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Religion, Politics and Society BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    This interdisciplinary programme gives you an in-depth and critical understanding of the role of religion in society and politics across local communities, including the UK, American, African and South Asian contexts.

    Combining topics across religious studies, politics, international relations and sociology, you’ll gain an insight into the complexity of religion, politics and society in relation to issues such as migration, race and ethnicity, development, environment, conflict and violence, sexuality and gender.

    Core modules will introduce you to key concepts and approaches in religious studies, politics and sociology, and you’ll even carry out fieldwork with religious groups in this diverse and multi-faith city. But you’ll also choose from optional modules that reflect our wide range of research interests, so you can focus on topics that appeal to you. It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore some of the most important issues affecting public life today.

    Leeds has great facilities for students of religious studies. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – valuable potential 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

    Core modules in your first year will introduce you to key approaches in sociology, political and religious studies. You’ll also put these into the context of modern Britain, and enhance your understanding by undertaking fieldwork with a local religious group. Then you’ll be able to choose from a range of optional modules or take discovery modules from across the University.

    Throughout the next two years, you’ll only have one core taught module, allowing you to place the study of religion in context. Instead you’ll choose from an even broader selection of optional modules, allowing you to specialise in the issues and geographical regions that interest you. By your final year, you’ll have gained important skills such as research and analysis, which you’ll apply when you undertake an independent research project or dissertation on a topic of your choice.

    Course structure

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

    Year 1

    Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules.

    Compulsory modules

    • Comparative Politics 20 credits
    • Introduction to Academic Skills 5 credits
    • Sociology of Modern Societies 20 credits
    • Religion, Politics and Society in the Modern World 10 credits
    • Introduction to the Study of Religion/s 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.

    • Global Development Challenges 20 credits
    • International Politics 20 credits
    • Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas 20 credits
    • Identities, Inequalities and Policy in Contemporary Society 20 credits
    • Introduction to the Study of Islam 10 credits
    • Religion in Modern Britain 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.

    • British Central Government 20 credits
    • Spin Doctors and Electioneering 20 credits
    • Emotions, Power and Contemporary Society 20 credits
    • Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control 20 credits
    • Religion, Gender and Society 20 credits
    • The Sikh tradition 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.

    • The Politics of national identity in the UK 20 credits
    • Parliaments and the Public 20 credits
    • Sexualities and Society 20 credits
    • Education, Culture and Society 20 credits
    • Religion, Politics and the Future 20 credits
    • The Religious Mapping of Leeds 40 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Religion, Politics and Society 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.

    To help you benefit from their knowledge and experience, we use a range of teaching and learning methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also an integral part of the degree – it’s an opportunity to develop your skills in research, interpretation and analysis.

    Assessment

    We also use different types of assessment, which usually include a mixture of exams and essays. However, some modules may also assess you on oral presentations or group work. We offer plenty of support to help you manage assessments, and you’ll be able to attend extra classes on issues like exam technique and public speaking throughout your time at Leeds.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB

    • 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: DDM. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      M1, M1, M1.

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 points overall including 16 at Higher Level

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, or AABBBB 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: 77%.


    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 BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students taking Access courses, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    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: BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

    International

    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

    Fees

    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 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 starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also 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

    This degree will give you a valuable insight into many of the issues and challenges facing communities today, and will allow you to develop deeper cultural awareness. You’ll also develop transferable skills that are valuable to all kinds of employers.

    You’ll be a confident communicator who works well in a team, but you’ll also be capable of working independently. You’ll have strong research skills and be able to analyse information from a range of sources, before drawing your own conclusions.

    Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers as a result, such as politics, the civil service, journalism, the media, education, management and politics. Others have pursued postgraduate study in a variety of disciplines.

    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 look great on your CV.

    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.