BA Religious Studies and Philosophy
A degree in Religious studies and Philosophy combine two of the great disciplines that address the very meaning of life (and death), asking some of the fundamental questions about who we are, what we are and where are we going (or do we think we are going, and why).
A Joint Honours programme in Religious Studies and Philosophy offers students an exciting and attractive collaboration.
Religious Studies and Philosophy are cognate subjects that deal with ideas and the impact of ideas on human society. Both are concerned with questions central to human existence: the nature of truth, change, goodness and justice. Religious Studies provides an essential point of reference for many ideas and thinkers, indeed many of the ‘greatest’ thinkers have themselves speculated on the truth claims of religion.
Both disciplines examine the big questions - Who are we? What is our place in the world? How should we live? What is reality? They approache such questions through argument, but also through vision and imagination. Philosophy concerns every aspect of our lives, practical as well as theoretical. Through its grounding in real social relations and human activities, it seeks to understand and address the whole spectrum of social, ethical, environmental and political issues of today. Through such contemplation, we are able not only to understand life, but to shape it. If your interests extend to life, the universe and everything, if you want to develop a rich set of life-enhancing skills and the power to influence positive change, then our Religious studies and Philosophy degree might be just for you
- Perspectives on Living Religions
- Asian Religious Traditions
- Religion, Society and Culture
- International Study Tour
- Sects, Self and Society
- Sacred Journeys and Holy Sites
- Imagining the Other: Theories of Religion
- Sex and Violence: Religion in the Modern World
- Applied Ethics
- Early Modern Philosophy
- Mind and Metaphysics
- Modern European Philosophy
- Moral Philosophy
- Phenomenology and Existentialism
- Philosophical Problems
- Taught by subject specialists
- Opportunity to develop independent research projects
- Broad range of options
- Excellent library facilities
- Opportunities for study tours; previous trips have included Israel, Egypt, Jerusalem, New York, Rome
The School uses a wide range of assessment methods so that students develop a variety of skills that will stand them in good stead in the professional world. In addition to traditional essay assessments, the school uses learning journals, book reviews, textual analyses, group presentations and examinations. For instance on the School’s popular study tours to religious sites students are able to submit a learning journal of their experiences. Other modules require students to work together in groups, make presentations and creatively explore the interface between media and religion.
Learning and Teaching methods
The programme offer introductory and intermediate modules that enhance knowledge and understanding, and more narrowly focussed modules which enable students to engage in more in-depth and analytical study. The programme’s content makes excellent use of staff expertise, most of whom are engaged in research and publication. Field trips, study tours, visiting speakers, invitations for BA students to research seminars all enhance the programme of study. In addition to this, students have the opportunity to enrol in some classes in other Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and to undertake their own study project or dissertation in their final year. All of these initiatives are strengthened by clear student guidance by lecturers and personal tutors.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
- Social Services
- International aid and charity organisations
- Media and Journalism
- Teaching, research and postgraduate opportunities
- Politics and Civil Service
A Joint honours BA degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy is a highly desirable qualification in terms of engaging in a multi-cultural, multi-faith society. It is a sought after degree by employers who want staff to engage with a diverse society. Consequently, many of our students find employment and build careers in social services, counselling, nursing, policing, fire and rescue services. A number of students move onto a PGCE in primary or secondary Religious Education. Other students seek to add to their BA by pursuing postgraduate studies that involve an aspect of religion from the world’s great traditions.
Trinity Saint David is widely recognized for mobilizing its students for the world of work. An active programme of employment-related activities is offered by Student Services; the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies regularly builds bridges for its students to employment related activities endorsed by the University. Each year Trinity Saint David is at or near the top of Universities in Great Britain with the highest percentage of graduated students in work or seeking higher qualification.
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
There is an optional field trip connected to a module for second and third year students to visit religious sites first hand. The Faculty subsidises this trip but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. The Faculty aims to keep the cost in the range £400-£700.
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA Religious Studies and Philosophy at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.