School of Divinity

Religious Studies/Study of Religions

Specialise in contemporary, historical or thematic research, in areas such as Asian Studies, History of Religions/New Religions, and Jewish Studies.

Asian Religions

Applications are welcome from students with a strong academic background in Religious Studies, Asian Studies, or another relevant Humanities or Social Science discipline. Depending on the research project that is envisaged, you may need to demonstrate linguistic qualifications appropriate for your chosen field of study.

History of Religions/New Religions

Applications are welcome from students in the Study of Religion/s, History of Religions, or in Sociology or Cultural History with demonstrable ‘religion’ content, who wish to conduct research within the following areas: new and alternative religion/s, theories of religion, the history of the modern study of religion/s.

Jewish Studies

Applications are welcome from students with a strong academic background in Jewish Studies or another relevant Humanities discipline.

Research profile

Religious Studies or the Study of Religion/s is a vibrant research cluster, based in theoretically informed and comparative studies of religion.

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 had some type of scholarship.

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