School of Divinity

About us

The School is ranked in the world’s top 20 universities for theology, divinity and religious studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018). The School was also ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK for theology and religious studies in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Location and community

The roof of New College
In the School of Divinity, you are a member of two communities: New College, historic home to internationally respected scholars of religion - and Edinburgh, a world-class university in one of Europe's most scenic, vibrant cities.

Multimedia & Social Media

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Web and social media resources affiliated with the School of Divinity.

Teaching & research excellence

Student discussion group in Rainy Hall
We have a long and distinguished record in research, teaching and postgraduate supervision.


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Several processes support our goal of excellence in teaching, learning and research.


The John Knox statue in New College
Theology has been taught at the University of Edinburgh since its foundation in 1583. New College was established in 1843, and became part of the University of Edinburgh - merging with the Faculty of Divinity - in 1935.

Office bearers

Professor Helen Bond in the quadrangle of New College
Contact details for key staff in our School.

Visiting Fellowships

Two ladies talking in New College
Each year the School of Divinity awards several Visiting Fellowships.

New College Library

Students studying in New College library
Founded in 1843 as the Library of the Free Church College, and now serving the School of Divinity, the New College Library is one of the largest theology libraries in the UK.

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