Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Philosophy and Religion

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: VV56

What you'll study

Teaching ranges from large group lectures to small tutorials and intensive one-on-one supervision. You'll also attend seminars and large debates on topical issues, and there are personal feedback and assessment review sessions plus residential problem-solving and team-building group exercises.

Students engage in individual and group assessment activities, delivered orally as well as in written form and through formats such as essays, exams, presentations, debates and dissertations.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Introduction to Philosophy

  • Visualising the Other: An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Science and Society

  • The Philosophy of Contemporary Thought and Culture

  • God, Evil and the Meaning of Life

  • Philosophy, History and Ideology

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Moral Philosophy

  • Digital Religion

  • Material Religion

  • Paths of Research

Optional modules

  • 20th-Century Philosophy

  • Religion at Work

  • Contemporary Epistemology

  • Mind, Brain and Behaviour

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Combined Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Philosophy of Law

  • Animal Ethics: Philosophy, Politics and Law

  • Contemporary Aesthetics

  • Wittgenstein

  • Cosmopolitan Citizenship

  • Short Dissertation

  • Gender, Science and Knowledge

  • Contemporary Political Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Love

  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

  • Hate, Violence and Pornography

  • Sacred Spaces

“I really liked how diverse the modules were because it meant that I could choose particular topics that interested me.”

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More about this 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.

Teaching and Learning

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Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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Studying philosophy at Hull, means doing philosophy. It’s been taught here since we first opened our doors in 1927.

Debate the issues of the day, from cutting-edge genetics to artificial intelligence, while developing valuable skills in analytical and critical thinking.

Hone your intellectual arguments with fellow students, academic staff and invited experts in our fortnightly debates.

Our research expertise covering a wide variety of areas - from Plato to Nietzsche - shapes your teaching.

Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

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 academic 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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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.