School of Divinity

Teaching & research excellence

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

Student discussion group in Rainy Hall

Our current staff includes scholars with international reputations in various subjects in theology and religious studies.

The School of Divinity is delighted to report that it ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK* for Theology and Religious Studies in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) based on the quality and volume of our research.

And in the most recent assessment of teaching quality the School was rated highly satisfactory.

Incoming postgraduate research students are offered a training course in research methods, and are given conscientious supervision from their first weeks through to submission of the thesis. There are also special orientation events for foreign students.

Degree programmes

The undergraduate programmes include the BA/MA in Religious Studies, the BD/BD Honours, and the BA/MA Theology.

We offer taught masters degree programmes in several subjects, and research degree programmes at both masters (MSc by Research, MPhil) and doctoral (PhD) levels.

The School offers courses in four subject areas:

  • Biblical Studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Religious Studies
  • Theology and Ethics


E-learning is part of the innovative approach to teaching at New College.


Research facilities

The library holdings available to research students are considerable.

The New College Library is reputed to be the largest separate theological collection in Britain.

Total holdings in the various University libraries exceed 2.25 million volumes.

In addition, the National Library of Scotland (a national deposit library) holds more than five million volumes.