2022 entry

MDiv Divinity - Graduate Entry

UCAS code: V630

Duration: 3 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Divinity

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Introducing MDiv Divinity - Graduate Entry

You must already hold a degree to study this graduate programme. It typically prepares candidates for professional ministry. However, it may also be studied by graduate students interested in Christian theology, who are planning to pursue careers in a variety of contexts.

Year 1

You will choose courses from a range offered in the subject areas of:

  • biblical studies
  • the history of Christianity
  • theology and ethics

If you are training for ordained ministry in the Church of Scotland, Scottish Episcopal Church or other denominations you may need to take certain courses as part of your training.

Year 2

As Year 1, with the addition of some advanced courses.

Year 3

You will choose further advanced courses from your area(s) of interest. You will also write a dissertation on a subject of your choice, with the one-to-one supervision of an academic in the School.

If you are training for ordained ministry in the Church of Scotland, Scottish Episcopal Church or other denominations you may need to take certain courses as part of your training.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2021/22)

Our facilities

Your teaching will mostly be at New College in the centre of Edinburgh. This city landmark has its own historic library, study space, hall and garden.

Many other study and student support facilities are only a short walk away in George Square. These include the University Main Library.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a mix of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • digital learning

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways. These include:

  • examinations
  • coursework
  • participation in seminars
  • presentation of your work
  • an honours dissertation

Our graduates pursue a wide range of careers in a variety of settings, including:

  • the ministry
  • chaplaincy
  • the creative arts
  • teaching
  • counselling
  • the voluntary sector
  • management and administration
  • finance
  • the armed forces
  • government

Many of our students go on to study for postgraduate qualifications, including masters and doctorates.

This graduate entry degree is for students who already hold a degree.

For more information about entry requirements, please contact the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences contacts

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.


For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components.

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

This information is part of a government initiative to enhance the material that higher education institutions provide about their degree programmes.

It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

Please note that some programmes do not have Discover Uni data available.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MDiv Divinity - Graduate Entry

Additional costs



For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

More information

How to apply

School: Divinity

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences