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Philosophy and Theology and Religious Studies BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    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

    • How to Think Clearly and Argue Well 20 credits
    • Introduction to Academic Skills 5 credits
    • Introduction to the Study of Religion/s 10 credits
    • Introducing Theology 10 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong 20 credits
    • Knowledge, Self and Reality 20 credits
    • Great Philosophical Thinkers 20 credits
    • Introduction to the Study of Islam 10 credits
    • Studying Christianity 10 credits
    • Religion, Politics and Society in the Modern World 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Studying Religion in Context 20 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Formal Logic 20 credits
    • Ethics of Life and Death 10 credits
    • Topics in Epistemology: Knowledge and Justification 20 credits
    • Introduction to Metaphysics 20 credits
    • Theology and Religious Studies Students into Schools 20 credits
    • Hindu Traditions 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Final Year Project 40 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Muslims in Britain: Transnational Communities and Multicultural Politics 20 credits
    • Religions and Global Development 20 credits
    • Sin 20 credits
    • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art 20 credits
    • The Structure of Reality 20 credits
    • Philosophy of Modern Physics 20 credits
    • Philosophy and Spiritual Life 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Philosophy and Theology and Religious Studies BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science is home to tutors who are at the forefront of research in their fields.

    We use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops to help you benefit from their expertise. However, independent study remains a vital element of the degree, since it provides the opportunity to develop your research, interpretation and analytical skills.


    We also use different types of assessment. These usually include exams and essays, but some modules may also use oral presentations and group work as assessed components. We offer plenty of support to help you manage assessments: for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on structuring essays and public speaking throughout your time at Leeds.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.

    • BTEC

      BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall including 16 at Higher Level

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or AAAABB in Highers, or AAAABB in Highers

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 80%.

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • 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

    Study abroad

    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.