BA (Hons) Religions, Philosophies and Ethics – Bath Spa University

Religions, Philosophies and Ethics

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Religions, Philosophies and Ethics
School/s
School of Humanities
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: VV65 or VV66
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

Explore the world and the challenges it faces through different traditions of thought, belief, and values.

  • Combine professional skills and opportunities with subject knowledge in an innovative Religions, Philosophies and Ethics course.
  • Develop practical and professional skills and apply them to contemporary challenges, issues and debates.
  • Explore the next stage in your career - our graduates have gone on to work with leading employers and in a wide range of roles.

Our innovative Religions, Philosophies and Ethics degree has been designed to enable you to acquire specialised subject knowledge while developing practical and professional skills that you can apply to contemporary challenges, issues and debates.

This course draws together different disciplines and traditions of thought, which you will address individually, as well as exploring the connections between them. You’ll gain insights into fundamentally different ways of seeing and explaining the world, reflecting on your own beliefs, values and assumptions. It will be intellectually challenging, you’ll consider practical responses to current issues, through projects with environmental charities, faith groups, and community organisations.


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What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll explore religions, philosophies and ethics from a global perspective, not just a Western one. We examine the philosophies and ethics of the Indian subcontinent and China, and a range of religious traditions, from Buddhism to Christianity to Paganism.

We relate these systems and traditions to topical and emerging issues in the contemporary world: gender, identity, our relationship to the natural work and environmental crisis, among many others. The course is dynamic, staying up-to-date with changing religious and philosophical thinking, and the context in which these changes takes place. It demands, and helps you to develop, rigorous and systematic thinking.

 

Course structure

Year One
Introductions and foundations: develop your understanding of the global dimension of religious, philosophical and ethical thinking, and follow a broad curriculum which allows you to ask questions, challenge your own assumptions, interrogate evidence, data and opinions.

Year Two
Practical, applied, relevant: this year combines the academic study of non-Western and Western traditions of thought with the acquisition of professional skills and the application of your knowledge and understanding to a defined problem or idea.

Year Three
Achievement, consolidation, creativity: your final project in the third year brings all this together. You’ll identify your own area of study, develop your proposal and put it into practice. This might be an extended piece of academic writing, but it might also be an exhibition, community project, or the creation of digital resources.

Optional modules explore issues in contemporary religion, philosophy and society. You can opt to undertake detailed research or an employment-related project through the Dissertation and Advanced Project modules.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is primarily by coursework such as essays, reports, presentations, and online discussion boards. There are some timed assessments, as well as opportunities to work on creative projects such as making a film or designing a website.

How will I be taught?

We offer lectures, seminars and workshops, and support you throughout your degree with individual tutorials. Visits and encounters with people from different religious backgrounds and traditions of belief form an important part of our teaching.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Truth and Reality
  • God and Reason
  • Worlds of Ideas
  • Narratives of Belonging
  • Protest and Persuasion
  • Thinking Together: Humanities in the 21st Century

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Religious Ethics in the Contemporary World
  • Asian Philosophies
  • Ecology and Nature
  • Digital Humanities
  • Transformative Communities
  • Working Together
  • Reading Philosophy
  • Atheism and Unbelief

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Religions, Philosophies and Ethics Project
  • Asian Philosophies
  • Ecology and Nature
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Making Sex
  • God and Genes
  • Life and Meaning
  • Spiritual Revolution

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain, Sweden and the USA.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork and visits are an integral part of the course. We visit religious communities, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and churches.

Work placements, industry links and internships

We have excellent links with third sector organisations, working with environmental and educational charities, as well as others. These links support your study, as we’ll explore how religious, philosophical and ethical perspectives can be applied to current issues.

Careers

Our graduates have careers in:

  • The police service
  • Health administration
  • Education
  • Social work
  • Journalism

Many graduates go on to train as teachers – the course is widely respected as a foundation for a career in education.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is based at our Newton Park campus, which combines outstanding modern facilities with a beautiful setting.

Resources

The Library provides many core resources, both in print and online. We draw on a wide range of resources, and encourage the use – and creation – of different materials.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

UK students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

International students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,910
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Our students come from a range of different backgrounds. We look for individuals with an enquiring mind and a willingness to explore new areas of thought and belief.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BBC-CCC preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in any subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required.
    Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Programme Coordinator: Dr Paul Reid-Bowen
Email: p.reid-bowen@bathspa.ac.uk

Three year course
With placement year

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