School of Divinity

Why study at our school?

Meet our Head of School and Programme Directors and find out what our students think.

Divinity students Jasmine, Ellie, Esther and Alex chatting at a table in Rainy Hall

The University will be open and ready to teach at the start of the new academic year. You can find out more about our response to the coronaviris Covid-19 on our dedicated web pages for applicants:

Covid-19: information for prospective students

About our School

Our friendly community of 430 undergraduate and postgraduate students and nearly 40 full-time academic staff includes internationally respected scholars in a wide range of specialisms. 

The School of Divinity is based at New College, an impressive neo-gothic building in the heart of the Edinburgh’s Old Town. It commands spectacular views over the city centre towards the sea, and is a distinctive feature on the Edinburgh skyline, close to Edinburgh Castle.

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Our warm and inclusive college community offers a vibrant programme of social and academic events to help you settle in quickly. We welcome students from around the world, from religious and non-religious backgrounds, and we take pride in our status as a renowned research centre in a broad spectrum of subject areas.

It's a special place to study for your MA Religious Studies, MA Theology, BD/MDiv Divinity or a joint degree: MA Religious Studies and English/Scottish Literature, MA Philosophy and Theology, or MA Divinity and Classics.

See these degree programmes in more detail

Meet some of your lecturers

Please accept our cookies to see the following short films introducing our Head of School Professor Helen Bond and Programme Directors Dr David Grumett, Dr Sandy Forsyth and Dr Arko Longkumer.


Professor Helen Bond

Speaking from home, Head of School Professor Helen Bond explains to offer holders (and others!) why this is a great time to choose Theology and Religious Studies.



Dr David Grumett

Recorded before the lockdown, Theology Programme Director Dr David Grumett introduces some of the undergraduate programmes here at the School of Divinity: MA Theology, MA Divinity and Classics, MA Philosophy and Theology.



Dr Sandy Forsyth

Recorded before the lockdown, Divinity Programme Director Dr Sandy Forsyth discusses our BD and MDiv programmes in Divinity and MA Divinity and Classics.



Dr Arkotong Longkumer

Speaking from home, Religious Studies programme director Dr Arkotong Longkumer discusses our MA Religious Studies programme, also mentioning the joint MA Religious Studies & English/Scottish Literature.

Taster lectures

Check out these short films and audio recordings, made at home for you by some of your future lecturers. Playlist: The Prodigal Son by Dr Alison Jack, Christian theology and food by Dr David Grumett, Buddhist Approaches to the Problem of Evil by Dr Naomi Appleton, Science and Religion at New College by Rev Dr Michael Fuller, Judaism: food by Dr Hannah Holtschneider, and Poetry & Religion by Dr Linden Bicket.

Taster Lectures

What do our students say about us?

Students Marc Livingstone, Kirsty Forsyth and Euan Nicoll give you an inside view.

Marc Livingstone

Kirsty Forsyth

Euan Nicoll

What do others think?