The School of Divinity was ranked 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK* for Theology and Religious Studies in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

The School has three strategic priorities in research:

  • to promote individual research excellence,
  • to facilitate collaborative and interdisciplinary research,
  • to support outward engagement.

All of our academic staff are associated with one of the School’s interdisciplinary research groups. Many are involved in our research centres and networks. They may also be involved in a range of collaborative projects with colleagues in this university or throughout the world.

Our postgraduate researchers, academic staff and visiting fellows from around the world have access to our magnificent library and archive collections, which ensure a diverse and stimulating research environment.

Published research is listed in Edinburgh Research Explorer. Also, we hold a variety of public lectures - including the prestigious Gunning Lectures and Cunningham Lectures - and are closely involved with the annual Gifford Lectures.

Our research centres and networks are founded on a 500-year tradition of creative thought.

Research projects at the School of Divinity are centres of excellence for their subjects.

Browse through our virtual bookshelf, updated with academic staff's most recent publications

We have a direct, positive impact on society as a result of our research, knowledge exchange, public engagement activities and schools outreach.

All research undertaken by Divinity students and staff must satisfy key ethical principles.

The School of Divinity holds a rich archival collection and has access to many useful research resources. Here are just a few examples.