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Course summary

You will join academic staff and graduate students who represent a variety of nationalities and theological perspectives. This intellectual diversity is strongly encouraged. Recent PhD projects have included research into:

  • Augustine
  • medieval theology
  • the history of Reformed theology
  • Dutch Neo-Calvinism
  • Edwards
  • Schleiermacher
  • Barth
  • Wittgenstein
  • Torrance
  • Levinas
  • Balthasar
  • Pannenberg
  • Adams
  • contextual theology
  • theology of religions
  • providence
  • theological anthropology
  • ecclesiology
  • pneumatology
  • eschatology
  • puritan theology
The interests of academic staff range across philosophical, historical and systematic theology. You can find out more and identify a potential supervisor by looking at the School’s staff profiles, which give details of research interests and publications, and email addresses. We encourage you to contact a potential supervisor to discuss your research project before making a formal application. 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. You will study in a stimulating environment. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 ranked the School first in Scotland and fifth in the UK for its research power in theology and religious studies. The majority of the research activity of our colleagues is classed as world-leading, reflecting the vibrancy of the School’s research culture.


See our website for detailed programme information.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.
Systematic Theology at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS