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.

King James Library


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

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.  

“I enjoy the close community in the School, not just between students but also with staff who are really engaging and helpful. As my classes are quite small I have great access to ask questions and get advice, whether it be through an email or in person. Also, studying in the King James Library is a great reminder of how lucky I am to be able to study here.”

- Coleraine, Northern Ireland


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)