Click the tabs below or the links on the left to learn more about our disciplines. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD, more information about supervisor specialties is available under the Research section for each discipline.
Divinity and Theology degrees at Aberdeen concentrate on the study of Christian faith, life and doctrine in its historical, institutional and contemporary contexts. As a discipline, Divinity has been taught at Aberdeen since the University was founded in 1495. Students join an international community alongside leading academics carrying forward 500+ years of tradition, with the highest-quality teaching and research on all aspects of theology and ministry.
- Religious Studies
The discipline of Religious Studies examines the historical, social and political development of the major religions of the world, including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and ancestral cults of Africa, Siberia and the Caribbean. Students may choose to study biblical languages, Christian doctrine, Islam, the role of religion in ethical and political debates, myth, ritual and many other aspects and varieties of religious expression.
History at Aberdeen is diverse and takes a holistic approach to the subject. Students gain an in-depth knowledge of past events, human activity and the relationships between cultures over a range of historical periods. Areas of study include Scottish and European History, Vikings, Medieval Europe, the History and Philosophy of Science, and how to read and think about history. The university holds historically significant collections, including 7,000 early printed books, the magnificent 12th-century Aberdeen Bestiary, a large Jacobite collection, works of the Scottish Enlightenment, and local records dating from the Middle Ages.
- History of Art
History of Art at Aberdeen explores the artistic disciplines in Western and Eastern Europe, with the option to study North American art. Students examine the evolution of painting, architecture and sculpture up until the present day, developing an in-depth understanding of art movements as well as advanced analytical skills. Staff areas of expertise include Scottish architecture, Italian Baroque painting, print culture in Early Modern Europe, and Scottish and British painting.
- Scandinavian Studies
Scandinavian Studies in Aberdeen is led by the Centre for Scandinavian Studies (CfSS), founded in 2007. Central research themes include Early Scandinavian law, Landscape and society, and Pre-Christian religions. The Centre runs its own MLitt in Scandinavian Studies (Viking and Medieval Scandinavia), with a number of courses coordinated by the Centre as part of the undergraduate degree programme in History.
Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen includes a wide variety of courses offered by committed and knowledgeable lecturers. Students can choose to focus on a variety of subjects, including Moral Philosophy, Knowledge and Mind, and Reason and Argument, learning how philosophy is as much the study of what constitutes a ‘good’ or ‘valid’ argument as it is the application of thought to specific problems.