Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen was established in 1970, with the aim of studying religion both comparatively and social scientifically. Originally a separate department within the Faculty of Arts and Divinity, Religious Studies then became part of the Department of Divinity. The department was renamed ‘Divinity with Religious Studies’ in 1993. Since 2006, Religious Studies has been part of the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, in the sub-discipline now called Divinity and Religious Studies. It is located in the historic King’s College Quadrangle in Old Aberdeen.

In the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework, Religious Studies was ranked 1st in Scotland for Research Impact, thereby confirming its reputation for outstanding scholarship.