Postgraduate Programmes

Explore our wide ranging choice of degree programmes and course options.

Why take a postgraduate programme?

If you have academic training in theology, religious studies or another relevant subject, and would like to develop your interest with a focus on a particular area, a postgraduate degree from the School of Divinity may interest you.

Whether taught or research-based, a postgraduate programme is a great way to deepen study of your chosen subject.  If you go on to produce a dissertation or thesis, you could get the chance to explore a completely new area in your field, resulting in a valuable contribution to the subject area. By the time you graduate, you will have planned, carried out and completed an independent piece of research under the supervision of experienced staff. This readies you for a range of careers, including further research.

The School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh is one of the largest centres in the UK for the study of religion.  This means we can offer our students a wide range of specialist degree programmes and course options.  In addition, we have eight active research centres and networks and regular research seminars.  These make for a stimulating environment for postgraduate research study and provide many opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

If you have a previous non-theology degree and are interested in a graduate programme that can provide a route towards postgraduate study, the Graduate Diploma in Theology and Religious Studies is the best option.


The masters is a one year taught full-time (or two years part-time) programme.

Postgraduate research degrees involve an extended period of intensive, independent research, resulting in a significant contribution of original knowledge to your field.

The masters is a one year research full-time (or two years part-time) programme.

Applications are invited for the Doctor of Ministry Programme run in collaboration with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.