Philosophy of Religion and Ethics MA

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
Online exclusive
Duration
12 months full time
24 months part time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant discipline.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
UK fees
£11,500 (Total)
International fees
£11,500 (Total)

Course overview

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This course addresses fundamental questions in philosophy of religion and ethics and is taught entirely online.

Drawing on the School’s outstanding research in philosophy of religion and ethics (PRE), you’ll use a variety of online learning resources to explore key issues in the field of PRE. You’ll have the opportunity to consider themes such as: concepts of God; the nature of justice; religious experience; ethics of the environment; the religious and spiritual significance of the arts and our relationship to the natural world.

This online course is open to students from a variety of backgrounds, so if you have a personal interest in philosophical and religious questions, or you want to develop your knowledge of philosophy and religious studies for professional development purposes, this course is for you.

You can also study this course as a PGDip or PGCert qualification. You’ll study the same content as the MA course, but take fewer modules overall.

Course details

You’ll take a core module in ethical theory, and choose from a range of optional modules on different ethical themes, such as life and death, the environment, and the nature of justice, enabling you to focus on your own particular interests.

There are two modules in the philosophy of religion strand of the course: a module examining concepts of God, and a module examining religious and spiritual practice, and its significance for our understanding of the nature of a good human life.

You’ll also complete a dissertation enabling you to investigate a topic of your choice at length with the support of a supervisor, and to apply the knowledge and skills in independent research that you have developed in the course. You also have the option of taking fewer optional modules and writing an extended dissertation instead.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Philosophy of Religion and Ethics MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Philosophy of Religion and Ethics MA Part Time in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Introduction to Ethics: Reasons, Motivation, Obligations and Happiness 15
Philosophy of Religion and Ethics Dissertation 60

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Justice: Fairness, Equality and Diversity 15
Global Environmental Ethics 15
Business Ethics 15
Ethical Issues at the Beginning of Life 15
Ethical Issues at the End of Life 15
Current Developments in Health Care Ethics 30
Philosophy and Spiritual Practice 30
Concepts of God 30
Philosophy of Religion and Ethics Extended Dissertation 90

Learning and teaching

This course is taught entirely online so you can fit your studies around your social and professional life. You’ll be able to access a wide range of teaching and learning resources through our online learning platform (Minerva) and use the University Library’s online resources for your own independent research.

You’ll also be able to discuss issues arising from your studies with other students through our forums.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

For most modules you keep a weekly log, in which you reflect on the study exercises for the week. In addition, you make regular contributions to discussion forums and write one or more essays.

The discussion forum contributions and essays determine the final module mark.

Applying

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is an honours degree, equivalent to a British BA honours degree (2.1 or higher), in a relevant humanities or social science subject - including subjects other than Philosophy, Ethics, or Religion. Other applications will be considered where there is evidence of relevant experience, background or private study in the field

Our admissions team are experienced in considering a wide range of international qualifications. If you wish to discuss whether your qualifications will meet the necessary entry criteria, contact the School’s admissions team. You can also check the accepted qualifications for your country or region.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

 

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Please see our How to Apply page for information about application deadlines.

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you need

  • Copies of your degree certificate and full transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying.

  • A sample of your written work (2,000-3,000 words) on a topic relevant to the course. All samples must be typed and in English.

  • A personal statement of around 500 words, in response to the questions asked in the supporting statement section of the application.

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures receives very large numbers of high-quality applications and regrets that it cannot make offers to all of its applicants. Some particularly popular schools may have to reject many that hold the necessary academic qualifications.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2024

This course is taught by

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Contact us

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Fees

UK: £11,500 (Total)

International: £11,500 (Total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Part-time fees
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

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 on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

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

Find out more about funding and scholarship opportunities in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science.

Career opportunities

This course will equip you with a range of in-depth subject knowledge, but it will allow you to develop high-level skills in research, analysis, interpretation and communication.

All of these qualities are valuable to a range of employers across sectors and industries, and we’re proud of our record in preparing postgraduates for their careers after graduation. They’ve gone into roles such as teaching, consultancy, business management, administration, accountancy, law, journalism and the civil service among others.

Many of our graduates also progress to further study, and ultimately pursue academic careers.

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.

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 about Careers support.