REF 2021

1st in the UK

Divinity at the University of Aberdeen was ranked 1st in the UK for overall quality of research


Religion is a distinct area of study from Divinity, and focuses on explaining the origin and function of religion and not on evaluating the truth of the beliefs of religion. As such it considers practices as much as beliefs. Specialism include Theories of Religion and religions of the ancient world.

Click the tabs below for more information on what Aberdeen has to offer by way of research expertise and doctoral supervision, how to apply, and what students can expect when studying with us.

Aspects of Religion in Aberdeen

Students who decide to study a topic related to religion, myth, or ritual are supervised by experts in the field of Religion. Whether you are interested in theories of religion, Gnosticism, ancient Greek religions, or the social scientific study of religion, Aberdeen offers the opportunity to make use of our exceptional resources as you work on your thesis. 


We are interested in hearing from students wishing to undertake postgraduate level work in Religion at the doctoral level. Please contact one of the supervisors below if you are thinking about applying for a PhD in their subject area.

Dr Sam Newington: Supervision can be offered in any aspect of ancient Greek religion, in particular, from a cultural or historical perspective. Additionally, the current research interest of Dr Newington is Greece and the Ancient Near East. 



Sam Newington has a range of publications, as detailed here.


Some helpful links for further information and resources in Religious Studies include: