The Graduate School is led by some of the UK's most respected and high-profile scholars of theology and religion, and has an international reputation as a research centre. We offer students the chance to engage with cutting-edge research in a wide range of areas, and we attract a diverse community of staff and students from around the world.
For all students the recommended route to a PhD in the School of Divinity is by full-time study based on residence within reach of Edinburgh. However, suitably qualified applicants - whose circumstances make regular attendance in Edinburgh impossible - may apply to study part-time for a PhD at a distance.
Why study with us?
Our size and breadth of specialisms
The School of Divinity is one of the largest centres for the study of Theology and Religion in the UK. We currently have around 450 students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and nearly 40 academic staff, including internationally respected scholars in a wide range of specialisms.
Our school is led by some of the UK's most respected and high-profile scholars of Theology and Religion, who produce world-leading research.
The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked as one of the world's top 50 universities. We are 18th in the 2018/2019 QS World University Ranking.
Our diverse, welcoming and vibrant community
We welcome students from around the world, from religious and non-religious backgrounds and we are proud of our strong sense of community and our consistently high student satisfaction ratings.
We take a personal interest in our students' academic and professional development and offer a welcoming and friendly setting. Our students also benefit from a lively programme of social and academic events.
We offer Masters by research and PhD programmes in the following research areas:
Ethics & Practical Theology
Explore theoretical and practical approaches in areas such as environmental ethics, peace-building, and pastoral theology
Hebrew & Old Testament Studies
Investigate the Hebrew Bible and its context: poetry and prophecy, theology and ethics and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
History of Christianity
Engage deeply with the Christian past - whether your interests lie in centuries long ago or the near present.
Islamic Studies & Christian –Muslim Relations
Pursue interdisciplinary study of Islamic thought and practice, and of encounters between Christianity and Islam.
New Testament and Christian Origins
Undertake research in exegesis, historical-critical issues, textual and literary criticism, the relation between Christianity and its religious and historical setting.
Specialise in contemporary, historical or thematic research, in areas such as Asian Studies, History of Religions/New Religions, and Jewish Studies.
Science & Religion
Bring together the two great truth-seeking disciplines and explore how they challenge and inform each other
Undertake a critical and creative engagement with Christian thought, in a context of intellectual diversity
Focus on Christianity in and from all parts of the majority world, and on African and Asian churches in the northern hemisphere.
Scholarships and funding
On average around 50% of Divinity postgraduate students are awarded some level of scholarship funding
• Scholarships are awarded on academic merit. Most are open to all, but some are ring-fenced for applicants from certain parts of the world.
• Awards are made for both Masters and PhD programmes.
• Typically, awards are for full or partial fee costs. Fully funded awards are exceptional and highly competitive.
Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.