Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (extended degree)

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  • Learn through real-world application
  • Be taught by leading experts
  • Tailor your degree to your own areas of interest
  • Cover a diverse range of topics


What is the relationship between the White House and the African American Freedom Struggle? How has our understanding of gender and sexuality changed? What can philosophy offer to the understanding of Religion? On this degree, you will cover a broad range of topics that will provide you with the in-depth knowledge and understanding to contemplate questions such as these. You will frequently consider news in the media and have the opportunity to tackle themes that include misunderstandings, understandings and implications of Jihad, the ethics of abortion, euthanasia, war and terrorism, and the environment and how Christian ethics are reflected in the media, arts, literature and film. As you progress through this course, you will develop highly transferable and employable skills whilst tailoring your studies according to you own areas of interest.

The extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Philosophy/Religion and Ethics at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

What topics will you cover?

You will explore Philosophy, Religion and Ethics as both separate and integrated disciplines. You will consider the connections between being human and ethics, philosophy and politics, human and animal rights, genocide, and sex, love and death, from historical and contemporary perspectives. You will deal with important questions that face our societies today, challenging traditional answers and thoughts regarding public policy, community life and personal choice. Although Western thought forms a backdrop to this degree, you will be able to study Islam, Hinduism and Black American and African contexts. This will provide you with a secure sense of how different ethnic and socio-economic groups offer crucial interdisciplinary and intercultural insights.

How you will learn

Discussion and debate lie at the heart of this course and you will be taught through a variety of methods and formats, including traditional lectures and individual tutorials, class discussions and seminars, some of which are assessed.

Preparing for your career

This degree will open up multiple career pathways, whether you are thinking about a career in education, business, politics, law or media, or any field that requires an expert grasp of the complex nature of public policy and personal choices.

Each year of this course dedicates time to developing your professional, transferable skills so that by the time you graduate, you will be ready for your career, have built professional contacts and have some work experience. In your first year, you will learn skills such as critical thinking and analysis, time and project management, identifying and researching sources. In your second year, these skills will be developed and you will also have an opportunity to take a language module or undertake a work placement to engage with real-world environments. In your final year, you will undertake a substantial research project of your choosing.

The University offers extensive career support, with a dedicated career service, excellent connections with organisations and businesses and an annual employability workshop where you will meet former students and employers from various industries.

During the foundation year, you will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes two modules that will explore the elements of humanities, providing you with a subject specific knowledge in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics, which is essential for success in your degree.

In your first year you will cover the key elements that will allow you to understand the fundamental matters that you will encounter on this degree. You will explore classical and modern philosophy, religion, and ethics.

In your second year, you will have diverse module choices that will allow you to develop your own interests. You could choose to study, for example, the history of race or gender, Islamic and Indian contexts in the west, or political philosophy and its morality and ethics. You will also have the option to learn a language with our Languages for All programme and take a work placement as part of your course.

In your third year you will only have two compulsory modules, one of which deals with belief and unbelief, and the second with love, sex, death and faith. Both focus on the human and experiential outlook and integrate the three different disciplines. You will have free range to tailor your third year to your research interests, with topics as varied as animal rights, human rights, Islam and women, the Holocaust, and philosophy of law.

Graduates in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics can go on to various careers including working in law, politics, journalism, broadcasting, education, international development, charitable organisations, community and social services, or pursue academic careers in colleges and universities.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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