School of Divinity


The School of Divinity was ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK* for Theology and Religious Studies in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

The School has three strategic priorities in research: to promote individual research excellence, to facilitate collaborative and interdisciplinary research, and to support outward engagement.

All of our academic staff are associated with one of the School’s interdisciplinary research groups. Many are involved in our research centres. They may also be involved in a range of collaborative projects with colleagues in this university or throughout the world.

Published research is listed in Edinburgh Research Explorer. 

Our respected Graduate School and the presence of visiting academics from around the world, with access to our magnificent library and archive collections, ensure a diverse and stimulating research environment.

We hold a variety of public lectures - including the prestigious Gunning Lectures and Cunningham Lectures - and are closely involved with the annual Gifford Lectures.

Research groups

  • Biblical Studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Religious Studies
  • Science and Religion
  • Theology and Ethics
  • World Christianity

Each research group organises a regular programme of seminars.

Research centres and networks

Research Centres
Our research centres and networks are founded on a 500-year tradition of creative thought.

Archival collections and resources

Research resources
The School of Divinity holds a rich archival collection and has access to many useful research resources. Here are just a few examples.

Impact and engagement

We have a direct, positive impact on society as a result of our research, knowledge exchange, public engagement activities and schools outreach.

Research projects

Long shot of New College and Bank Street taken across the trees from Waverley Mall area
Research projects at the School of Divinity are centres of excellence for their subjects.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Chuck Williams in the Blackie Mackinnon Postgraduate Study Room
When and how to apply for Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Lost in Translation

Lost in translation: women and scripture research graphic
As part of the New College 175th anniversary events, the School held a panel event – Lost in Translation - that looked at the ways that women are typically ‘lost’ or marginalised by Scriptural translations (both of the Bible and the Quran).

Research Ethics and Integrity

Ethics in research administration
All research undertaken by Divinity students and staff must satisfy key ethical principles.