School of Divinity


The School of Divinity, one of the largest centres for the study of religion in the United Kingdom, is located in the historic setting of New College, close to Edinburgh Castle and overlooking Princes Street.

Resources for research are excellent.  You can draw on the outstanding holdings of New College Library, the University of Edinburgh’s main library, and the nearby National Library of Scotland.  New College Library has one of the largest theology collections in the UK, with more than a quarter of a million items and a large and rich manuscript collection.  The University library exceeds 2.25 million volumes.  The National Library of Scotland – a ‘legal deposit’ library like the British Library in London and the university libraries of Oxford and Cambridge – is just around the corner.

The School provides an extensive programme of weekly research seminars and special guest lectures.  In addition, three research centres provide a special focus for activity: the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins; the Centre for Theology and Public Issues; the Centre for World Christianity.  Find out more at

You will have access to excellent study facilities, dedicated to postgraduates.  PhD and MPhil students have access 24/7, and can request an allocated desk.  Masters by Research students have shared study space.  All areas have printing/scanning and computer facilities.  The main postgraduate study wing has a kitchen.  New College has an onsite café, open in term-time.