Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
We offer students a broad foundation for the academic study of philosophy, religion and ethics. At this stage, the modules are mainly compulsory and introduce the broad themes and issues in philosophy, religion and ethics.
Students take the five compulsory modules and any 50 credits from the optional modules, including the option to take a Widening Horizons Module in another School.
- Ethics: How should we live? (10)
- Introduction to Study of Religion (20)
- Philosophy of Religion (10)
- Problems of Philosophy (20)
- Reasoning (10)
See our first year module descriptions (compulsory and optional)
In second year, the focus is on ‘paradigms of belief’: the different structures, worldviews and systems that inform and direct human life and activity in its global variety.
The range of optional modules – divided into philosophical/ethical and religious/theological streams – allows you the freedom to develop you own interests and specialisations. You will take the compulsory module Paradigms of Belief and any 100 credits from the wide range of optional modules available.
See our second year module descriptions (compulsory and optional)
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
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In the final year, you will choose a Theology and Religion Dissertation or Philosophical Project, which sees you undertake your own independent research that draws on an aspect of your engagement with philosophical, ethical and/or religious themes throughout the course.
Similar to second year, there are also a range of optional modules and further opportunities for independent study divided into philosophical/ethical and religious/theological streams. You will take a dissertation and then 80/100 credits from the optional modules available.
- Theology and Religion Dissertation (20 or 40) or
- Philosophical Project (20 or 40)
See our final year module descriptions (compulsory and optional)