History and Archives and Information Studies

Our emphasis is on 'doing history' where students use primary sources from archives and libraries right from the start

2nd in Scotland for Teaching Quality and Student Experience

Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

3rd in Scotland for graduate prospects

The Complete University Guide 2020

We are an enthusiastic team of historians interested in the social, economic, cultural, and political history of the early and late modern periods. We have specialists in Scottish, British, Irish, American, European, African, Indian, and global history.

Part of the School of Humanities, we teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in our areas of specialism, including degrees in:

  • History combined with a range of other subjects, including modern languages
  • undergraduate & postgraduate Scottish History, on campus and by online learning
  • Archives, Records Management, and Family & Local History (through the Centre for Archive and Information Studies)

Our postgraduate research students are studying a wide range of topics: from the culture of death in 20th century Scotland, to British public opinion of Spain in the early 19th century.

Research uncovers historical anti-vaccination across Scotland

A PhD student from the University of Dundee has uncovered new evidence showing how vaccine hesitancy – often thought to be a modern phenomenon – can be traced back more than 150 years in Scotland

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Staff at Dundee University are gearing up for a pilot scheme that will see electric bikes used to get around campus.

Published on 10 June 2010

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Space for Practice was created to run as a fringe project alongside the 2016 Festival of Architecture, which was itself part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation and Design 2016. The project ran across three of Scotland’s architecture schools simultaneously.

Published on 15 July 2016


Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, received an honorary degree from the University of Dundee.

Published on 23 June 2017


Alan Alda received his honorary degree from the University of Dundee for his work promoting the importance of good communication in science.

Published on 26 June 2017

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School of Humanities
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN
Scotland, UK


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