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Religion, Philosophy & Ethics BA

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Overview

A theological degree in the heart of London to gain detailed knowledge of at least two strands of religion; knowledge of key problems in the philosophical analysis of religious concepts; and knowledge of problems in theoretical and applied ethics.


Key benefits

  • King's is home to a large, vibrant Department of Theology & Religious Studies, with special expertise in Islam, Judaism and Christianity and a variety of contemporary religious movements.

  • The Department is ranked joint third in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research.

  • Our teaching makes the most of London's rich religious culture, incorporating many places of worship and the collections of the British Museum.

  • King's central location offers easy access to numerous libraries across London.

  • Students develop key transferable skills which can lead to a variety of different careers.

 


Key information

UCAS code VV65

Duration Three years/six years

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Course type Single honours

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Entry requirements

Required grades:

AAB

Required subjects

None

 

Preferred subjects

None

 


Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

35 points overall with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required subjects

None

 

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required subjects

None

 

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

D3 D3 M2

Required subjects

None

 

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

None

 

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

None

 

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

None

 

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

80% overall

Required subjects

None

 

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016
Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

None

 

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016
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Course detail

Description

This programme, wholly taught within our department, combines the study of religion with work in ethics and philosophy. We aim to provide you with detailed knowledge of at least two strands of religion; understanding of key problems in the philosophical analysis of religious concepts; and knowledge of problems in theoretical ethics. You will have the opportunity to study ethical and religious concepts philosophically in the context of literature, film and history.

TEACHING STYLE

We strongly believe that teaching and research should be closely related. All teaching members of staff are therefore research-active, many enjoying international reputations as leaders in their fields. Our commitment to original research means that we can introduce students to new discoveries in areas as diverse as priesthood and cult in ancient Israel; mysticism; political Islam and the state; the relationship between philosophy and literature, and between moral and aesthetic value; and religion and politics, in particular nationalism, ethnicity and global networks. 

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT

Each programme has a distinctive core, defined through a unique pattern of modules (some year-long modules, some over a single term). Some modules are compulsory, mostly in the first year when they are introductory. The scope for choice increases substantially in the second and third years, to suit developing individual interests and strengths. Module options may change from year to year; we strive constantly to enhance the variety of modules on offer. Methods of assessment vary from one module to another, but typically involve the submission of some coursework (usually an essay) and an unseen written examination in the summer. A few modules involve either coursework or a summer examination.

LOCATION

As befits a capital city that is home to a mix of people of hugely diverse backgrounds, London offers tremendous opportunities for the student of religion. Numerous religious groups with their very different beliefs and rituals, as well as artistic traditions exhibited in places of worship, exist on the department’s doorstep. Unrivalled resources enabling us to put those facets into context are close at hand: looking beyond the College, we can turn to the National Archives, the British Library, the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Lambeth Palace Library, to name only a few.

 

Structure

  • Students must choose in each year of study from a selection of compulsory modules. Remaining credits are then taken from the wide selection of opional modules offered by the Department. We review our modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes, so this list may change.


    At least four of the following compulsory modules, plus a selection of optional modules.


    Required Modules

    • Elements of Ethics

    • Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

    • Philosophical Texts in Historical Contexts

    • Thinking about Evil

    • Islam’s Beginnings

    • Introduction to Christianity

    • Constancy and Creativity: Jewish Interpretations of Tradition

    • Introduction to Buddhism

    Optional Modules

    Up to four further modules chosen from the wide variety of first year / level 4 optional modules offered by the Department.

  • You must take four core modules and choose your remaining modules from a range of options.


    Required Modules

    • Philosophy & Film

    • Applied Ethics

    • Religious Difference: Jewish, Christian & Other Perspectives

    • Modern Islam I: History & Politics

    • Buddhist Ethics

    Optional Modules

    Up to four further modules chosen from the wide variety of second year / level 5 optional modules offered by the Department.

  • You must take four core modules and choose your remaining modules from a range of options. You also have the opportunity to write a dissertation, for which you will receive one-to-one supervision with a member of staff.


    Required Modules

    • The Search for Meaning

    • Special Questions in Social Ethics

    • Law & Ethics in the Hebrew Bible

    • Contemporary Thought in the Muslim World

    • European Jews and the Orient

    • Contemporary Philosophy and Theology

    • Philosophy of Religious Life

    Optional Modules

    Up to four further modules chosen from the wide variety of third year / level 6 optional modules offered by the Department, including the 30-credit dissertation option.

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Career prospects

Our students develop key transferable skills in critical analysis, argumentation and communication that are indispensable in a wide variety of occupations. 

King’s students go on to careers in: government, the Civil Service, non-government organisations, social services, the caring professions, charities, law, the City, academia, PR and advertising, journalism and the media, entertainment and the arts, the church and other religious organisations.

Career destinations

Recent graduates from Theology and Religious Studies have found employment as: Insight Manager, ISPUN; Sales Executive, Events company; PR Assistant, PR Company; Research Ethics Co-ordinator, National Research Ethics Service; Researcher, Houses of Parliament; Trainee Accountant, Accountancy Firm; Children/Family Worker, Regents Trust; Publishing Assistant, Allison and Busby; Research Assistant, Tyndale House; Company Director, Musical Entertainment company.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£16,250 p.a. (2016/17)**

For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.

*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.

**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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