Our Religion, Philosophy and Ethics BA (Hons) course scored 98% for teaching and 100% for academic support in the National Student Survey 2023. Our philosophy and religious studies courses were also ranked 7th for teaching and 1st for academic support in the UK.
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. You’ll be encouraged 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 outside of the classroom. You’ll also have opportunity to take part in field trips – both national and international – as well work with local charities and communities who are committed to social justice.
Our approach to the subject is through student-centred and research-led teaching. You’ll study in smaller seminar groups, led in person by our academic 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 and placements which will enable you to develop key critical skills, such as being able to analyse complex problems and offer solutions with evidence and work creatively with others. We believe these abilities will be essential for your future career and will be greatly valued beyond university.
We’ve developed excellent relationships with local community groups giving students the opportunity to make a real difference to the world around them. These range from the local and national Jewish, Quaker, Hindu and Buddhist communities to the Glastonbury Heathen and Pagan communities, as well as interfaith and environmental organisations.
You’ll have the opportunity to take part in field trips to India, Italy and various sites across the UK including Glastonbury, Avebury and local venues such as Shri Krishna Hindu Mandir, Cheltenham Synagogue, New Kadampa Buddhist meditation centre and Quakers Meeting House. We also offer a dynamic and growing programme of placement opportunities where you can work on research projects in the field with a number of organisations and charities who are involved with issues concerning social justice and sustainability.
Your University experience is much more than gaining a degree – you’ll have the chance to engage with the issues that interest you most, and gain the confidence to take the next step in your life.