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 while addressing 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.



Biblical Studies MA (Hons)
Divinity BD (Hons)
Hebrew MA (joint Hons)
New Testament MA (joint Hons)
Theological Studies MA (Hons)
Theology MTheol (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.

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Divinity research areas

Divinity in St Andrews incorporates 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.

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 student 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.


St Mary's College is one of the officially recognised and approved colleges for the training of 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 for involvement 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.


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.

Undergraduate scholarships


There are 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


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 was ranked second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019 and first in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2019.


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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