Philosophy and Theology and Religious Studies BA

From the nature of knowledge and reality to faith and its role in society, this varied and exciting degree explores the world's important questions and how people have tried to answer them.

Core modules will introduce you to the key concepts, approaches and issues in theology and religious studies, as well as great ideas, thinkers and the skills needed to think about philosophy. A wide range of optional modules across your subjects, will allow you to develop your understanding and focus on the subjects that interest you.

You could study specific traditions from Christianity and Islam to South Asian religions, or you could focus on areas such as sin, ethics, sex and gender, aesthetics, political philosophy, the history and philosophy of science and the roles that religion plays in public life around the world. It's an opportunity to gain a broad base of skills while gaining insight into some of the driving forces behind how people see and respond to daily life.

Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy, theology and religious studies. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections - valuable assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

  • Course content

    A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    You'll spend your first year taking core modules introducing you to the key issues, methods and approaches in studying philosophy and religion, as well as selecting from optional modules on topics such as the philosophy of religion, political philosophy or specific religious traditions from around the world.

    From this knowledge base, you'll branch out over the next two years to specialise in some of the topics that interest you. You'll choose from a central philosophy module to study and then be free to focus on whichever area suits you, ranging from ethics, politics, the philosophy of science and feminist philosophy to the philosophy of religion. At the same time, you'll choose freely from a variety of modules in theology and religious studies such as Buddhism, the Hebrew Bible, sin and the links between faith and gender.

    Throughout your degree you'll be expanding your knowledge base and developing your skills in research, interpretation and critical thinking. In your final year you'll be able to put them into practice, when you specialise in a topic of your choice to complete an independent research project.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    You'll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: AAB

      • Career opportunities

        A Joint Honours degree in Philosophy and Theology and Religious Studies will equip you with a wide range of subject knowledge as well as valuable transferable skills that stand out to employers.

        You'll be able to think clearly and logically and construct solid arguments, as well as having cultural awareness and the ability to look at situations from different perspectives. You'll have strong communication skills and be comfortable working independently or in a team. In addition, you'll have good research skills and the organisational skills needed to manage two challenging subjects.

        Graduates are attractive to a wide range of employers as a result, and they've gone on to succeed in diverse careers in journalism, the media, education, the civil service, politics, management and the charity sector. Many also progress to postgraduate study.

        Careers support

        We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

        Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

        The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

      • Study abroad and work placements

        All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It's a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will really enhance your CV. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.

        The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. You could be taught in English, German or Czech - language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

        Read more about study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

        Work placements

        Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

        Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

  • BA Award
    September Start
    Full-time Study Mode
    3 years Duration
    VVM6 UCAS Code

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