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 all, however participants will be required to matriculate as a student at the University of Edinburgh as part of the registration process for these courses. Guidance on this process will be provided. Find out more about studying for credit here.

Please note that from September 2017, bookings for non-credit courses will close 8 days before a course start date. Bookings for credit courses will close 15 days before a course start date.


Term 1 Courses (Starting September 2017)


Auld Enemies: Scotland and England in the Later Middle Ages (Credit) 
Machiavelli and Politics, Culture and Society in Renaissance Italy (Credit) 
Scotland: From the Making of the Kingdom to Renaissance Monarchy (Credit) 
Witchcraft and Belief in Scotland, 1563-1736 (Credit)
Victorian Edinburgh (Credit) 
COL at the National Museum of Scotland: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites
Scotland’s Long 19th Century, 1815-1914: Issues, Ideas, Identities 


African-American History: From Slavery to the White House (Credit) 
Wars and Revolutions: the Making of Britain and the British Empire 1660-1860 (Credit) 
Introducing Modern European History (Credit Plus) 
Scottish Handwriting 1: 1500-1700

Term 2 Courses (Starting January 2018)


Introducing Scottish Social History (Credit Plus)

Scotland: From Reformation to Revolution, 1560-1690 (Credit)

“The State as a Work of Art” in Northern Italy, c.1300 – c.1650 (Credit)
Victorian Scotland
Roman Britain: An Introduction
Scotland’s Railways: A History and Geography
Scotland and Slavery
The Scottish Wars of Independence, 1296-1357: The Survival of the Kingdom
The Life and Times of Mary Queen of Scots

From Peel to Palace: The History, Form and Function of Castles in Scotland

The Geomythography of Scotland


Women in American History: From Pocahontas to the Presidential Election (Credit)
The Wars of the Roses: Warfare, Politics and Society in Late Medieval England (Credit)
A History of Edinburgh from Earliest Times to 1914
Classics (Credit Plus)
Empires: from the Achaemenid (6th century BCE) to the British (Credit)
Scottish Handwriting 2: 1500-1700

Term 3 Courses (Starting April 2018)


Rome 'Caput Mundi': Curia, Cardinals and Courtesans from 1300 to 1590 (Credit)
George III
The Scots Abroad, 1750 - 1950: Emigration, Ambition and Empire

Scotland and Slavery:  A Visit to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish Clans


Edinburgh 1780-1833, Politics, Corruption and Reform


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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