Systematic & Historical Theology
St Mary’s College, the School of Divinity of the University of St Andrews, is one of the internationally leading centres of research and study in Systematic & Historical Theology, with emphases on the dialogue of that sub-discipline with Biblical Studies (through our Institute for Bible, Theology & Hermeneutics and our Logos Institute), with the arts (through our Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts) and with philosophy (both in the Anglo-American and in the European traditions).
St Mary’s College has been the home of Divinity here since 1579 (read more about our history). Surrounded by the beauty of the medieval town of St Andrews on the edge of the North Sea, the College is both central to the history of theology in Scotland, and ‘a place apart’ where scholars, senior and junior, come together from all over the world to reflect on and carry forward the tradition of Christian theology. The quality of our research and teaching once again, in 2019, led to top spots in the Guardian and the National Student Survey UK league tables.
These pages introduce our staff and students, our academic programmes in systematic & historical theology, and some of our regular activities, including the weekly research seminar that is at the heart of our life together.