History & the St Andrews Evening Degree

Evening Degree Field Trip 2013[1]The Evening Degree programme has been offered by the University of St Andrews since September 2000 and takes mature students who may not have engaged with study recently, through a number of Arts, Science and Social Science modules to a General  Degree, allowing them to fulfil their academic and intellectual potential. History has been engaged fully with the Evening Degree since 2001 and currently offers four modules ranging from first to third level. For 2012-13 these include SC1901: Medieval Scotland, 1100-1513; MO2901: Europe in the Twentieth Century; SC3901: Castles and Lordship in Medieval Scotland and MO3910: The Reformation in Europe.  Third-level modules on offer in the next academic year will be SC3902: Heroes or Villains? The impact of personality in the study of Scottish History, and MO3908: The Tudors: Power and Piety in Sixteenth Century England.

Six students from the Evening Degree module SC3901: Castles and Lordship in Medieval Scotland, went on a field trip with their tutor, Dr Christine McGladdery, on Saturday 6 April 2013. We visited Blackness castle (where the students are pictured at the symbolic ‘prow’ of the castle’s battlements), Linlithgow Palace, Doune and Stirling castles.  We were fortunate to have a beautiful sunny day on which to visit the monuments and it was certainly a good physical workout!

Evening Degree Linlithgow-chivalric ordersThe focus of the field trip was to apply the knowledge and understanding of developments in castle design and function learned during the course of the full-year module in a practical visualisation of features, context and scale. The students particularly appreciated the visual impact of James V’s chivalric orders displayed on his re-modelled entrance to Linlithgow palace.


Further information on the Evening Degree Programme is available at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/admissions/ug/choosing/eveningdegree/