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 (from September 2019)


A Day of Scottish Heraldry

Auld Enemies: Scotland and England in the Later Middle Ages (Credit)

Scotland: From the Making of the Kingdom to Renaissance Monarchy (Credit)

The Geomythography of Scotland

The Republic of Venice: Myth and Reality c. 1400-1650 (Credit)

The Scots Abroad, 1750 - 1950: Emigration, Ambition and Empire

Witchcraft and Belief in Scotland, 1563-1736 (Credit)


A History of Edinburgh from Earliest Times to 1914

African-American History: From Slavery to the White House (Credit)

Introduction to Modern European History (Credit)

Scottish Handwriting 1: 1500-1700


Gunpowder, Treason and Plot: The Reign of James VI and I

Introduction to Scottish Genealogy

Scotland: Romance and Reality *NEW*

Term 2 Courses (from January 2020)


'Ye Jacobites by Name': The History and Songs of the Jacobite Risings

A History of the University of Edinburgh

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

Introduction to Classics (Credit)

Machiavelli and Politics, Culture and Society in Renaissance Italy (Credit)

Portraits of Scotland

Scotland and Slavery

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

Scots and Britons


Empires: from the Achaemenid (6th century BCE) to the British (Credit)

Immigration in Britain

Scottish Handwriting 1: 1500-1700

Wars and Revolutions: the Making of Britain and the British Empire 1660-1900

Women in American History: From Pocahontas to the Presidential Election (Credit)


King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and the Great Rebellion

Pilgrimage in Late Medieval Scotland

Term 3 Courses (from April 2020)


Introduction to Classics (Credit)
Georgian Scotland
Victorian Edinburgh

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

The Paston Letters: a window on Late Medieval England

Women in Early Modern Italy 1300-1700 (Credit)


A Land Fit for Heroes? Britain and the British Empire between the Two World Wars


Introduction to Using Scottish Documents
Introduction to Scottish Genealogy

The Company that Broke a Nation: Scotland and the Darien Scheme


Important Information

For enquiries about the content of the courses in this subject area, please contact the Course Organiser - Sally Crumplin -

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