Final Year

Compulsory module (choose one of the following):

Dissertation (Theology and Religion) (40 credits)

This is a major piece of independent work for which a topic is identified and research is carried out with supervisory help to produce a 12,000-word essay.


6,000-word Dissertation (Theology and Religion) (20) 

The 6,000-word dissertation is a piece of substantial independent research on a subject in Theology and/or Religion chosen by the individual student, but subject to approval by the Department. 


Placement-based Dissertation (Theology and Religion) (40)

The placement-based dissertation is an extended piece of substantial independent research (9,000 words) on a topic in Theology and/or Religion linked to a specific placement context chosen by the individual student, but subject to approval by the Department. Students negotiate a placement involving a minimum of 100 hours in a setting of their own choice, subject to approval from the Department. 


Philosophical Project (20 or 40)

This module allows you to conduct independent research into and write on a particular philosophical issue of your choice, with assistance from a project supervisor with expertise in your chosen topic.

Example optional modules may include (choose at least 20 credits in each group):

Group A (Theology and Religion)

  • Christmas and Ethical Consuming (20)
  • Power, Society, Identity (20)
  • Politics in the Name of God (20)
  • Atheisms (20)
  • Gender, Sexuality and Religion (20)
  • Visions of God (20)
  • God and Money (20)
  • Historical and Contemporary Debates on the Holocaust (20)
  • God Beyond Borders: Building Interfaith Bridges and Dialogue (20)
  • Understanding and Confronting Radical Islamic Thought and Practice (20)

Group B (Philosophy and Ethics)

  • Being Good and Doing Right: Issues in Contemporary Moral Theory (20)
  • Global Bioethics (20)
  • Minds, Brains and Computers: Issues in the Philosophy of Cognitive Science (20)
  • Nietzsche (20)
  • Philosophy of Language and the Linguistic Study of Meaning (20)
  • Philosophy of Time Travel (20)
  • Prejudice, Race and Gender (20)
  • Reason and Belief: Topics in Epistemology (20)
  • Science and Nature (20)
  • Topics in Philosophy of Religion (20)
  • What there is: Issues in Ontology (20)