The School of Divinity has had its home in St Mary’s College since the 16th century. It has many fine historic rooms and buildings.
St Mary's Quad
St Mary's Quad houses the School's offices, teaching rooms, common rooms and library.
Most of the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Divinity is conducted in the College’s three lecture rooms and three seminar rooms. Research seminars are held in St Mary’s College Hall, a wood-panelled hall housing some of the University’s 18th-century furniture.
The King James Library (see more below) houses an excellent collection of theological and biblical studies texts, complementing the extensive holdings in the main University Library. It was originally bequeathed by King James VI and I in 1612 and continues to be the main reading room for Divinity students. You can read more about its history below.
Much of St Mary’s College’s social life revolves around its three common rooms:
- The Junior Common Room is situated on the ground floor, at the heart of St Mary’s College, and is a dedicated space where undergraduates can meet, relax, make refreshments and share news.
- The Bunk Room is a small, quiet room at the top of the tower, which is available for small meetings and personal reflection. It retains some of its fittings from the 18th century when it was used as part of the College’s residential accommodation - hence its nickname.
- The Senior Common Room is a light, spacious drawing room, and is used for receptions, evening seminars, and public meetings.
The Roundel is the dedicated study centre for research postgraduate students in Divinity. A historic, A-listed 16th-century building close to St Mary’s Quadrangle, it has shared offices for up to 50 postgraduates, a common room, a kitchen, and a walled garden.
You can find contact details and directions to the School on the contact page.