This course scored =1st in the UK overall satisfaction in philosophy, theology and religious studies in the National Student Survey 2020 and ranked 7th overall according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.
Our Philosophy courses are ranked 9th in the UK for student satisfaction according to the Complete University Guide 2021.
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at University of Gloucestershire 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. As a student of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, you will 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 students 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 that you have to experience the subject and so we regularly take Religion, Philosophy and Ethics out of the lecture room into the world. We have organised international field trips to India and Spain, as well as local field trips in the UK. Our degree also provides opportunities, alongside other placements, for students to work with local charities and communities who are committed to social justice. We believe that it is 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.
Our approach to the subject is through student-centred and research led teaching and you will study in smaller seminar groups with our academically respected subject experts and a variety of guest speakers. As part of our progressive teaching approach we engage with you directly through stimulating interactive sessions that involve activities such as discussions, debates, and presentations. This allows our students to make the most of class time while developing key critical skills such as being able to analyse complex problems and offer solutions with evidence. We believe these are the abilities needed for whatever future careers our students choose and will greatly valued in the world beyond university.