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​Who am I? How should I live? Is there a God? Is religious belief credible in the 21st Century and why is it still with us? If these questions excite you, our Philosophy, Ethics and Religion degree is the one for you.


Course structure

Course Benefits

  • You’ll be taught by experts who are actively researching in each field.
  • Our interdisciplinary approach will help you develop a wide range of transferable skills applicable to many careers.
  • You’ll learn to think critically and debate ultimate questions.
  • You will be able to enter a range of career options on completion of this degree or go onto further study.

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Course Information

This programme engages students with the vital and fundamental questions about human existence, values and beliefs that thinkers have asked throughout history and which aremade all the more pressing and pertinent by the moral, religious, social and political challenges and crises of the contemporary world. This engagement is enriched in the programme through the dialogues and intersections between philosophy, ethics and a wide range of religions, all of which present a wealth of ideas and positions on these issues. This interdisciplinary context will foster your own development as thinkers, giving you the opportunity to think critically and creatively, making new links and finding newinsights while you explore your own interests.

This degree will develop your skills of problem solving, analytical and creative thinking, as well as your ability to engage with philosophical, ethical and religious questions in an independent and sophisticated way. Through its interdisciplinary approach you will learn to engage in deep dialogue as well as the ability to empathise with and respect the views of others. These skills will make you highly desirable for careers where communication, leadership, problem solving and analytical thinking is important, such as management, law, social work and local government.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

​On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: 

  • Introduction to Philosophy: Questions and Concepts; 
  • Ethics - Philosophical and Theological; 
  • Religions, Justice and Peacemaking; 
  • Modern Philosophy: Mind, Self and World;
  • Body: Bio-Ethics and Sexual Ethics; 
  • Social Ethics and The Fut​ure of Philosophy;
  • God in a Digital Age

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • TRS4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • TRS4332 - Professional Development and Placement
  • TRS4522 - World Religions: Texts & Traditions
  • TRS4202 - Ethics - Philosophical and Theological
  • TRS4502 - Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
  • TRS4512 - Introduction to Philosophy: Questions and Concepts
  • TRS4102 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • TRS5012 - Professional Development and Placement (Volunteering)
  • TRS5902 - Religions, Justice and Peacemaking
  • TRS5502 - Reading the New Testament
  • TRS5442 - Moral Theology and Catholic Social Teaching
  • TRS5432 - Varieties of Religious Experience
  • TRS5782 - Professional Development and Placement
  • TRS5422 - Philosophy of Religion: Faith and Reseason
  • HUM5902-Spanish: Language and Culture
  • TRS5412 - Modern Philosophy: Mind, Self and World

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • TRS6802 - Religions, Cultures and Complexities
  • TRS6402 - The Church in the World
  • TRS6442 - Biblical Themes: Covenant and Prophecy
  • TRS6334 - PER Dissertation
  • TRS6202 - Social Ethics
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • HUM6012 - The Roots of Ideas: The Foundations of Western Thought
  • TRS6342 - The Future of Philosophy & The Philosophy of the Future
  • TRS6102 - God in A Digital Age

Course structure

*3% EXAMS | 88% COURSEWORK | 15% LECTURE TIME

*according to the latest figures from HESA
 
At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here
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Who am I? How should I live? Is religious belief credible in the 21st century and why is it still with us?

If these questions excite you, our Philosophy, Ethics and Religion degree is the one for you.

Through the disciplines of philosophy, ethics and religion, you'll engage with fundamental questions about human existence, values and beliefs. It's an interdisciplinary degree, so you'll learn how philosophy, ethics and religion all relate to each other, and enhance your understanding of each by studying them together. You'll get a foundation in all three disciplines and also be enabled to develop and explore your own interests.

This degree will develop your skills of problem solving, critical and creative thinking, as well as your ability to engage with philosophical, ethical and religious questions in an independent and sophisticated way. Through its interdisciplinary approach you will learn respect for the views of others. You will undertake a professional work placement – in the UK or abroad – to help you to explore your future career opportunities. These may include working with schools, businesses, or religious bodies. So you'll be well prepared to teach or go on to further study in any of the three disciplines, as well as a wide range of other careers.

The Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies programme is delivered using a variety of styles, including lectures, seminar-style discussion of a particular topic, class debates on live issues, prepared presentations by students, group work, and other exercises as appropriate. Guidance and feedback on reading, research and essay-writing is embedded in the learning and teaching process.

We make extensive use of electronic media, e-books, and especially Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions and to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.

On this course students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules with the option to take a third. In the first year this is delivered through an intensive 2 week preparation block, helping you to prepare for you 5-week professional placement. In the second year you will undertake a 6-week professional placement with the option to swap this for a placement with a voluntary or charity sector employer, spreading the 6-week placement out over the whole academic year. Finally, students can choose to take a Level 6 option module in which they negotiate and complete an individual project for an external institution or company, again, taking this in a less intensive way across the whole academic year.


Assessment
A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this programme include presentations, portfolios and book reviews, as well as essays and exams.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​


We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates before a final decision is made. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk​​

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,000 a year for this course in 2016-17. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. These fees will be fixed for the duration of the degree course and not have to be paid upfront. Find out more
International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,000 per year for this course starting in 2016-17. This means the tuition you pay in your first year will be the same for each year of your course. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Find out more
​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
Luke Fox

Luke Fox

​​As Lecturer in Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion, my teaching focuses on how philosophers have entered into critical dialogue with religions when studying the ultimate questions. 

My particular interests are in philosophical and religious understandings of the human person and related issues like the nature of life and death, why people have faith and how we are affected by technology. 

I am also a member of the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion, where my research is in religious diversity and the Danish philosopher, Kierkegaard.

@lukecfox1

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Our BA (Hons) Philosophy, Ethics and Religion degree course explores the vital and fundamental questions about human existence, values and beliefs that thinkers and religions have asked throughout history, and which are made all the more pertinent by the challenges of the contemporary world. 

Above all, we will enable you to develop your own positions on these exciting and important issues.

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Professional Work Placements

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Graduates are able to go into careers in counselling, broadcasting, legal services, management and local government. You will also be able to progress on to a career in teaching after further study.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MSc Psychology (conversion) and PGCE Religious Studieswhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes. ​
 
Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.
 
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.
 
This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Philosophy, Ethics and Religion alone to be represented in the Unistats data.
 
This lack of published data within Unistats for this course at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at enquiries@leedstrinity.ac.uk or on 0113 283 7150.

100%​

​100% of our Philosophy, Ethics and Religion students are satisfied with the teaching on their course (NSS 2016).

97%

97% of our Philosophy, Ethics and Religion students are satisfied with academic support (NSS 2016).

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Thousands of graduate jobs are created in Leeds every year

​Top 10​

We're in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction (according to the Guardian University Guide 2015)

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