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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

With expert staff, exciting field trips and guest speakers, we're top for student satisfaction.

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International and national field trips

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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 and fees

Applicants should satisfy the minimum university entry requirements.

300 UCAS tariff points with typical offers:

  • A-level: grades BBB or equivalent
  • IB Diploma: 26 points
  • BTEC National Diploma: DDM


International academic equivalent. An international foundation course may be required for entry.IELTS 6.0 overall in English with no less than 5.5 in any other band or equivalent.

If you are an international student please see the international entry requirements.

Please see the tuition fees.

UCAS codes

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


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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.

    Cordoba Spain

    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.

    Religion Philosoph and Ethics student Saffiya Webb

    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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