This course combines a rigorous training in analytic philosophy with study of some of the main areas of theological thought. You will gain a good grounding in the sources and contemporary context for theological reflection by studying the biblical writings together with key thinkers, ideas, events and movements that shaped the course of Western Christian thought; and by studying other religious traditions. You will also develop an understanding of the central ideas and movements in analytic philosophy, while acquiring important skills in clear thinking, argument and communication.
In Philosophy, you will be introduced to the subject through a series of core modules in central philosophical problems and you will also be able to choose optional modules. In Theology, you will gain a broad foundation in the critical study of the Bible, the historical development of Christian thought, modern Christian ideas, and the Islamic tradition.
In Philosophy, you will choose from a variety of optional modules, which will build on material studied in year one, allowing you to develop and broaden your philosophical skills and knowledge. In Theology, you will take a core module in Philosophy of Religion. In addition, you may choose to study in more depth areas such as Jesus, Paul, the Old Testament, political theology, literature and religion, and other religious traditions such as Hinduism.
In Philosophy, there will be free choice from a wide variety of more advanced modules, including the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing. In Theology, there is a wide range of choices, and you may concentrate on philosophical approaches to religion, as well as taking options in biblical studies, theological ideas, religious studies, and religion and culture. There is also an opportunity to undertake an independent study project
See also the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.
A levels: AAB (we also accept A*BB and A*A*C), including GCSE maths grade C or above
We do not require any particular A-level subjects for this degree programme, and we are happy to accept most A-level qualifications. However, we consider certain A-level subjects to be more ‘vocational’. These subjects are less suitable as preparation for undertaking this degree programme, and we recommend that no more than one is studied to A-level for entry to the course. These include:
• Art and Design
• Citizenship Studies
• Communication and Culture
• Communication Studies
• Design and Technology
• Economics and Business
• Home Economics
• Leisure Studies
• Music Technology
• Performance Studies
• Physical Education
• Theatre Studies
• Travel and Tourism
We accept General Studies for entry to this degree programme. However, while we do not consider it to be a “vocational’ subject”, we think it is less useful as preparation for degree-level study than other A-level subjects.
• Assessment of your application: if you apply to us with General Studies, you must also be studying at least two more “academic” subjects at A-level, and you must be predicted at least a B in both subjects.
• Satisfying your offer: if we then make you an offer, general studies can be included as one of your grades, either with one “academic” and one “vocational” subject, or with two “academic” subjects.
Please feel free to contact the departments for further advice.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (minimum 19 with 20 in Speaking)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 67 (min 67)
For details please see the alternative qualification page
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Your course is split equally between Philosophy and Theology in year one.
In Philosophy, you will take the core modules:
Appearance and Reality
Reasoning and Argument: An Introduction to Philosophical Method
Self, Mind and Body
You will also take one Philosophy module from the options offered. These vary depending on which members of staff are teaching, but modules taught in recent years include:
Issues in Feminist Philosophy
Reasons for Action
Philosophy of Religion
There are no core first-year modules in Theology. Typical modules on offer include:
Hebrew Bible: History, Literature & Theology
Introduction to the Study of the New Testament
Introduction to Islam
Christian Thought in the Modern World
History of Christian Thought to 1600
Introduction to Judaism
Philosophy for Theologians
Year two of your course is split equally between Philosophy and Theology.
You have one core Theology module:
You will then choose optional modules in both Philosophy and Theology. Typical modules on offer include:
Knowledge and Justification
Nature of Meaning
History of Philosophy
Being, Becoming and Reality
Mind and Consciousness
Freedom and Obligation
The Theology of Paul
The Hindu Tradition
Literature and Religion: An Introduction
Encountering God: Theology, Worship and Spirituality
History of Muslim-Christian Relations
Jewish Theology and Philosophy: from Philo to Levinas
Love and Death
Religion in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Virtue Ethics and Literature
It is possible to split the final year equally between both subjects, or to focus more on one discipline. There are no core modules – students choose from a range of specialist modules in both subjects, with the option of writing a dissertation. The modules on offer will vary depending on which staff are teaching, but modules on offer in recent years include:
Free Will and Action
Issues of Indeterminism
Naming and Necessity
Narrative, Language, and Mind
Reality, Representation, and Truth
Philosophy of Art
Philosophy of Science
Problems of Religious Diversity
The Jewish Context of Jesus and Early Christianity
The Eucharist: An Historical Approach
You will have a broad knowledge of a variety of philosophical theories and theological traditions. You will have the skills to communicate your ideas clearly and precisely, and the ability to think and study independently. You will be able to abstract, analyse and construct logical arguments, and to recognise the strengths and weaknesses on both sides of a philosophical or theological debate.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2012, 95.7% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Philosophy who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,805 with the highest being £30,000.*
In 2012, 96.7% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £18,154 with the highest being £30,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
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