This BA Philosophy, Ethics and Religion degree at Southampton provides you with the opportunity to explore fundamental and far-reaching issues that have puzzled great thinkers for millennia, but are still relevant today: How should we live? What can we really know? Can religious beliefs be justified? And what is their role in society? You'll develop an understanding of basic philosophical arguments in matters of ethics, reason and responsibility, and learn about the ethics of global poverty, science and technology, and the nature of moral judgements. You will explore these fundamental questions using the philosophical method of reasoned argument and critical scrutiny. This will give you an opportunity to develop your ability to think critically and consistently, to understand varying points of view, to organise ideas and to work cooperatively with others - skills much in demand by employers. A placement year abroad will let you experience a new culture and view philosophy, ethics and religion from a new perspective. You'll choose a partner university at a placement in Europe, Asia, Australasia or North America. Our digital humanities facilities will allow you to study and research through cutting-edge technology, such as virtual reality, 3D scanners and printers, and a 360 degree fully immersive audiovisual centre. Supported by an expert team, these technologies will enable you to start making and exploring in new and immersive ways. *Subject to programme review for September 2024 entry
You will study a variety of topics that cover the fundamental aspects of Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, and you will have the opportunity to tailor your course to your interests by choosing some of your modules. Just some of the modules you may study include: Ethics; Existentialism and its Origins; Faith and Reason; Freedom and Responsibility; Mind and World; Reason and Argument. For further module information visit: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/philosophy-ethics-and-religion-with-year-abroad-degree-ba#modules
On this course you will learn through a range of activities that may include lectures, classes and tutorials, coursework, individual and group projects, and independent learning (studying on your own). You will be able to demonstrate what you have learnt through a variety of assessment methods, such as coursework, laboratory reports, essays, design and problem-solving exercises, debates, oral presentations, dissertations, individual and group projects, written and practical exams. You’ll be supported by a personal academic tutor who will offer support and advice throughout your studies. You will also receive feedback throughout your course, enabling you to identify areas for improvement before your work is formally assessed.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We welcome applicants with other qualifications eg. European Baccalaureate. You will be expected to attain an A level equivalent standard. The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales). Some degree subjects stipulate specific additional GCSE minimum grades, which will be specified as part of the individual degree programme entry requirements. For more details on the suitability of your qualifications or foundation programme please contact the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Admissions Team at [email protected]
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||with no component below 6.0|
All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|