St Andrews boasts one of the largest concentrations of intellectual historians in the world. Research is conducted from ancient to modern times into every aspect of intellectual history and on a global scale.

Members of faculty, and a continuous stream of visiting scholars, support undergraduate courses, an MLitt programme, doctoral training and doctoral-level research, and an ever-widening series of lectures, master-classes and events, all of which are open to the public.

The Institute is a hub for everyone interested in intellectual history, for scholars pursuing research projects, for the teaching of intellectual history, for individuals and groups seeking access to the activities of intellectual historians internationally, and for the history of intellectual history itself through our archive of the papers of intellectual historians.

Within St Andrews we collaborate with the Institute of Mediaeval Studies; Centre for French History and Culture; Centre for the Study of Ancient Systems of Knowledge; Institute for Bible, Theology & Hermeneutics; Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature; Institute of Scottish Historical Research; Reformation Studies Institute; St Andrews Centre for Transnational History; Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence; and Institute of Iranian Studies.

Beyond St Andrews we are involved in joint projects with the Universities of Lausanne, Turin, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Sussex, Queen Mary, University of London, Abersytwyth, and The London Library.

The Institute is home to a number of major projects, hosts online resources, and enjoys a lively programme of graduate-led events. The journal ‘History of European Ideas’ is edited here.

The Institute administers the István Hont Prize for the best book published in intellectual history in any given year.


Lectures in Intellectual History