events organised by the Scottish history section of the History subject area.

Scottish history students play an active role in the research life of the History subject area and the School of History, Classics and Archaeology through participating in reading groups, seminars and workshops and conferences, many of which involve Scottish history topics.

Postgraduate seminars you may be intersted in:


The History Society is a large and active group. It hosts internationally renowned lecturers, provides study advice and publishes the student-run award-winning journal Retrospect. Social events include film and quiz nights, themed pub crawls, trips to historical sites across Edinburgh and Scotland, a Winter Ball and even a football team, ‘You’re History FC’.

Outside the University, The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland holds regular lectures. Fellowship of the Society is open to anyone with an interest in history and archaeology; applications are considered in late November.

What our students think

We interviewed a recent student, Victoria about the programme and her time with us.