Controversial, thought-provoking, complex and profound, this course taught me not to accept things at face value. I try to keep an open mind at all times, particularly when it comes to religion.



Religious, philosophical and ethical concerns often feature in the media and underpin a range of controversial issues in the world we share.

If you like thinking about and debating these subjects, then you’ll enjoy this course.

You’ll be taught by an experienced team of academics who have published widely on topics such as religion, gender and sexuality, contemporary food ethics, religion and literature, conflicts over Jewish identity and interfaith dialogue.

Why Study Religion, Philosophy and Ethics? 

Are you fascinated by religions and their role in shaping our diverse, globalised and multicultural world? If the answer is yes, our course will introduce you to the diversity and complexity of contemporary religious traditions.

Our challenging and stimulating course will help you to gain sound knowledge and an in-depth appreciation of philosophical and ethical issues affecting contemporary society and you'll explore their relationship to different religious traditions. You will study different ethical theories so that you can develop as an open minded and independent critical thinker. You'll have opportunities engage in lively debate and will explore issues from a critical perspective. 

The Guardian University League Tables 2022

Top ten in the UK for student satisfaction for the overall quality of the course in the subject area of Religious Studies and Theology.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

In Year 1, you'll have opportunities to study different religious and philosophical traditions, and explore how these relate to ethical theories and issues. You'll also learn about different areas of theological inquiry.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. 

In Year One combined honours students will take three core modules. These modules differ depending on the combining subject. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subject and align with the specific combination. You can see the list of core modules for each combination here.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials and will typically have between 9 and 12 contact hours per week.

Seminars and tutorials in small groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. You'll also be supported by a personal tutor. 

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

93% of our Theology and Religious Studies students were satisfied with the learning opportunities on their course. 

National Student Survey 2021 

When not attending lectures, seminars, tutorials or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through independent study. Typically, this involves reading books and articles from academic journals, undertaking research in the library and preparing for coursework assignments, examinations, or seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and activities to complete before class.

For the Individual Study (single honours students) or the Extended Research Essay (combined honours students) in Year 3, you will undertake independent research, working under the supervision of an academic tutor who you'll meet with regularly to discuss your work.

Your overall workload typically consists of between 9 and 12 contact hours each week. You will also undertake 15-18 hours of independent learning and assessment activity. In addition, there may be field trips. 

You will be taught by highly qualified academics. All tutors are research-active, publish regularly in their field and have experience in delivering high quality teaching. You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students assist in teaching and assessing some modules, however, our permanent programme team teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

Do you enjoy lively debates? Exploring deep questions? Reading complex texts? Interested in the various ways people have tried to figure out what the purpose of life is? Come and study Religion, Philosophy and Ethics with an experienced team of experts and join the discussion.

Dr Maria DeimlingReligion, Philosophy and Ethics Programme Director

How you’ll be assessed

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics is assessed primarily by coursework and some exams. Most of your work will consist of the writing of essays, and some modules will feature assessment by examination alongside a coursework essay, depending on what best suits a particular topic or discipline.


Providing feedback on your coursework and explaining how to improve your work is an important aspect of our teaching. You will receive feedback on all formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module tutor. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We will normally provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in for formal coursework assessment.

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

75% Coursework
25% Written exams

Your future career

The Religion, Philosophy and Ethics degree opens up routes into teaching, through the PGCE, and prepares you for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD. In the context of contemporary, multicultural Britain, many public sector institutions such as the police, the civil service, and the social services, value people with expertise in this area who can support diversity and inclusion. This qualification will also help prepare and develop you for various roles in religious institutions, roles in charities and not- for-profit organisations, in development work, community leadership roles, and aspects of welfare.

I must say that I have nothing but praise for the quality of teaching, intellectual enquiry and stimulation, and professional support I have received at undergraduate and graduate level, from both the teaching and non-teaching staff.

Stéphane SaulnierGraduate

Combination courses

Combined UCAS Codes


Course UCAS Code Placement Year
Applied Criminology MV96 -
Business Management VN61 N1L4
Education Studies XV3P -
English Literature QV36 -
Media and Communications P309 -
Politics LV26 -
Public Relations and Media PR11 -
Theology V620 -
Archaeology V4VP  
International Relations LN4W  

Combined Honours explained.



Tuition Fees for some 2022/23 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

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