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For posts about, or concerning, individuals who were research students in History (e.g. for PhD, MPhil, DPhil, etc)

PhDs in History: the first four women

The first PhD in History at St Andrews was awarded to T.F.G Dexter in 1922. Perhaps remarkably, it was only a few years later before two women followed suit: Edith MacQueen and Edith Thomson were awarded their PhDs in…

Edith Johnston, MA 1951 PhD 1956

As far as we know, Edith Mary Johnston (1930-2008) was the first female St. Andrews PhD student to go on to an academic career.  Born in Belfast, in 1930 to John Worthington-Johnston and Mary Isobel Giraud. She was…

Elizabeth Menzies, PhD 1954

Elizabeth Alexandra Menzies, MA 1949, PhD 1954 Elizabeth Menzies appears to have been the third woman to have been awarded a Ph.D. in History from St Andrews, receiving it in 1954 – a quarter of a century after the…

Edith Thomson, PhD 1928

Edith Elizabeth Bruce Thomson, MA St Andrews 1923; PhD St Andrews 1928  Edith Thomson was the second woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in History at St Andrews for a thesis entitled ‘Scotland under Lauderdale‘. She was…

Early women PhDs

The University of St Andrews has been awarding Ph.D. degrees for research theses since 1920. The names of the six women who are known to have been awarded Ph.D.s in History from 1920-70 [but see note below] are: 1927,…

Edith MacQueen, PhD 1927

Edith Edgar MacQueen (1900-1977) appears to have been the first woman historian to be awarded a Ph.D. in History by the University of St Andrews. She submitted her thesis in 1927, on the topic ‘The General Assembly of…