Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (BA Hons)

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

BA (Hons)

Open your mind

Explore "the big questions" on this landmark course, the first of its kind in the UK.

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Amazing experiences

Unique opportunities to focus on questions, not answers.

John Lee receiving tilak blessing on the banks of the river Ganges.

Joe Lee, RPE student receiving tilak blessing on the banks of the river Ganges.

Muslim devotee at Nizamuddin Shrine in New Delhi.

Student taken photo of Muslim devotee at Nizamuddin Shrine in New Delhi.

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Being Human Journal of Philosophy written and produced by RPE students.

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William Large, Course Leader in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics.

Martin Wood

Course Leader in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

"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 that I had along the way made me realise how central religion is to most peoples lives on a day to day basis whether it is 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 U.K. and India. I also have an interest in examining the current relationship between religion, populism and national identity."

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Course outline

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.

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Study style

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 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. The course encourages an open forum with small group discussions to exchange ideas. Tutors talk you through classical philosophical and religious texts. You'll also learn through seminars, field trips and online resources such as podcasts and videos.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Beyond Good and Evil' to 'Emergent Spiritualities'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Industry links

We have developed excellent relationships with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Wales), the post lineage yoga community and the Glastonbury Heathen and Pagan communities. We also offer a number of field trip opportunities, for example to India, the United States and destinations in Europe and more locally to Glastonbury, the Leicester Divalli celebrations and the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden.


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  • Ethical Technology Development
  • Local and National Government
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    Study mode



    3 Years (Full-Time)
    4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


    Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

    Entry requirements

    Tariff information for 2021 entry

    96 tariff points

    Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

    Typical offers

    BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

    Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

    International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

    Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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    UCAS Codes

    UCAS codes available for this subject
    BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeVV65
    BA (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageVV66

    School of Education and Humanities

    Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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