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Bachelor of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (Hons)
Bachelor of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (Hons)

Bachelor of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (Hons)

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

English requirements

  • Grade 4/C in English and 4/D Mathematics.
  • IGCSE English at grade C or above.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (with minimum 5.5 in each band).
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 58 (with no less than 42 in any band).
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 79 with band scores of reading 18, writing 17, listening 17, speaking 20.

Course Information

Studying Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at Hertfordshire will enable you to explore the connections and contradictions between thought and faith in the world today.

You may have taken Religious Studies at A-level or be fascinated by how religious belief is a driving force behind social and political events in today’s globalised world.

This degree course offers you the opportunity to explore the beliefs that guide people’s lives using the logical and critical skills gained through philosophical inquiry.

You’ll be taught by internationally regarded academics, who will help you understand how the practices of religion and philosophy have influenced – and been influenced by – the modern world. You’ll learn to address the arguments and beliefs of others and to engage with them, so that you can arrive at your own conclusions and create your own original work.

All our lecturers are active researchers, so you’ll share the excitement of doing original work in a supportive and highly-rated academic community. Our Philosophy team is in the top 15 in the Guardian League Table 2019 and rates as one of the 100 best Philosophy departments worldwide in the 2017 QS rankings.

In your first year you’ll take philosophy modules exploring ethics, mind, knowledge and reality alongside an introduction to four of the major world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. This will be given a modern context through a module on religion and the contemporary world.

Seminars in your first year will explore how to investigate and discuss different beliefs and ideas and to develop your critical thinking, all within a respectful and empathetic environment.

In your second year you’ll study the philosophies of religion, and explore virtues, vices and ethics. Focusing on specific virtues such as forgiveness, hope or love from both a secular and religious point of view, you’ll examine what it means to live a good life.

Alongside options in your final year to explore religion and popular culture, as well as feminist and political philosophy, your dissertation will allow you to develop your particular interests, perhaps encompassing an exploration of some aspect of your own religious belief system.

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Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6.  These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study.  Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.  

Level 4

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Reason and Persuasion, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Philosophy of Film and Literature, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Introduction to World Religions, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Religion and the Contemporary World, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Social and Political Philosophy, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Mind, Knowledge and Reality, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Ethics, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • The Meaning of Life, 15 Credits, Compulsory

Level 5

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Graduate Skills, 0 Credits, Compulsory
  • Philosophies of Religion, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Virtues, Vices and Ethics, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Themes in Plato's Republic, 15 Credits, Optional
  • The Right and The Good, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Philosophy of Mind, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Knowledge and Discovery, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Philosophy of Art, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Logic and Philosophy, 15 Credits, Optional

Level 6

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Aristotle P, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Nietzsche, Genealogy and Morality, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Philosophy of Language, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Philosophy of Psychology, 15 Credits, Optional


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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Studying philosophy teaches you to ask penetrating questions and identify flawed arguments – skills highly valued in a number of professions, including law. It also enables you to develop many other transferable skills sought by employers, such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to communicate ideas in a structured, productive way.

Our graduates have an excellent record of securing roles in a range of industries including teaching, the media, publishing and information management. For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with our School of Education. Many graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

All Humanities students have the option to gain valuable career experience through work placement or a year studying abroad.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance-Single: 300 GBP/year

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