Philosophy and Religion

BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £13,500

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 1,200 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
Y1 17% 0% 83%
Y2 17% 0% 83%
Final 17% 0% 83%
Y1 47% 5% 48%
Y2 27% 13% 60%
Final 17% 8% 75%

About the course

Philosophy and religion are distinct academic disciplines but are almost uniquely complementary. Both grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life. Students must be willing to scrutinise their most closely held beliefs and, where the arguments and evidence require, have the integrity to amend, adapt or even change them. This programme, then, has the potential to be genuinely, thrillingly life changing. It is grounded on the principle that to study these disciplines is to engage actively in them, to work alongside publishing scholars as they break new ground in their respective fields.

Our BA Philosophy and Religion is taught by experts who've worked together over many years – and who approach the degree not (as is often the case elsewhere) as two halves bolted together but as an integrated programme of study. You are expected not just to absorb knowledge but also to develop key skills, valued by employers, such as analytical thinking, debating, presenting and creative problem solving. The school runs regular events such as fortnightly debates on the big issues of the day, featuring teaching staff and guest speakers as well as students. There are also role-playing games in which you model how you would respond to international crises and, for those who are considering a career in teaching, exercises and activities intended to give them valuable experience in curriculum design, classroom leadership and lesson planning.

Entry requirements

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

Students who take Philosophy and Religion often do so with the aim of becoming teachers. The programme features built-in assessment tasks and classroom events designed to develop skills central to teaching, including planning and presenting material to an academic audience.

We're also developing in-class, hands-on opportunities for you to gain real experience in teaching: something that will be crucial if you're looking to apply for a PGCE or other teaching qualification after graduation.

These same skills, particularly the ability to present to a group, to work in teams, to debate and to prepare presentations for the communication of ideas, are key skills valued by employers whichever path you follow.

Other career destinations for our graduates include media production, publishing, law, politics, the Civil Service, business and the charity sector. You can also choose to go on to further study.

The University provides comprehensive help through our dedicated Careers Advice Centre. The centre offers competitive internships, mock interviews with trained advisers and CV workshops. All services will remain open to you whenever they're required throughout your career.