The very first classes for the Free Church students were held at Dr Candlish' church in Lothian Road.
In 1845 Thomas Chalmers turned his attention to the curriculum of the college.
The death of John Fleming professor of natural science sparked the first of several debates about whether the subject should remain on the curriculum.
New College provided some opportunities for women in the 1870s, though it was not until after WW1 that women studied the full curriculum alongside men.
Approval was given for a Post-Graduate School in Theology on 6th February 1919.
For the first time it was possible to study for BD without have a prior degree in another subject.
The new degree began with four students enrolled and was taught in collaboration with colleagues from the Faculties of Arts and Law.
Founded by Duncan Forrester as the first ever research centre on Public Theology CTPI has made a distinguished contribution to the debate in Scotland and far beyond.
The Media Theological Education Programme was set up in response to the concern that the church was not incorporating modern media into the curriculum.
The move of Professor Andrew F. Walls and Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World brought a new approach to studying Christians.
The options available for students on the BA Religious Studies increased and transfer of Nick Wyatt and Alistair Kee from Glasgow.
By the 1990s the number of students taking Religious Studies out numbered those on the BD.
The first issue of the journal Studies in World Christianity: The Edinburgh Review of Theology and Religion appeared under the editorship of James Mackey.
Founded by Prof Larry Hurtado to bring together scholars working on early Christianity from the New Testament to patristics.
The Science and Religion programme brought new voices and methodologies to a topic which intrigued the earliest generations of New College students.
The launch of the Edinburgh Buddhist Studies Network took place in September 2019, linking researchers across the University of Edinburgh and beyond.
The latest addition to the New College Curriculum is the MSc in Christian Muslim relations, led by Programme Director Dr Shadaab Rahemtulla.
2021 will see the introduction of the MSc in Religion and Literature.