Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (BA Hons)

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

BA (Hons)

Open your mind

Explore "the big questions" on this landmark course, the first of its kind in the UK.

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Amazing experiences

Unique opportunities to focus on questions, not answers.

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Dan is now an Account Manager for Bunzl Healthcare: "I loved the seminars and how staff challenged our ideas."

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Be taught by influential academic, David Webster. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Trips in the UK and abroad will give you new perspectives.

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Be inspired by their passion

William Large, Course Leader in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics.

Martin Wood

Course Leader in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

"My love of the subject stems from a number of years spent travelling through India, South East Asia the Middle East and Australasia. The experiences that I had along the way made me realise how central religion is to most peoples lives on a day to day basis whether it is expressed through food and activism or politics and contemplation.

As a teacher of the study of religions, in a world where walls are going up and borders being closed, I encourage students to value open dialogue, put aside assumptions and develop qualities of empathy and insight.

I teach Hinduism and Buddhism as well as New and Non-Religious Movements and my research and publishing to date has focused upon contemporary Hindu movements in the U.K. and India. I also have an interest in examining the current relationship between religion, populism and national identity."

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Course Details

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Course outline

The Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) degree is for people who like to think about what really matters in life. You’ll examine philosophy as it emerges in ancient traditions and observe the latest global research on religion in the digital age. From the thinkers of Ancient Greece, the advent of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, and the ancient traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, you will examine a range of perspectives on the purpose and meaning of life. We also engage in the fine-grained study of specific, important thinkers and their work, such as Descartes, Spinoza, Nietzsche, Kuhn and Sartre.

You’ll learn from lecturers who are published authors, internationally-recognised for excellence within their specialist fields. This includes Dr Dave Webster, author of Dispirited: How Contemporary Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish and Unhappy. You’ll also hear from high-profile subject experts, through seminars, Skype , and invited speakers. Our students develop expertise through a global network of research scholars, exploring live research with contemporary scholars across the world. Recently students have studied how religion is manifesting on the internet through UFO cults, popular-culture spiritualties, Pagan traditions and North American Satanism with experts in Sweden, Canada and Australia.  

You’ll be inspired on field trips with opportunities including the beautiful Mezquita Cathedral in Córdoba, Spain as well as Leicester’s Diwali festival, a world-famous event that celebrates Hinduism and its history. Learning through interactive workshops and debates, you’ll develop expert knowledge and transferable skills that are in high demand by employers.

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Study style

Lectures and seminars exist alongside more innovative teaching methods. We make full use of video podcasts, e-texts, Skype Q&As with external experts, and students are actively involved with these resources. We have a strong commitment to tutorials, and work with our students, one-to-one and in small groups, to help them produce the best work and ideas that they are capable of. The course encourages an open forum with small group discussions to exchange ideas. Tutors talk you through classical philosophical and religious texts. You'll also learn through seminars, field trips and online resources such as podcasts and videos.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Industry links

We offer field trips to the Hindu Temple in Neasden, the Diwali festival in Leicester as well as to Córdoba in Spain where you will examine both philosophical and religious issues.


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    Study mode



    3 Years (Full-Time)


    Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

    Entry requirements

    Tariff information for 2019 entry

    112 tariff points

    Typical offers

    BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

    2019 UCAS tariff table

    Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

    International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

    Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.


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    UCAS Codes

    UCAS codes available for this subject
    BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeVV65

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