At the University of Edinburgh, honours degrees are designed to include four years of study to give you a broader and more flexible education. These allow you to try a range of subjects before specialising. Even if you know exactly what you want to do; you can study additional subjects and add depth to your education.
You can choose to study a wide range of subjects within Theology and Religious Studies and also pursue your interests in other subjects, giving you a broad education to equip you for a variety of career aspirations.
At the School of Divinity, the study of Religious Studies proceeds from a non-confessional perspective, based on the principle that religions influence most human endeavours for good or ill. Students develop an understanding of the main phenomena of religion, such as belief systems, rituals, mythology, iconography and ethics through a variety of methodologies.
The MA Theology offers study of the Christian religious tradition, with opportunity to concentrate in specific subject areas, including Biblical Studies, Theology and Ethics, the history of Christianity in a global context, and Religious Studies.
The subject areas of Philosophy and Theology overlap in many significant ways, both with regard to philosophers who have asked questions of the nature of existence and agency, and to theologians who have written Theology with a firm eye on the development of the various philosophical traditions.
Divinity and Classics overlap in many significant and substantial ways, both with regard to the historical period covered, and to the Greek and Latin heritage of Christianity in Europe and North Africa.
These are programmes focused on Christian Theology, and they entail the study of Christian scriptures, historical development, doctrines and practices. They offer a rigorous formation for students preparing for ordained ministry and are used by the Church of Scotland and other denominations for ministry training.