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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

BA Honours

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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

BA Honours

  • Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

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?

In a world where meaning is often 'hidden' or involves a complicated analytical response, it's essential that we spend the time trying to engage with who we are and what values we want to hold as individuals in today's complex society.

Through the lens of prominent thinkers such as Aristotle, Plato and Nietzsche, you'll examine some of today's most pertinent moral, religious, social and political questions. We'll teach you how to interpret texts, analyse complex concepts and apply ideas and ethical values to daily life.

Why study with us?

• Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are active researchers in the fields of philosophy, ethics and religion.

• Learn to think critically and debate the ultimate questions about human existence, values and beliefs.

• Feel supported with small class-sizes, excellent one-to-one support and individual tutorials.

• Become employable. Our interdisciplinary approach will help you develop a wide range of transferable skills applicable to many careers.

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TOP 25

We're in the top 25 in the UK for teaching and course satisfaction.

(Guardian University Guide 2020)


professional work placements with all standard undergraduate degrees.

Top 10

Our Philosophy, Ethics and Religion course is ranked in the top ten in the UK for satisfaction with teaching.

(Guardian University Guide 2020)


of our graduates in work or further study within six months.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017 - latest data available)

Course Information

About this course >

​You'll learn how to synthesise complex arguments, as well as how to present fresh and exciting new ones. You'll also search for what 'truth' and 'meaning' might mean by studying a range of ideas and positions. Central questions will include: 'What is the place of the self in the world?', 'What values should we hold in contemporary society regarding business, sport and surveillance?' and 'Does belief in God shape the kind of values we hold?'

You'll develop key skills in problem-solving, analytical and creative thinking and learning to engage with philosophical, ethical and religious questions in an independent and sophisticated way. Putting skills and theory into practice, you'll complete two professional work placements and gain valuable experience and preparation for your future career.

By combining the study of philosophy, ethics and religion, you'll foster your own development as a thinker and have the opportunity to think critically and creatively, make new links and find new insights – skills which are vital in today's job market and society.

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Further Study

​Students can register for a Masters by Research in either Philosophy, Ethics or Religion. Ph.D opportunities are also available. Please discuss these with a member of the team.

Modules >

Year 1

The Philosophy of Religion strand examines the big questions and debates between philosophy and religion, including whether religion is credible or harmful. Other philosophy modules go beyond religion to look at the history of philosophy and questions raised by philosophers about the mind, knowledge, politics and ideology.

In ethics and Society and the ethics strand of the programme at Level 4, you will look in-depth at a wide range of ethical theories and debates, including applications to contemporary issues. You will also do a module looking at beliefs, practices and texts in a range of religions.

At the end of Year 1, you will participate in workshops and a placement in which you apply the skills you’ve gained in the classroom to the workplace, providing you with valuable work experience.

Throughout these modules you receive continual feedback, helping you to develop your thinking and approach. You will have a solid foundation in philosophy, ethics and religion, with a strong skillset, prepared to pursue your own interests.

Year 2

In your second year you will begin to develop your own interests and specialisms. Philosophy modules look at understandings of the person in modern philosophy. Topics include freedom, the meaning of life, death, emotions, and the contribution of philosophy to psychiatry. They also explore the person in relation to religious questions, asking about faith, the soul and the existential impact of belief in God. Further modules explore the impact of technology on the person and society: what is it to be a person in a digital age dominated by the rise of technology.

Modules in ethics explore issues particularly associated with the person and the body and social issues raised in the social teaching of the Catholic Church. All modules include a particular focus on the question ‘who am I?’

Other modules may include a wide range of religions, including Christianity, Islam and Eastern religions, and cover the practices, texts and philosophies of religions, as well as the ways in which religions have affected and been affected by politics, for example in helping to resolve or to escalate conflicts.

Year 3

In your final year you will become the scholars and will engage with cutting edge contemporary debates. Philosophy modules look at the future of philosophical inquiry, including how we might understand religion and politics in the light of the huge shifts in society and culture over the past 50 years. Modules like Science and Religion explore the debate about whether religious faith is compatible with contemporary scientific worldviews. The ethical strand will allow you to choose from a wide range of important ethical issues, including business ethics, sports ethics, animal ethics, the ethics of surveillance and the media, to develop your own ethical positions. The modules on world religions continue this focus on current and future issues, looking, for example, at the ways in which religions respond to and effect social change.

You will also work individually with a lecturer to plan, research and write a dissertation on an area of your choosing, becoming a scholar in philosophy, ethics and religion yourself.

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

  • TRS4002 - Studying Religion
  • TRS4012 - Living Religions
  • TRS4202 - Ethical Foundations
  • TRS4502 - The Bible
  • TRS4512 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • TRS4982 - Ethics, Society and Employability

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

  • HUM5012 - Philosophy and Technology
  • HUM5022 - Religion and Politics
  • HUM5032 - Researching Humanities
  • HUM5902 - Spanish Language and Culture
  • TRS5012 - Professional Development and Placement (Volunteering)
  • TRS5202 - Body: Bioethics and Sexual Ethics
  • TRS5412 - Mind, Self and World
  • TRS5442 - Catholic Social Teaching
  • TRS5742 - Rites, Rituals and Religious Quest
  • TRS5782 - Professional Development and Placement

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

  • HUM6012 - Great Thinkers: Applying Political Ideas
  • HUM6022 - Science and Religion: Exploring the Conflict Thesis
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • TRS6012 - The Self in Contemporary Philosophy
  • TRS6202 - Social Ethics
  • TRS6334 - Dissertation in Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
  • TRS6802 - Religions, Cultures and Complexities

Learning and Teaching >

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. #expand#

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 SIX-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.


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.

Entry Requirements >

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.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. 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

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​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.

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You'll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week placement in your second year. Our students have completed placements in schools, charities, legal firms, publishers and local government.

Graduate Opportunities

You'll learn how to engage in deep dialogue, which will give you the ability to empathise with and respect the views of others. These skills are important for careers where communication, leadership, problem-solving and analytical thinking is important, such as management, law, social work, local government and education. You could also progress on to a career in teaching after further study.

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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 or on 0113 283 7150.