At the School of Divinity you will join a community of around 150 research students, drawn from around the world, and from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds.
Join the Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations programme offered by The University of Edinburgh and you will study in a stimulating environment. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked the School’s research environment at 100% world-leading/internationally excellent, second in the UK on this front in theology and religion. This outstanding result reflects the vibrancy of the School’s research culture.
The School of Divinity, one of the largest centres for the study of religion in the United Kingdom, is located in the historic setting of New College, close to Edinburgh Castle and overlooking Princes Street.
Resources for research are excellent. You can draw on the outstanding holdings of:
- New College Library
- University of Edinburgh main library
- National Library of Scotland
New College Library has one of the largest theology collections in the UK, with more than a quarter of a million items and a large and rich manuscript collection.
The University library exceeds 2.25 million volumes. The National Library of Scotland – a ‘legal deposit’ library like the British Library in London and the university libraries of Oxford and Cambridge – is just around the corner.
Research seminars and events
The School provides an extensive programme of weekly research seminars and special guest lectures.
In addition, three research centres provide a special focus for activity:
- Centre for the Study of Christian Origins
- Centre for Theology and Public Issues
Centre for the Study of World Christianity
Staff research interests focus on:
- Islamic theology (kalam)
- law (shari‘a and fiqh)
- Qur’an, Hadith, and Tafsir
- Muslim views of Christianity and Judaism
- Christian theological engagements with Islam
- constructive theology and ethics from a Christian or Muslim perspective
- Arab Christianity, classic and contemporary
- political Islam
- political theology
- comparative theology
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- Masters by Research and MPhil: A UK 2:1 honours degree with a mark of at least 65%, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You should also have academic training in the area of your research project.
International23350 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23350 GBP per year during 24 months.
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