Short Courses


Taking in the major periods and events in World and Scottish history, our History courses offer a chance to examine the past through a variety of approaches.

Courses marked as (credit) are open to everyone. As a credit student, you will matriculate as a student at the University of Edinburgh as part of the registration process for these courses. For more information, please visit the Studying for Credit pages.

Studying for Credit


Booking Deadline

Courses will close for booking 8 days before the course start date. Book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment!

Term 1 Courses (Starting September 2018)


Introduction to Classics (Credit)
Scotland’s Long 19th Century, 1815-1914: Issues, Ideas, Identities 
Scotland: From the Making of the Kingdom to Renaissance Monarchy (Credit) 
The Florentine Renaissance:  A Chronological Assessment (Credit)
Witchcraft and Belief in Scotland, 1563-1736 (Credit)
A History of Edinburgh from Earliest Times to 1914
Victorian Edinburgh
Introduction to Scottish Folklore
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot: The Reign of James VI and I (One Day Course - Saturday 10 November 2018)
Introduction to Scottish Genealogy (One Day Course - Saturday 17 November 2018)


African-American History: From Slavery to the White House (Credit) 
The Wars of the Roses: Warfare, Politics and Society in Late Medieval England (Credit)
Introduction to Modern European History (Credit)
Scottish Handwriting 1: 1500-1700

Term 2 Courses (Starting January 2019)


Introduction to Scottish Social History (Credit)
The Life and Times of Mary Queen of Scots
From Peel to Palace: The History, Form and Function of Castles in Scotland
Rome 'Caput Mundi': Curia, Cardinals and Courtesans from 1300 to 1590 (Credit)
Scotland: From Reformation to Revolution, 1560-1690 (Credit)
Auld Enemies: Scotland and England in the Later Middle Ages (Credit) 
From Alexander to Cleopatra
Georgian Scotland
Victorian Scotland
The Geomythography of Scotland
'Ye Jacobites by Name': The History and Songs of the Jacobite Risings (February Start Date)
Scotland and Slavery (February Start Date)
A Day of Scottish Heraldry (One Day Course - Saturday 2 February 2019)
The Company that Broke a Nation: Scotland and the Darien Scheme (One Day Course - Saturday 23 February 2019)
Introduction to Scottish Genealogy (One Day Course - Saturday 9 March 2019)


Women in American History: From Pocahontas to the Presidential Election (Credit)
Empires: from the Achaemenid (6th century BCE) to the British (Credit)
Scottish Handwriting 2: 1500-1700
The Stuarts: The Rise and Fall of a Dynasty (Credit)

Term 3 Courses (Starting April 2019)


“The State as a Work of Art” in Northern Italy, c.1300 – c.1650 (Credit)
A History of the University of Edinburgh
Scottish Windows, Eastern Skies: The Scots and Asia, 1750 -1950
The Paston Letters: A Window on Late Medieval England (May Start Date)
Scotland and Slavery:  A Visit to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery  (One Day Course - Wednesday 8 May 2019)
Introduction to Using Scottish Documents (One Day Course - Saturday 4 May 2019)
Britain’s Forgotten Revolution: The Glorious Revolution of 1688 (One Day Course - Saturday 11 May 2019)
Pilgrimage in Late Medieval Scotland (One Day Course - Saturday 25 May 2019)


Introduction to Classics (Credit)
Wars and Revolutions: the Making of Britain and the British Empire 1660-1900


For all general enquiries relating to the course, such as places available or location, please contact COL by phoning +44(0)131 650 4400 or emailing

Our Course Organisers can help you with enquiries about the academic content of courses.

Sally Crumplin

  • Programmes: Art History, History

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