School of Divinity

New Testament & Christian Origins

Research early Christianity: its religious and historical setting, textual and literary criticism, the history of interpretation.

Research profile

You will work under the supervision of specialists whose recent publications have focused on the gospels; Paul; the apocalypse; the apocryphal gospels and early second-century texts and developments; textual criticism; New Testament ethics; Qumran; the historical, religious and literary environment of the New Testament; New Testament Christology. You can undertake research in exegesis, historical-critical issues, textual and literary criticism, the relation between Christianity and its religious and historical setting, the history of interpretation, and hermeneutical questions.

Training and support

The ethos of the Graduate School is to promote excellence in postgraduate study, within a stimulating and supportive environment. We value equality and diversity in the School community, and an academic culture that is both critical and constructive.

Choose your research programme

You can choose from three research programmes: two Masters programmes and the PhD.

Facilities

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.

Entry requirements

For entry to Masters by Research, MPhil, or PhD, you should have a first degree in a relevant subject, showing academic training in the area of your research project. The standard should be a strong UK 2:1 honours degree (65% or above) or international equivalent. Relevant qualifications and experience will also be considered.

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Scholarships and funding

In the School's 2015 intake, about 50% of new postgraduates held some type of scholarship.

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