People at university

Applicants accepted for training will be able to study for undergraduate or post-graduate divinity degrees at one of the Church of Scotland-affiliated colleges and centres located within Scotland’s leading universities.

As well as full-time study, remote and part-time learning opportunities also exist.

Our five academic partners are University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Aberdeen, University of St Andrews, and University of the Highlands and Islands.

Academic partners

New College, University of Edinburgh

Theology has been taught at the University of Edinburgh since its foundation in 1583.

New College was established in 1843, and became part of the University of Edinburgh – merging with the Faculty of Divinity – in 1935. Current staff includes scholars with international reputations in various subjects in theology and religious studies.

The School of Divinity is delighted to report that it ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK for Theology and Religious Studies in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) based on the quality and volume of its research. And in the most recent assessment of teaching quality, the School was rated highly satisfactory.

The school comprises 30 academic staff, some 300 undergraduate students and about 160 graduate students from all over the world and with a variety of religious affiliations. The School takes personal interest in its  students and offers a welcoming and friendly setting in which to pursue the exciting and demanding study of Theology and Religious Studies.

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Trinity College, University of Glasgow

Trinity College is the Church of Scotland’s College at the University of Glasgow, the fourth oldest university in the UK.

The College serves the mission of the church through research and education, both the education and training of those preparing for ministries within the church and continuing ministerial education (CME) for those already serving within the church.

We work to build community and collegiality among those training for and working in ministry in the Church of Scotland, including alumni of the College.

Students in Theology and Religious Studies who are candidates for the ministries of the Church of Scotland are under the special supervision of Trinity College through its Principal and Council. The College supports intermittent guest lectureships, a TRS reference library (‘Divinity Workshop’), as well as offering supplementary provision for additional book and periodical acquisitions in the University Library.

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Christ’s College, University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest and the UK’s fifth oldest university.

The school of Divinity, History and Philosophy is a leading international provider of excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate education, attractively situated at the heart of the Old Aberdeen campus.

It is the only school which is now based in King’s College quadrangle, beside the ancient chapel and the King’s Conference Centre. It is also a two minute walk from the main University Library.

The school maintains a tradition of teaching and learning which dates back to the university’s foundation over 500 years ago. It is committed to high-quality, research-led teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest university, founded in 1410, and throughout its history has enjoyed a reputation as one of the finest universities in Britain.

St Mary’s College, the home of the teaching of Divinity in the University, was founded in 1539 and is still housed in its fine sixteenth-century buildings. These buildings have provided a focus for the College and have encouraged close social contact between staff and students in theology.

Adjoining the College is the King James Library and Reading Room, which houses the books used for teaching purposes in Divinity.

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Highland Theological College, University of the Highlands and Islands

The University of the Highlands and Islands is the United Kingdom’s leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education.

Highland Theological College at UHI exists to provide opportunities for men and women to study the Christian faith on a full-time, part-time, or open-learning basis, from an evangelical and Reformed perspective, in the context of a worshipping community.

HTC is an evangelical and non-denominational theological college in the Reformed tradition.

HTC is at the same time both an independent college run by its own Board and one of thirteen colleges and research institutions which together make up the University of the Highlands and Islands. This enables HTC to retain its strongly evangelical, Reformed ethos within the university sector, giving HTC a unique opportunity to impact on the training of ministers from a number of denominations.

Find out more about  Highland Theological College