WHY STUDY IN EDINBURGH?
Edinburgh is a UNESCO world heritage site. With a population of around 450,000, our city mixes architectural beauty and history with a lively and cosmopolitan environment. It is a safe and prosperous city, with an abundance of parks and green spaces for recreation and reflection. It offers an exciting array of entertainment, arts, culture and sport, with the lush Scottish countryside and dramatic coastline just a few miles away.
Edinburgh has been voted the best UK city in which to live for 13 years in a row (The Guardian Travel Awards).
The School of Divinity is fortunate to be right in the centre of this historic city. Located in the heart of the Old Town, the School is housed in the iconic New College, a dramatic neo-gothic building that features largely in the city’s skyline and boasts some of the most breathtaking views over Edinburgh. Our students benefit from a self-contained college setting just five minutes away from the main campus, giving privileged access to all university facilities.
A CULTURAL CAPITAL
Edinburgh has an incredibly energetic and diverse cultural life. Apart from the renowned Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe Festival every August (the largest arts festival in the world) a host of other cultural events run throughout each year.
There are also dozens of museums and galleries with unique collections, and cinemas specialising in arthouse and world film.
A short journey will take you to the old port of Leith and waterfront pubs and cafes, or to the fishing villages of Fife, to the Pentland Hills or country parks and beaches. Further afield, Scotland’s magnificent scenery, its villages and coastlines, and its other vibrant cities are all easily accessible. Edinburgh is also a haven for cyclists, with quiet and scenic routes crossing the city.
WHY STUDY AT NEW COLLEGE?
University community comprises 450 undergraduate and postgraduate students and nearly 40 full-time academic staff, including internationally respected scholars in a wide range of specialisms. We welcome students from around the world, from religious and non-religious backgrounds, and we take pride in our status as a renowned research centre in a broad spectrum of subject areas.
The School of Divinity is based at New College, an impressive neo-gothic building dating from the 1840s, in the heart of the Edinburgh’s Old Town, It commands spectacular views over the city and is a distinctive feature on the Edinburgh skyline, close to Edinburgh Castle.
FLEXIBILITY, CHOICE, AND SUPPORT
Our four-year degree programmes allow you to enhance your career prospects by gaining a broad education that is attractive to employers. We offer a great deal of flexibility to explore your interests, study abroad and acquire skills that will make your CV stand out.
You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will provide you with individual support, guiding your intellectual development and helping you shape your academic journey.
A GREAT ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
Our college setting makes for a warm and inclusive community, boosted by a vibrant programme of social and academic events to help you settle in quickly. In the most recent National Student Survey the School of Divinity scored 94% for overall student satisfaction, testament to the quality of our degree programmes, the stimulating nature of our learning environment and the level of support offered by our staff.
The School of Divinity has a world-class reputation for research excellence and our faculty is made up of internationally respected scholars. They will share with you their enthusiasm for their subjects and will immerse you in the most current and cutting-edge debates. You can also take advantage of the School’s vibrant programmes of visiting lectures by internationally-known scholars.
The School of Divinity scored exceptionally highly in the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF)-2014. We were ranked first in Scotland for Theology and Religious Studies, and fourth in the UK, on the quality and volume of our research. Our research environment scored 100%, second in the UK, underlining our extremely strong research culture.
New College Library has one of the largest collections for Theology and Religious Studies in the UK. We hold more than a quarter of a million printed items, including many rare and historic books. We also have a large and rich manuscript collection, including the papers of Thomas Chalmers, John Baillie, JH Oldham and James S Stewart.
The strengths of New College Library contribute greatly to teaching and research at the School of Divinity.
Visiting undergraduate students may spend a single semester or whole year at the School of Divinity on a study abroad programme.
THE SCHOOL OF DIVINITY
The School of Divinity is fortunate to be right in the center of an ancient and historical city. Located at the heart of the Old Town, the School is housed in the historic New College, a dramatic neo-gothic building boasting some of the most breathtaking views over Edinburgh. Our students benefit from a self-contained college setting just five minutes away from the main campus, giving privileged access to all university facilities.
Students and staff come to the School from across the world. It encompasses a range of religions and cultures, which contribute to a diverse and exciting learning community.
In the 2014 National Student Survey the School of Divinity scored 94% for overall student satisfaction.
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Visiting students may enroll on a wide range of courses in Theology and Ethics, Religious Studies, Biblical Studies and the History of Christianity.
Visiting students taking courses mainly in other schools may also enroll in courses in Divinity. These include Atheism in Debate, God in Philosophy, Lived Religions, Religion Violence and Peace-building and The Bible in Literature.
Video tour of New College
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