School of Divinity

About our research

The School of Divinity was ranked 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK* for Theology and Religious Studies in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

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. See popular downloads.

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.

School of Divinity Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) results

University of Edinburgh Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) results

Research groups

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

Each research group organises a regular programme of seminars.

Research centres

Research networks

Research journals