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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

One of the UK's best universities for religious studies - ranked in the top 3 for religious study by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

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The Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) degree course is for people who like to think. We examine philosophy as it emerges in ancient Greece, and in Hindu and Buddhist traditions as they arise in India, as well as the advent of Islam and the history of Judaism. This is partnered with the latest research on how religion is manifesting on the internet through UFO cults, popular-culture spiritualities, Pagan traditions and more. Alongside, and often intertwined, is the study of the philosophical tradition as well as of historical overviews. There are close readings to familiarise you with key thinkers like Descartes, Spinoza, Nietzsche, Kuhn and Sartre.

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 in RPE 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.

Study style

The course encourages an open forum with small group discussions to exchange ideas. Tutors talk you through classical philosophical texts. You'll also learn through seminars, field trips and online resources such as podcasts and videos.

Entry requirements

You will need 300 UCAS Tariff points to be considered for this course.

The UCAS Tariff system takes into account a wide range of qualifications including BTECs, A Levels, AS Levels, International Baccalaureate Diplomas and Access courses, to name just a few.

If you’ve studied more than one type of qualification (for example BTECs with A Levels) don’t forget to include them all in your application as they will all count towards your tariff total.

Take a look at the UCAS tariff list for a full list of accepted qualifications.

Please see our full entry requirements for more details.

If you are an international student, you will need an IELTS 6.0 overall in English with no less than 5.5 in any other band, or equivalent.

Please see the international entry requirements in your country for full details.

Details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeVV65


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    Student Focus

    Jessica Toogood

    I’m a researcher for TrueTube, part of CTVC media production company. We produce educational resources for schools in RE, PSHE and citizenship.

    The degree gave me so many skills that are essential to everyday life and to my career. We had the best lecturers anyone could ask for. They were really charismatic and brought topics to life in lectures. We did a field trip to Córdoba in Spain which was amazing. Mezquita, Cathedral of Cordaba, was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. We learnt how to analyse and construct opinions in a way which is only taught through this type of course. I absolutely loved it.

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    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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    Staff Profile

    William Large

    I teach and write philosophy. In a world of cynicism, opportunism and anxiety, I hope, by the end of the course, my students have the courage to be themselves. I have published several books on Blanchot, Heidegger and Levinas and numerous articles in continental philosophy in international peer reviewed journals. In 2014, my module ‘Ethics and Reason’ was voted by students as ‘the most engaging module’ in the university.

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    International and national field trips

    As part of the assessed course, you'll have the option to go on an international field trip to Córdoba in Spain to visit sights such as the Mezquita, Cathedral of Córdoba, Casa de Sefarad and a day trip to Seville. You can also visit Leicester for the Diwali festival and a Hindu temple in London, and we regularly attend talks on philosophy at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

    High-profile visiting speakers

    You can be involved in the Gloucestershire Philosophy Society, which organises high-profile speakers, as well as attending the Humanities Open Lecture series. We also have visiting experts run workshops on Buddhist meditation and modules often involve Skype conversations with experts around the world.

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    Expert staff and 100% student satisfaction

    Our enthusiastic and supportive staff members have national and international reputations for excellence within their fields and all publish regularly. Students are encouraged to take a role in research seminars, with invited guest speakers, a philosophy film club and course social events. This all contributes to 100% of our students being satisfied with the course (National Student Survey, 2014).

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