If you want to understand the world we live in, you have to be able to understand the great religious traditions and philosophical questions that shape it. The degree in Religion and Philosophy is a rigorous programme that offers an in-depth understanding of Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Christianity. At the same time, it exposes you to the big questions of philosophy: what is good? What can we know? What are the ideals or principles by which we can lead a meaningful life, individually and politically? What defines a human person? What can we rationally say about the existence and nature of God?
The study of religion will grounded in an understanding of religions as they are lived and practised: field trips and research in real communities sit alongside the interpretation of texts, symbols and ideas. In philosophy, you will be reading the great texts of western thought for yourself, but also developing your own ability to think critically and put forward reasoned arguments.
Your studies will be led by internationally renowned scholars who bring their own research to bear on their teaching. Our staff have special expertise in the study of Islam in Britain, Sri Lankan Buddhism and contemporary philosophy of religion, for example. They will guide and inspire you to clarify the questions you want to ask, to explore the worldviews of others as you work out your own.
The programme specifications for this subject can be downloaded below.
Why choose this subject?
The courses and topics available to study include:
All first year students engage extensively in academic approaches to religion and basic themes in philosophy. Opportunities for concentration begin in the second year, which builds upon the foundational work in the first year. This will culminate in concentrated advanced studies in your area of concentration in the third year. Our curriculum is flexible and is able to change and adapt to bring in to focus contemporary world events relating to the study of philosophy, ethics and religious studies.
The standard offer level is a minimum of 300 UCAS points, including a minimum of two A/A2 levels or equivalent.
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion is a BA Single Honours course UCAS code V620
This degree will make you appealing to many employers because of the important transferable skills you will gain. Specifically, the ability to analyse, think critically and approach problems in a logical and creative way are qualities required by a multitude of occupations and which Philosophy, Ethics and Religion students will be in the position to offer. A range of career development paths will be open to you in areas such as education, business, social work, law, community work, media, journalism, the civil service and chaplaincy.