School of Divinity

The application process

What to expect

See our 'information for applicants' page for advice on:

  • scholarships and student funding
  • how to apply
  • entry requirements

Information for applicants

Contact a potential supervisor

We strongly encourage you to contact a potential supervisor before submitting a formal application, to discuss your research interests.  It is best to make initial contact with a potential supervisor by email, using the contact details on the Research Study Area pages.  Academics in the School are pleased to talk with potential students by Skype, and can comment on a draft research proposal before you submit your application.

Research proposal and writing sample

You will need to upload a research proposal (around 1-2k words) with your application.  For guidance, see How to write your research proposal.

You will also need to submit a sample of academic written work (around 3-5k words).

The selection process

Your application will be considered by a panel of faculty in the relevant Research Study Area.  Then a recommendation is made to the School's Postgraduate Director.

Four main considerations come into play:

  • Does the applicant appear to have the academic preparation and aptitude to pursue advanced studies in the field with the strong likelihood of successful completion?
  • Are the research facilities in Edinburgh suitable for the proposed research topic?
  • Is there qualified supervision for the applicant's proposed research topic among academic staff in the School of Divinity?
  • In the case of a PhD applicant, does the proposed research seem likely to lead to a publishable contribution to the field?

If the selectors have any queries we will contact you during the selection process. 

If you have questions about the progress of your application, get in touch.  We aim to process applications quickly.

Scholarships and funding

You must have submitted an application to the School before you can apply for any scholarships.