Campus & Community

Edinburgh Theological Seminary is a unique place to study. Our tall building, with its beautiful historic rooms, enchantingly captures the very essence of Old Edinburgh. Whilst we exist principally as an academic and vocational training ground teaching our students robust theology suitable for 21st-century evangelism, our small community also offers a unique and enriching student experience.

Positioned high up on the Mound, many of our classroom windows have a breathtaking panoramic view over Princes Street, the north of Edinburgh, to the Firth of Forth and Fife in the distance. This superb view also acts as a constant reminder of what we are about as a seminary: reaching the nations with the gospel of Christ.

ETS seeks to be relevant to the needs of the world we live in and our range of courses and the emphasis we give to our vision for the future proves just how important this is to us.


The Seminary comprises a variety of classrooms, fully equipped with distance learning facilities, and several study areas, each one housing its own library and providing computer access. The grand Chalmers Hall has also been adapted as a large lecture room with modern educational facilities to provide more space for events that attract a considerable audience.

Because many of our students study on a part-time arrangement the building is never crammed. Nonetheless, on any given academic day, there are always ample students to create a sense of vibrant community.


Community is a vital component in a learning environment, especially where there is a wide diversity in background and culture.

Whilst ETS is preparing students to serve in the world as it is today, part of what makes us refreshingly unique is the history and traditions that we have kept in place. After classes are over, staff and students eat together in the dining room, where lunch is provided. This is a great time for students to catch up with one another and leads into our time of worship which is always led by one of the students.

ETS is known to capture a special place in the hearts of its students, a place where friendships are forged that often last a lifetime. 

What better training ground for mission is possible?