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Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (BA) - Distance Learning

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The programme challenges students to think about ‘big questions’ regarding the nature of reality, morality, belief, faith and the meaning of life.

Students get the opportunity to study modules on spiritual and religious traditions from around the world, in addition to others that discuss topics such as media representations, the ethics of killing and animal rights.



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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Distance-learning offers a flexible approach to studying.
  2. This programme is taught to you via our unique distance-learning platform, so you can carry on working and keep up with your family commitments while you study for your BA degree.
  3. The opportunity for online seminars.
  4. Support from a personal tutor.
  5. Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The programme not only explores the big philosophical and religious questions, but also explores the impact of that philosophical, religious, and ethical debates have on real world situations.

It will explore a wide range of historical, political, and social issues and help students to find new ways to address not only age-old debates, but also contemporary challenges.    

Module Topics
  • Academic Skills
  • Spirituality: From Ancient Times to the Present
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Introduction to Religion
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • God and the World
  • Violence
  • Theology and Interreligious Encounter
  • Religion in Latin America
  • Freedom, Agency and Responsibility
  • Metaethics
  • Religion and the Media
  • The Meaning of Life
  • Sex and Gender
  • Chinese Religion and Thought
  • Ethics of Killing
  • Humans, Animals and Machines
  • Celtic Sanctity and Spirituality
  • Dissertation

Assessment will primarily be via coursework assignments.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

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.

Career Opportunities

You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment. Types of employment could include museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching.

Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500

Individual trips: c. £5 - £50

Related Courses

Theology and Philosophy (BA)

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UCAS Code: V502

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