Short Courses

Let's Explore...Scotland

Take another look at Scotland with our short courses from a variety of different viewpoints.

Scotland has a rich and complex history. Beautiful and historic castles are one of the first things that come to mind when thinking of what Scotland is best known for but, there's so much more to it than that!

Did you know for instance, that golf was invented here and that there are over 900 islands in Scotland according to the Scottish Government?

Take another look at the Scotland you think you know through the lens of Art History, Social History and Archaeology with artefacts and original historical documents...and the help of our talented University of Edinburgh Short Course Tutors.

Short Courses

A History of Scottish Art

The development of art in Scotland within a broad socio-historical context: Early Christian, the Reformation, the Union, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and the Modern world are all discussed within Scotland’s national and international dimensions.


Introduction to Scottish Social History

An introduction to the social history of Scotland from 1830 to the present. This course explores the structures and institutions that have influenced the lives of ordinary people over the past two centuries, such as family, work, housing, health and leisure.


Scottish Handwriting 2

This course aims to enhance your research skills by intruducing you to the transcription of documents from the period of 1500-1700. The course will focus on how to read old handwriting of the period and develop archival research methods. Please note, this course is held at the National Records of Scotland, General Register House, Princes Street.


Scotland and Slavery

A wide-ranging consideration of Scotland’s involvement with slavery in the Caribbean during the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics include the slave regime, Scottish abolitionism and the legacies of slavery.


Celts, Picts and Vikings

Who were the Celts, the Picts, and the Vikings? How did they live and how did they interact with each other? This course will answer these and other questions, using the archaeological evidence to examine the impact of Celts, Picts and Vikings on Scotland. 


Geology of Scotland's Hills

Scotland is renowned for its beautiful and varied mountain scenery. Look beneath the surface to discover a long and complex geological history that has produced a wide range of rock types in different locations. From the Northwest Highlands to the Southern Uplands, we’ll explore Scotland’s hills and discover the geological stories that make them unique.


Geology of Scotland's Coast

Scotland has an amazing coastline of cliffs and beaches, firths and sea lochs, headlands and islands. This coastline reflects Scotland’s geological history, which has resulted in a varied range of rock types formed at different times. We’ll explore the coast from Shetland to southwest Scotland, including several case studies from all parts of the country.

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