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Course summary

Explore significant dimensions of public and private life such as political thinking, contemporary issues in religion and critical philosophical enquiry on this distinctive undergraduate degree course. Studying BA Politics, Religion and Philosophy at the University of Birmingham allows you to develop your intellectual curiosity and understanding of critical issues at the borderlands between politics, religion and philosophy to address some of the most important issues of our time. During your degree course, you will encounter different viewpoints regarding the place of religion in wider society, the political theories, powers and practices that have formed communities, and the philosophical thinking that continues to challenge private and public assumptions. The undergraduate degree course is a partnership between three departments: Theology and Religion, Philosophy, and Politics and International Studies. Why study this course? Taught by experts – You will study alongside some of the finest minds in Politics, Religion and Philosophy. The Departments of Philosophy is ranked first in the country for their performance in the Research Excellence Framework exercise 2021 based on Grade Point Average (Times Higher Education) and the Department of Theology and Religion is ranked third in the Research Excellence Framework exercise 2021 based on 4* research. Excellent employability development – Our academics have a long standing working relationship with policy makers and regularly advise governments and public bodies nationally and internationally on engagement with faith communities. A degree in Politics, Religion and Philosophy offers an excellent preparation for any kind of professional role that requires engagement with diverse communities and navigating their particular needs and challenges. You can also boost your employability skills by completing the optional second year placement module of the degree course, where you have the opportunity to spend time in a school, charity or even abroad. Culturally-diverse city – All faiths are well-represented in Birmingham, with more than 650 churches, mosques, synagogues and temples across the city. Outside London, Birmingham has the UK’s largest Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist communities, the second largest Hindu community and the seventh largest Jewish community. Be a part of an exciting community – You will have a variety of opportunities to enhance your undergraduate student experience including regular coffee mornings for staff and students, visiting speakers, specialist lectures, and a variety of trips. Leading the Discourse - The Departments are at the forefront of discussion and debate. Our Centres for Global Ethics and Philosophical Religion collaborate across disciplines and borders. Our world leading research as part of Mental Health Humanities at Birmingham is pushing the boundaries of cross disciplinary dialogue in the universities dynamic mental health research agenda. Top 10 for Theology and Religious Studies in the Guardian Good University Guide 2023 Top 10 for Philosophy in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 Top 35 for Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies in the QS World University Rankings 2022


First-year modules cover a broad base of the subject and are designed to introduce you to ways of studying at university. By the final year the modules you take will become more specialised and reflect the research expertise of the academic staff. More detailed module information can be found on the ‘Course detail’ tab on the University of Birmingham’s coursefinder web pages.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For details of the annual tuition fee for International Students please see the course web page listed in the 'course details' section above. If you are made an offer to study by the University, the yearly tuition fee will be stated in your offer letter.
Politics, Religion and Philosophy at University of Birmingham - UCAS