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Religion Philosophy and Ethics

BA (Hons)

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What is Religion Philosophy and Ethics BA (Hons)?

This course is as much about engaging with a rich diversity of religious traditions, philosophical ideas and ethical values as it is about examining the ways in which they shape and change the world we live in today.

You’ll study, critically and in depth, the world religions, emergent spiritualities, philosophy from the Greeks to transhumanism, and ethical theories – not just as a way of understanding how they have influenced our past but their central role in our future. So we fully encourage you to look at how these ideas, beliefs and practices inform and interact with aspects of contemporary social justice, the environment, politics, race and gender.

We also believe you have to experience the subject and so we regularly take religion, philosophy and ethics out of the lecture room into the world. We’ve organised international field trips to India and Spain, as well as local field trips in the UK. You’ll also have opportunities to work with local charities and communities who are committed to social justice.

Our course scored =1st in the UK overall satisfaction in philosophy, theology and religious studies in the National Student Survey 2020. We also currently rank 7th nationally in the Guardian league table for Religious Studies and Theology courses.

Community links

We’ve developed excellent relationships with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Wales), the post lineage yoga community and the Glastonbury Heathen and Pagan communities.

Study style

Our approach to the subject is through student-centred and research led teaching. You’ll study in smaller seminar groups all of which will be led by our academically respected subject experts and a variety of guest speakers. We’ll engage with you directly through stimulating interactive sessions that include discussions, debates, and presentations.

Your learning will also be enhanced by a range of field trips – both national and international – and we’re currently developing a dynamic programme of placement opportunities with a number of organisations who are involved with issues concerning social justice and sustainability. This allows you to make the most of your time at the university while developing key critical skills – such as being able to analyse complex problems and offer solutions with evidence and work creatively with others. We believe these are the abilities you’ll need for your future career and will be greatly valued in the world beyond university.

Get Religion Philosophy and Ethics BA (Hons) course updates and hear more about studying with us.

Entry requirements

    • 96 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications, for example:
      BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham VV65 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham VV65

Possible careers

Graduates on this course can go on to work in:

  • teaching
  • media
  • social media
  • publishing
  • third sector/fundraising
  • ethical technology development
  • local and national government
  • green and environmental industries
  • social services.

Gain cultural insights on field trips

You’ll have the option to undertake an international field trip to India to visit sights such as the Jama Masjid in Delhi. We also visit Leicester’s Diwali festival and a Hindu temple in London.

Crowds of people outside a temple

Study in a close knit community

Our Francis Close Hall campus has been part of our heritage for 150 years and provides an inspiring backdrop for studying. You’ll join a close-knit and collaborative community, where students from a range of subjects can share and develop ideas.

Birds-eye view of FCH campus

Make a difference to the world

We believe it’s not enough to talk about the world without changing it. Most of all we want our students to have the courage to be themselves, and so they can make important choices with confidence, and take the next step in their lives.

Illuminated signage on a building for Diwali
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Philosophy - Student Experience - The Times GUG 2021

Our Philosophy courses rank 3rd in the UK for student experience, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

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Philosophy - Teaching Quality - The Times GUG 2021

Our Philosophy courses rank 2nd in the UK for teaching quality, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

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Religious Studies and Theology - Course Satisfaction - Guardian University Guide 2021

Our Religious Studies and Theology courses rank 5th in the UK for course satisfaction, according to the Guardian Good University Guide 2021.

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Religious Studies and Theology - Overall Subject Ranking - Guardian University Guide 2021

Our Religious Studies and Theology courses rank in the top 10 in the UK for overall subject, according to the Guardian University Guide 20210.

Trips and experiences

You’ll have the opportunity to experience Religion Philosophy and Ethics as they are lived. We have an ongoing program of international field trips that have to date included India, the United States and Spain and we offer a number of more local trips to Glastonbury, Oxford, Leicester and London where we have experienced contemporary spiritualities and a number of established world religions.


Our degree also provides opportunities, alongside other placements, for students to work with local charities and communities who are committed to social justice. We want our students to have the courage to be themselves, so they can make important choices with confidence and take the next step in their lives.

"I encourage students to develop empathy"

“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 I had along the way made me realise how central religion is to most people’s lives on a day-to-day basis, whether 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 UK and India. I also have an interest in examining the current relationship between religion, populism and national identity.”

Martin Wood, Course Leader in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Lecturer with backpack leaning against a wall

"Going to India was incredible"

“What a truly remarkable experience. The initial idea of going to India itself was incredible, but this trip in particular offers an insight that you simply wouldn’t get if you travelled as a tourist. Some of the sites we saw, the shine of Nizamuddin for example were real eye openers.”

Joe Lee, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics student

Student receiving tilak blessing on the banks of the river Ganges

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