Research course


University of St Andrews · School of Divinity

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have the equivalent of a UK 2:1 degree or better. This should include courses in the general area of study in which advanced work is proposed. Masters-level work is preferred prior to PhD.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Divinity maintains and continually seeks to advance its strong international profile as a centre of excellence in research and teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Its primary expertise is as a centre engaging with theological and historical concerns, chiefly as raised and developed within the Christian tradition, its Jewish roots, and related critical scholarship.

The School's academic staff seek to address wider concerns arising within western society through the growing prominence of other religious traditions and the rejuvenation of interest in questions of 'spirituality'.

The School continues its historic role of providing high quality academic education for those within the Christian churches and develops other aspects of its contribution to the formation of citizens fitted for life in society at large, e.g., the importance of theology and the arts and contemporary debates on the relation between religion and politics, including aspects of world religions.

During the first year of study guidance is offered in basic research skills and in this connection the satisfactory completion of certain clearly defined research-related tasks is stipulated by the Faculty. Thereafter the student is expected to undertake independent research in consultation with the supervisor.

Department specialisms

Theological Studies; Philosophy of Religion; Practical Theology; Christian Ethics; Hebrew; Old Testament Studies; New Testament Studies; Inter-Testamental Studies; Church History; Contextual and Liberation Theology; Ritual Studies

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to sit an appropriate test and achieve IELTS 7.0 overall or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
Fees confirmed early 2017
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462850