School of Divinity

About the School

Theology has been taught in Edinburgh since the foundation of the University in 1583.

Location and community

The roof of New College
In the School of Divinity (New College) you are in a college setting, with our own site, library, dining/socialising hall, and a strong sense of community of students and staff. Yet you are also part of a large, world-class university, and in the heart of one of the most scenic and vibrant cities in Europe.

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.


Stained glass window
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

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Find contact details for staff in our College Office teams and across our schools.

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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