Final year

Compulsory module (choose one of the following):

Dissertation (Theology and Religion) (40)

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. 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)

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.


Dissertation (Politics) (40)

The dissertation is your chance to study a topic of particular interest to you. You decide on the topic which should have some relevance to politics or international studies.

The aim is to apply the knowledge (theory and techniques) you have acquired over the past two years. It gives you a chance to demonstrate your ability to work on your own, acquire knowledge about a specialised area of study, use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material, undertake a thorough review of the literature, draw appropriate conclusions and present a clear, cogent argument. The dissertation may involve the presentation of new knowledge or the use of primary sources, but this is not an expectation.

Example optional modules may include (ensure you have at least 20 credits from at least two of the participating departments):

Group A (Theology and Religion)

  • Politics in the Name of God (20)
  • Christmas and Ethical Consuming (20)
  • Power, Society, Identity (20)
  • Atheisms (20)
  • Gender, Sexuality and Religion (20)
  • Visions of God (20)

Group B (Politics)

  • Contemporary US Foreign and Security Policy (20)
  • European Union Foreign and Security Policy (20)
  • Topics in British Politics (20)

Group C (Philosophy)

  • Being Good and Doing Right: Issues in Contemporary Moral Theory (20)
  • Global Bioethics (20)
  • Nietzsche (20)
  • Prejudice, Race and Gender (20)
  • Topics in Philosophy of Religion (20)