Our Philosophy courses are ranked 9th in the UK for student satisfaction according to the Complete University Guide 2021
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. 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 from across the UK and Europe.
You’ll be inspired on field trips with past visits to Delhi and Rishikesh in Northern India, in addition to the beautiful Mezquita Cathedral in Córdoba, Spain. There are also local trips to places including Leicester’s Diwali festival, a world-famous event that celebrates Hinduism and its history, the Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir in London and the ancient heart of Christianity in Glastonbury, which is also contemporary home of the New Age and Paganism.
Learning through interactive workshops, debates, presentations and portfolios you’ll develop expert knowledge and transferable skills that are in high demand by employers.