Religion and spirituality in Scotland

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Scotland has long and deep spiritual heritage. But more crucially, these spiritual and religious traditions have shaped Scotland’s cultural norms, defined individual and corporate identities, and profoundly influencing the nation’s legal and political institutions. Due to its fundamental role in forging Scottish culture, religion has left a lingering legacy that continues to affect the nation on a day-to-day basis. But more than this, Scottish religious traditions have been exported to almost every corner of the globe while some of the world’s great religions have found their own distinct Scottish expressions.

This course will explore the rich religious traditions and spirituality of Scotland as evidenced from prehistoric archaeology, the sacred sites and art of Celtic Scotland, the rich monastic and spiritual legacies of medieval Catholicism, Scotland’s rigorous and socially transformative Reformation, Scottish expressions of the world’s great religions, and the internationally recognised influences of the Iona and Findhorn Communities. While the religious expressions have changed, spirituality has played a prominent part in making Scotland and shaping its people. Even as Scotland experiences the wider forces of secularisation, the religious diversity of Scotland becomes evermore diverse. Come and explore the spiritual heritage of Scotland and learn about its new and innovative expressions.

Field trip 
The course includes a visit to the Isle of Iona, often described as ‘The Cradle of Christianity in Scotland.’

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)
  • you should be currently enrolled at an international higher education institution.

If your first language is not English, you must meet our minimum proficiency level:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score of 6.0, with no sub test less than 5.5
  • we also accept equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications such as ibTOEFL, CAE, CPE and more
  • visit eligibility

This is a guide, for further information email internationalsummerschools@glasgow.ac.uk


Why Glasgow?

Religious history has been taught at Glasgow since the University’s foundation in 1451. Our academics have a rich knowledge of archaeology, art history, history, Scottish literature and theology.

Glasgow hosts a number of important sites, including its 12th century Cathedral, Govan Old Parish Church, as well as Scotland’s largest mosque, two grand gudwara and historically important synagogues.