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Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
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The Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) degree is for people who like to think about what really matters in life. You’ll examine philosophy as it emerges in ancient traditions and observe the latest global research on religion in the digital age.

About

From the thinkers of Ancient Greece, the advent of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, and the ancient traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, you will examine a range of perspectives on the purpose and meaning of life. We also engage in the fine-grained study of specific, important thinkers and their work, such as Descartes, Spinoza, Nietzsche, Kuhn and Sartre.

You’ll learn from lecturers who are published authors, internationally-recognised for excellence within their specialist fields. This includes Dr Dave Webster, author of Dispirited: How Contemporary Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish and Unhappy. You’ll also hear from high-profile subject experts, through seminars, Skype , and invited speakers. Students develop expertise through a global network of research scholars, exploring live research with contemporary scholars across the world. Recently students have studied how religion is manifesting on the internet through UFO cults, popular-culture spiritualties, Pagan traditions and North American Satanism with experts in Sweden, Canada and Australia.

You’ll be inspired on field trips with opportunities including the beautiful Mezquita Cathedral in Córdoba, Spain as well as Leicester’s Diwali festival, a world-famous event that celebrates Hinduism and its history. Learning through interactive workshops and debates, you’ll develop expert knowledge and transferable skills that are in high demand by employers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • The Human Experience
  • Humanities Skills
  • Philosophical Arguments
  •  Ethical Engagements
  •  The Greeks
  •  Judaism and the Study of Religion
  •  Religious Literacy

                                English Language Requirements

                                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                • Minimum required score:

                                  72

                                  The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

                                • Minimum required score:

                                  5.5

                                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

                                  162

                                  C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

                                  Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                                Academic Requirements

                                • 112 tariff points
                                • BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.
                                • Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. 

                                Tuition Fee

                                • International Applies to you

                                  13840 GBP/year
                                  Tuition Fee
                                  Based on the original amount of 13840 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                  9250 GBP/year
                                  Tuition Fee
                                  Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                Living costs for Cheltenham

                                • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
                                  Living Costs

                                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

                                Funding

                                • No upfront tuition fees. You won’t have to pay any fees while you are studying; you can apply for a student tuition fee loan to cover the fees. This will be paid directly to the university.
                                • You can also apply for a student maintenance loan to help towards your living costs up to £8,200 if you live away from home to study and up to £6,904 if you stay at home.
                                • Additional non-repayable grants may be available for students with dependents and for students with disabilities.
                                • Living cost loans and grants will be paid to students in three equal instalments over the academic year – one at the beginning of each term.
                                • You will only start to repay the loan after you have graduated and are in employment and earning over £21,000. You will repay 9% of your income above £21,000. For example if you earn £25,000 you would repay £30 a month. (i.e. 9% of £4,000/12 months).

                                StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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