BA single honours or in combination with another subject Religion, Philosophy and Ethics 2016/17

People study religion, philosophy and ethics for a variety of reasons. Some come from a particular faith background; others found it an interesting subject at school or college, while others see it as a very useful subject for a variety of careers. The BA in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics enables students to explore a wide range of religious traditions and their connections with philosophical and moral issues of contemporary relevance. Religious, philosophical and ethical concerns feature regularly in the media. A sound knowledge and an in-depth appreciation of philosophical and ethical issues and their relationship to a range of religious traditions is crucial in making sense of contemporary society. The Religion, Philosophy and Ethics programme at Canterbury Christ Church University offers a challenging and stimulating course that encourages critical thinking and offers the opportunity for lively debate.

Students on this programme are also eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree.

Students can choose between the BA (Single Hons) in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics and the BA (Hons) in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics combined with another subject. The programme is divided into modules. With the exception of the 40 credit single honours dissertation (year 3), each module counts for 20 credits of study. In any year, a full-time student is expected to take 120 credits. Combined honours students take some of their modules in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics and the remainder in their other subject.

In Year 1 all students, single honours and combined honours, are required to take the following modules: Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, Introduction to the Study of Religion. Single Honours students are also required to study the following modules: Introduction to Christianity, Introduction to Biblical Studies, Theology and Social Justice.

In the second year a module from the Selected Topics in Ethics category (e.g. Ethics in World Religions) is a prerequisite for the final year Religion, Philosophy and Ethics dissertation or extended research essay.

Students also take modules from one or more of the following categories: Selected Texts in Philosophy (e.g. Kant, Chinese Philosophy, Religion and Science); Selected Topics in Religion (e.g. Islam, Judaism, Buddhism); Selected Topics in Social Justice (e.g. Religion and Community, Theology and Popular Culture); Selected Texts in Biblical Studies (e.g. Gospel and Letters of John).

All Single Honours students must take the Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Dissertation (40 credits). All Combined Honours students must take the Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Extended Research Essay (20 credits).

In Year 3 students also take modules from one or more of the following categories: Advanced Topics in Ethics (e.g. Religion, Gender and Sexuality); Advanced Topics in Philosophy (e.g. Indian Philosophies, British Idealism); Advanced Topics in Religion (e.g. Religions in the Contemporary World, Criticism of Religion, Religion and Visual Culture); Advanced Topics in Social Justice (e.g. Political Theology); Advanced Topics in Biblical Studies (e.g. Biblical Interpretation).

Graduate careers include teaching at every level, various roles in religious institutions, development work, community-based roles, aspects of welfare, social care and counselling and careers in local and central government policy-making and administrative departments. Religion, Philosophy and Ethics graduates are also in demand in human resources or general management roles, in journalism and broadcasting and library and information management. A substantial proportion of our graduates continue with postgraduate study including teacher training.

Transferable skills gained on your course:

  • Research, analysis and presentation skills
  • The ability to interpret and synthesise information and formulate questions and solve problems
  • The ability to understand the meaning of complex written documents
  • Organisational and time management skills
  • Team working and communication skills
  • Writing skills, including accurate referencing and the ability to construct a reasoned argument
  • IT skills
  • Empathy and the ability to understand people and take on board others’ views
  • The ability to work methodically and accurately
  • Independence of mind and the ability to think for yourself

Download a fact sheet with more information about your career options with Religion, Philosophy and Ethics.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The following strategies apply equally to all levels of this programme:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • individual tutorials
  • visits and visiting speakers
  • reading and research
  • coursework essays and written examinations
  • portfolios
  • IT, internet and e-Learning

Assessment forms will typically include:

  • essays (of varying lengths)
  • oral presentations
  • portfolios/PDPs
  • book reviews
  • individual study
We encourage students to spend time abroad because we understand the importance of personal and academic growth during your university career. As part of this programme you can apply to our internal competition to study at one of our exchange partners in the USA or Canada as part of your degree. To find out more please visit our Study in North America web page.

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UCAS code

  • V627 Religion, Philosophy and Ethics


  • 3 years full-time

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