Theological study has been integral to the University of Aberdeen since Bishop William Elphinstone established King's College in 1495. The Department of Divinity has had historic strengths in the areas of Biblical studies and historical criticism. Today, research in the Department is distributed across the full range of speculative, textual, historical and practical inquiries in theology.  

Aberdeen’s Department of Divinity and Religious Studies is one of the highest ranked departments in the United Kingdom for research. Members of staff are engaged in research in all the major sub-disciplines of theology, including systematic theology, theological ethics, Church history, practical theology, and Old and New Testament studies.

There are a number of additional activities and events which support research within the department, including regular research seminars and reading groups allow for visiting speakers and staff members to present work in progress. 

Click on the links to the left to find out more about areas of research in Divinity.