Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

One of the UK's best universities for religious studies, we’re ranked in the top 10 for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2017.

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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.

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.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 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.

2018 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 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

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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.

    Cordoba Spain

    Gain cultural insights on overseas and UK field trips

    You'll have the option to undertake an international field trip to Córdoba in Spain to visit sights such as the Mezquita, Cathedral of Córdoba and Casa de Sefarad, a museum for Judeo-Spanish culture and history. We also visit Leicester’s Diwali festival and a Hindu temple in London.

    Learn from high-profile visiting speakers

    Our strong links with Gloucestershire Philosophy Society mean you’ll benefit from high-profile speakers looking at philosophical issues as wide ranging as fundamentalism and the relevance of 18th century philosophy on modern politics. You’ll also gain insights at various open lecture events delivered by our own lecturers and visiting experts.

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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. We also scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey* making us joint 1st in the country.

    *for the Philosophy subject group

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