Explore the shape of religious belief and practice in our society. At St Andrews, studies focus primarily on Christian faith practices and consider the profound influence that the Jewish and Christian scriptures have had on Western civilisation. Courses address both the significance of faith today and challenges to it.
Divinity at St Andrews is open to those with different goals in mind: some may be looking to expand their worldview and scholarly knowledge, while others are looking to expand their own faith commitments or to be ordained.
The School of Divinity offers PhD, MPhil and MSt (Res) research programmes. Research in divinity typically falls into one of these themes:
- Biblical studies
- systematic and historical theology
- religion and politics
- theology, imagination and the arts
- analytic and exegetical theology.
Find out how to apply for a divinity postgraduate research programme by visiting the School of Divinity’s research degrees page.
First in Scotland and fifth in the UK for theology and religious studies
Complete University Guide 2023
74% of research activity rated 3* or 4*
Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
School of Divinity
The School of Divinity has been dedicated to the study of divinity since 1579. It is committed to the historical integrity of the classical disciplines of divinity, and to the technical, historical, and linguistic competencies that support them.
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