The University of 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.

The Institute of Intellectual History is home to a number of research projects and hosts two major online resources, the Lectures in Intellectual History podcast and the Intellectual History Archive. The journals History of European Ideas and Global Intellectual History are edited here.

Members of faculty, and a continuous stream of visiting scholars, support undergraduate courses, a graduate programme (the MLitt in Intellectual History), PhD training, and an ever-widening series of lectures, seminars and other events, all of which are open to the public.

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