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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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If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at an open day to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.


Booking for our autumn visiting days will open in early September 2017.

  • Wednesday 27 September 2017
  • Wednesday 4 October 2017
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017
  • Wednesday 25 October 2017
  • Wednesday 1 November 2017



  • November 2017 - date to be confirmed.

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Latest in Divinity at St Andrews

Dr Madhavi Nevader, Teaching Fellow in Hebrew Bible, has been appointed to a permanent Lectureship in Hebrew Bible at St Mary's College.


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.

Research supervisors

Those interested in postgraduate research should contact a supervisor within the School of Divinity who has expertise in their chosen area.

Supervising staff:

  • Professor Mario Aguilar: study of religion and politics; practical theology with reference to the Church in Latin America and Africa; world religions, including Hinduism and Islam; liberation theology; theology of the poor and the disappeared; history and colonialism in Chile, Colombia, Rwanda and Tibet.
  • Reverand Dr Ian Bradley: British, Scottish and Celtic Christianity; worship, hymnody, religion in popular culture and broader cultural history.
  • Dr George Corbett: Classical and mediaeval literature in Latin; mediaeval and Renaissance literature in English and Italian (especially Dante); comparative literature.
  • Professor James Davila: Second Temple Judaism; Dead Sea Scrolls; Old Testament Pseudepigrapha; Hebrew Bible and biblical Hebrew; Aramaic; Hekhalot literature and Jewish Merkavah mysticism; divine mediator figures in antiquity.
  • Professor Mark Elliott: history of Christian spiritualisty (mediaeval and early modern); history of biblical interpretation; Scottish Church and theology; biblical theology; history of doctrines; Catholic and Reformed theology.
  • Dr Scott Hafemann: Pauline and Peterine exegesis and theology; biblical theology; the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament.
  • Reverend Dr Stephen Holmes: historical and contemporary theology; Reformed and Baptist traditions; John Calvin; the doctine of God; soteriology; Evangelical theology.
  • Dr Gavin Hopps: theology and the arts, with a particular focus on Romantic literature and contemporary popular music; the relationship between theology and humour.
  • Dr William Hyland: Premonstratensian Jacobus Panhausen, abbot of Steinfeld from 1540-1582; the participation of religious orders in the 15th-century reform councils; role of religious rulers in the wider phenomena of personal and ecclesiastical reform.
  • Dr David Moffitt: earliest Christians' understanding of Jesus and their own identities in relation to Jewish scripture, practices and beliefs; the Epistle to the Hebrews; interpretations of early Christian claims about Jesus' person, death, resurrection and ascension in high-priestly and sacrificial terms.
  • Dr John Perry: theological ethics; Christian ethics and political liberalism; medical and sexual ethics.
  • Dr Elizabeth Shively: Synoptic gospels and acts; New Testament theology; Jewish and Graeco-Roman backgrounds to the New Testament; Jewish apocalyptic literature; hermeneutics.
  • Dr Eric Stoddart: practical theology; surveillance technologies and digital ethics; citizenship and its relationship to spiritualities; pastoral care in eschatological perspectives.
  • Dr William Tooman: Hebrew Bible and biblical Hebrew; prophetic literature; inner-biblical interpretation; Ezekiel interpretation and reception; composition history; history of interpretation.
  • Professor Alan Torrance: philosophical and systematic theology; theological anthropology; person and work of Christ; Karl Barth; theology of reconciliation and its social implications; theological epistemology and time; the nature of self.
  • Dr Judith Wolfe: Christian eschatology, its philosophical implications and literary expression; theology and 20th-century philosophy, especially Martin Heidegger; C S Lewis and the Inklings; Shakespeare.
  • Professor Nicholas Wright: Christian origins and the question of God; Paul and Pauline theology; the gospels; scripture and theology.

Divinity research centres

The School of Divinity currently has three research centres and institutes:

Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics

The CSRP is an interdisciplinary group which aims to understand religious practices through interpretive models and social epistemologies which are in constant interaction with political models of governance in society. 

Institute for Bible, Theology and Hermeneutics

The IBTH mainly focuses on general hermeneutical theory and practice as a means of engaging with issues arising from the contemporary world. The Institute promotes intradisciplinary engagement between biblical studies and various fields in theology.

Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts

ITIA aims to advance and enrich an active conversation between Christian theology and the arts – bringing rigorous theological thinking to the arts and bringing the resources of the arts to the enterprise of theology.

Logos Institute in Analytics and Exegetical Theology

The Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology aims to explore the central claims of the Christian faith through constructive dialogue with Biblical exegesis and analytic, philosophical theology. It seeks to do so, moreover, in a manner that values transparency; simplicity in expression; clear, logical argumentation; and rigorous analysis. 

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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
  • theator 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; and 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 makes 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 top in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017, third in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017, and fourth in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2017.


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

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