Undergraduate study - 2025 entry
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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 10 universities for theology, divinity and religious studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024.

  • 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

My programme has given me the opportunity to truly immerse myself in several diverse areas of study. The school itself has such a sense of community and inclusivity. I could not imagine a warmer or more welcoming place in which to spend my undergraduate years.

Rosie Elvidge 4th year MA (Hons) Religious Studies
Rosie Elvidge 4th 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 can choose to learn several languages that are key for studying these religious traditions, including:

  • Hebrew
  • Greek
  • Sanskrit
  • Syriac

You can 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
  • a broad education in argument and interpretation that will develop you intellectually
  • empathy and understanding for a broad range of religious beliefs and ideologies

These skills are important in the modern workplace and attractive to employers.