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Philosophy and Theology

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Pass access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at level 3. Of the 45 level 3 credits at least 30 should be achieved at distinction.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M1,M2

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

Considered on an individual basis. Please contact the school for further information.

Considered on an individual basis. Please contact the school for further information.

Considered on an individual basis. Please contact the school for further information.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A

including Scottish Highers AABBB

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Advanced Higher grades AA and above.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

plus grades AB at A level.

UCAS Tariff

112-147

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Theology

Philosophy

Religion and philosophy are two of the most profound influences on individuals and society. By studying them together you'll get to understand:
- the overlaps and differences between the two

- how they can support and disagree with each other

- their personal, historical, and cultural importance

You'll cover issues from the deeply personal to society-wide concerns, giving you a greater understanding of different ways of living.
This degree will transform how you think and feel about fundamental issues of human existence.

**Theology**
- Study biblical writings together with key thinkers, ideas, events and movements that shaped the course of Western Christian thought

- Examine the key texts, thinkers, ideas and events in the history of Islam and Judaism

- Opportunity to learn ancient Greek and Hebrew

**Philosophy**
- Study topics, figures, and themes from across the Western, Indian and Chinese traditions

- Explore crime and justice, race and gender, politics and religion, the environment and society

- Learn to apply philosophical thinking to everyday issues

You don't need to have formally studied either Theology or Philosophy to take this degree.

**Combine with other subjects**
You may also combine Theology and Philosophy with other subjects in our Liberal Arts BA.

Modules

In year one, you will have core modules in central philosophical problems as well as a choice of optional modules, whilst gaining a broad foundation in the critical study of the Bible, the historical development of Christian thought, modern Christian ideas, and Islamic tradition. During year two, you’ll choose from a variety of optional modules, building on material studied in year one. In Theology, you’ll take a core module in Philosophy of Religion, as well as the possibility to study in more depth areas. Your final year allows you to choose from a variety of modules including writing a dissertation on a topic of your own choice. In Theology, there is a wide range of choices, and you may concentrate on philosophical approaches to religion.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£19,000
per year
International
£19,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

Department of Philosophy

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
low
Theology
88%
med
Philosophy

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Theology and religious studies

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

Philosophy

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Theology and religious studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
46%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals

Theology can actually be a very vocational subject —by far the most common move for theology graduates is to go into the clergy and at the moment we have a serious shortage of people willing to go into what is one of the oldest graduate careers. If you want to study theology but don't want to follow a religious career, then there are plenty of options available. 2015 graduates went into all sorts of jobs requiring a degree, from education and community work, to marketing, HR and financial analysis. Postgraduate study is also popular — a lot of theology graduates train as teachers, or go into Masters or even doctoral study - where philosophy and law are very popular postgraduate subjects of study.

Philosophy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,198
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
45%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
8%
Teaching and educational professionals

Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are a relatively popular option, with more than 2,000 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2015 - a little down on previous years, but still healthy. Nearly a quarter of philosophy graduates take a postgraduate qualification, and it's a relatively common subject at both Masters and doctorate level — so if you think academic life might be for you, think ahead about how you might fund further study. For those who go into work, philosophy grads tend to go into teaching, accountancy, consulting, journalism, PR, housing, marketing, human resources and the arts while a few go into the computer industry every year, where their logical training is highly rated.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Philosophy and religious studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£25k

£25k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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