Undergraduate study - 2023 entry
Open to the world

Subject area: Theology and Religious Studies

Why choose Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked in the world's top 20 universities for theology, divinity and religious studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

  • You will become part of a vibrant, tight-knit community of around 500 students and staff based in New College, one of Edinburgh's most iconic buildings.

  • You will have opportunities to study abroad during the summer and in Year 3.

Study abroad

I fell in love with the programme, which is progressive, inclusive and wide ranging. I think four-year programmes are brilliant, truly allowing for breadth and depth within a subject and an interdisciplinary curriculum.

Ellie Ashton 2nd year MA (Hons) Religious Studies
Ellie Ashton 2nd year MA (Hons) Religious Studies

Introducing Theology and Religious Studies

Theology is one of the oldest areas of academic study known to humanity, while religious studies has developed in the modern period. Both disciplines are intellectually stimulating and relevant in helping us understand the role of religions, ancient and modern, in the world around us.

Theology generally refers to the study of the Christian traditions from textual, historical and doctrinal perspectives. Religious studies:

  • refers to the comparative study of beliefs and practices in a variety of religious traditions and contexts
  • explores different theories of religion cross-culturally

What we cover

Taken together, our courses cover a wide range of religious traditions, including:

  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • African indigenous religions
  • new religions

You will also explore the rejection of religion by atheists and humanists.

Wider learning

Religion influences, and is influenced by, most human endeavours. We encourage you to explore:

  • the dynamics between theology and religious studies
  • other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences

On our programmes, you can choose to pursue your interests in a wide variety of subjects and you can combine breadth of knowledge with in-depth expertise.

You will acquire critical and analytical skills and a broad education in argument and interpretation that will develop you intellectually and make you attractive to employers.