School of Divinity

Teaching & research excellence

We have a long and distinguished record in research, teaching and postgraduate supervision.

Our  staff includes scholars with international reputations in various aspects of theology and religious studies.

The School of Divinity ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK* for Theology and Religious Studies in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) and was rated highly satisfactory in the most recent assessment of teaching quality.

Undergraduate study

Graduate School

Quality assurance

Teaching and research excellence is supported by a range of quality assurance and enhancement procedures.

University of Edinburgh Quality Framework

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) provides subject benchmark statements.

QAA subject benchmarks for Theology and Religious Studies [PDF]

Quality teaching is recognised by the Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) awards.

EUSA Teaching Awards


Researching has given me fresh perspectives to bring into class, and the students’ responses have fed back into my research. Sometimes it is their surprise or incredulity or puzzlement, and sometimes – I particularly love these moments – completely new insights into materials that I think that I already know well.

Dr Naomi Appleton in her blog, 11 April 2019