Divinity

Divinity is one of the oldest intellectual pursuits and also one of the most relevant to the modern world. Degree programmes at St Andrews introduce you to the teachings and practices of the Christian faith in particular, and consider the profound influence that the Jewish and Christian scriptures have had on Western civilisation. They address both the significance of faith today and challenges to it.

Divinity students come from diverse backgrounds and with very different goals in mind. While some wish simply to explore questions of worldview and to consider the shape of religious belief and practice in our society, others wish to explore and expand their faith commitments.

The School of Divinity is one of the officially recognised and approved colleges for the training of Church of Scotland ministers, and welcomes applications from those considering ordination in any Christian church.

Courses

Undergraduate - 2020 entry 

Biblical Studies MA (Hons)
Divinity BD (Hons)
Hebrew MA (joint Hons)
New Testament MA (joint Hons)
Theological Studies MA (Hons)
Theology MTheol (Hons)
Gateway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)
FE-HE-Pathway to Arts Pathway to BSc (Hons)

Joint degree options

The Biblical Studies and Theological Studies MA (Hons) courses can be taken with another subject as part of a joint degree.

Students considering studying Divinity may also be interested in the Divinity-specific joint-only options including Hebrew and New Testament.

International Foundation programmes - 2020 entry

International Foundation programmes prepare international students for undergraduate study in the UK and at the University of St Andrews in particular.

Social Sciences and Humanities September Foundation
Social Sciences and Humanities January Foundation 

Postgraduate - 2020 entry

Taught

Analytic and Exegetical Theology MLitt
Bible and the Contemporary World MLitt
Bible and the Contemporary World - Distance Learning (January 2020 entry) PGDip/MLitt
Biblical Languages and Literature MLitt
Sacred Music  MLitt 
Systematic and Historical Theology MLitt
Theology and the Arts MLitt

PhDs

Please contact a supervisor in your research area to enquire about PhD opportunities.

Visit St Andrews

Undergraduates

If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at a visiting day or talk and tour to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.

Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 1 April 2020
  • Wednesday 8 April 2020
  • Wednesday 15 April 2020

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Postgraduates

Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 11 March 2020

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Research in Divinity

Divinity in St Andrews includes a variety of sub-disciplines – biblical, historical, theological, philosophical, ethical, literary, practical and contextual. The boundaries between these fields are increasingly porous, and St Andrews is highly distinctive for its work in bridging the biblical and theological disciplines.

Major areas of study currently include:

  • Hebrew Bible and Old Testament studies
  • early Jewish studies
  • New Testament studies
  • church history
  • systematic, historical and philosophical theology
  • analytic theology
  • history of biblical interpretation
  • practical theology
  • theology, imagination and the arts.
  • theological ethics.

Staff within the School of Divinity conduct research and lend their expertise to four research centres and institutes at the University of St Andrews in collaboration with other academic Schools and departments. 

Find out more about research in Divinity.

Careers for graduates in Divinity

A degree in Divinity provides the context not only for significant intellectual and personal development, but also for the acquisition of a wide range of transferable skills. Accordingly, employment prospects are usually wide ranging.

Recent graduates from the School of Divinity have found roles in the following positions:

  • graduate students in the UK and abroad
  • religious studies teacher
  • lay chaplain at schools
  • ordained minister
  • journalist with the national and religious press
  • trainee manager at a national bank
  • art gallery assistant
  • solicitor
  • theatre director
  • college principal 
  • business consultant 
  • social worker.

Find out more about careers in Divinity.

Ordinands

St Mary's College is one of the officially recognised and approved colleges for training Church of Scotland ministers. In the recent past, Divinity students at St Andrews have also included those preparing for ordination in the:

  • Church of England
  • Church of Ireland
  • Scottish Episcopal Church
  • Baptist Union of Great Britain
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • United Free Church of Scotland.

Study at St Mary's offers several special benefits for those considering ordination:

  • the presence of other students with similar vocations
  • a particularly rich mix of local churches
  • strong links with the main parish church in St Andrews where there are opportunities to get involved in worship leadership, youth work and pastoral care
  • a strong range of practical theology courses tailored to candidates for ministry, including modules on pastoral care, worship and preaching.

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available at all levels of study.

Undergraduates

St Mary's College provides a number of bursary awards annually, primarily based on academic merit. Bursaries are generally made to students in their second, third or fourth year of study. The number and value of bursaries may vary each year. 

The Duncan Trust provides grants for students who are training or intend to train for the Ministry of the Church of Scotland.

Undergraduate scholarships

Postgraduates

There is a range of funding opportunities available to postgraduate students.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

Find out more about funding at PhD level.

Funding for PhD students

Awards

REF 2014

‌The School of Divinity was ranked top in Scotland for research quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

University league tables

Theology and religious studies at St Andrews were ranked second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Contact

School of Divinity
University of St Andrews
St Mary's College
South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9JU

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2850
Email: divinity@st-andrews.ac.uk

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