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Introduction to Medieval Scotland (Online)

An intensive online course introducing the history of Medieval Scotland.


Subject area


History, Classics and Archaeology






Credit level


SCQF level 8


Credits available


20 credits/10 ECTS/4 US




06 July - 31 July 2020




4 weeks


Study Hours




Course pre-requisites


1 year undergradute study and aged 18 or above


Language requirements


Evidence of language ability equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or above






Application deadline


21 June 2020





An intensive course introducing the history of Medieval Scotland while developing historical skills. Using a range of primary sources - physical objects and documents in translation - the course aims to expand writing and presentation skills and to develop students' source handling and understanding. The course will draw extensively on the rich cultural heritage of the area, with privileged online access to Edinburgh's museums, galleries and archives and remains of medieval churches.


This course covers the history of Scotland from the eleventh century to the early sixteenth. Students will explore the relative dynastic stability during reigns of Malcolm III and his descendants to Alexander III, they will look at the Great Cause and the Wars of Independence, followed by Bruce kingship and then the Stewart dynasty, ending with the reign of James IV. After considering politics and kingship in this chronological framework, the course will take a thematic approach, looking at the religious, military, cultural and economic history of the period, and placing Scotland in the wider context of medieval Europe. The course will encourage students to consider medieval Scotland through broader questions about identity, ruler ship, gender, belief and international relations.

For more detailed information on course content please see the Introduction to Medieval Scotland Syllabus.


Before applying for Introduction to Medieval Scotland, please ensure you meet the following criteria:


Academic Requirements
  • You have completed one year of undergraduate study prior to applying for this course.


Language Requirements
  • Non-native English speakers must be able to demonstrate an English level of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component).


Age Requirements
  • Applicants must be age 18 or over. 


Credit Courses

These courses are certified by the University of Edinburgh and are worth up to 20 credits depending on the course length.

Credits awarded by the University of Edinburgh are part of the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF). 20 SCQF credits are the equivalent to 10 ECTS credits or 4 credits for U.S. students.

Credits are offered at two levels:

  •  Level 8 - for those in the first year of university or above
  •  Level 10 - require two years of university study, and may have other entry requirements depending on the course

The fee for this course is £3,156. 

This fee includes:

  • Tuition fees for the four-week course
  • Course materials
  • Online social programme 


As part of your application process, you will be required to pay a £500 deposit. The deposit payment will be redeemable against your course fee. After a 14 day cooling off period, the deposit is non-refundable. You will receive information on how to pay your deposit during your application process.




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