Located in the beautiful and historic surroundings of King’s College in Old Aberdeen, Divinity and Theology at Aberdeen combine the best of an ancient university with the best of contemporary, cutting-edge research and teaching.

Theological study and learning go back to the foundation of this university, which is the third oldest university in Scotland and fifth oldest in the UK. The Foundation Bull, granted by Pope Alexander VI in 1495, states that one of the main purposes of the newly founded university was to provide the very best theological education.

Today, Divinity and Theology degrees at Aberdeen concentrate on the study of Christian faith, life and doctrine in its historical, philosophical, literary, institutional and contemporary contexts. Students also have the chance to study other religions with a variety of methods in the study of religion, as well as to undertake the study of theology for ministerial training through Christ’s College.

Students join a leading, vibrant and international community which carries forward 500+ years of tradition, and brings that tradition right up to date with the highest-quality teaching and research on all aspects of theology.

What others say about our department:


Professor David Ford, OBE (Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus, University of Cambridge):

‘The Aberdeen University Department of Theology is not only impressively world class, with leading theologians and scholars in the field, it also has that rare thing, a strong and warm collegiality among its members. This is a community of intensive academic inquiry and conversation that has depth as well as breadth. And it has an enviable reputation for teaching, giving the sort of formation in theology and related fields that prepares students to contribute to many spheres in our twenty-first century societies.’


Professor Stanley Hauerwas:

‘One of the highlights of my academic life was to be appointed the Chair in Ethics at the University of Aberdeen. The Department of Theology really does theology in a constructive and collaborative process; I miss my stays with my former colleagues. Theology is alive and well in the far north of Scotland.’