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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

Study mode Full-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

AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

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 15 2017.

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

AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

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 15 2017.

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

AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

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 15 2017.

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

AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

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 15 2017.

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

AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

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 15 2017.

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

AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

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 15 2017.

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

AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

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 15 2017.

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

AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

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 15 2017.
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

AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

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 15 2017.
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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 our teaching staff are research-active, many enjoying international reputations as leaders in their fields. Our commitment to original research means that we can introduce students to advances and emerging ideas across a diverse range of fields being explored by our staff.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT

Methods of assessment vary between modules, but typically involve some coursework (usually an essay) and a written examination, although a few modules are assessed in only one of these methods.

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. 


    You will take at least four of the following compulsory modules, plus a selection of optional modules. In addition, students must take the compulsory Study Skills module. 


    Required Modules

    You are required to take one compulsory module in your first year:

    • Study Skills (15 credits)

    You are also required to choose four modules (totalling 60 credits) from the following list:

    •           Elements of Ethics (15 credits)

    •           Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (15 credits)

    •           Philosophical Texts in Historical Contexts (15 credits)

    •           Thinking about Evil (15 credits)

    •           Islam’s Beginnings (15 credits)

    •           Introduction to Buddhism (15 credits)

    Optional Modules

    Choose a further 60 credits from an extensive list of optional, introductory 15 and 30-credit modules, which may include:

    •           Introduction to the Sociology of Religion (15 credits)

    •           Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (15 credits)

    •           The New Testament: Gospels & Letters (15 credits)

    •           Introduction to the Anthropology of Religion (15 credits)

    •           Islam: Later Developments (15 credits)

    •           Introduction to Jewish Thought & Practice (15 credits)

    •           Turning Points: An Introduction to the History of Christianity in England 1500-1900 (15 credits)

    •           Introduction to Early Christianity (15 credits)

    •           Introduction to Religion & Politics (15 credits)

    •           Systematic Theology: Nature and Method (15 credits)

    •           Introduction to Modern Christianity (15 credits)

    •           Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts (30 credits)

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

    In addition, students have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities around the world in your second year. The list of partner universities currently includes:

    •           University of Helsinki

    •           National University of Singapore

    •           University of Toronto (semester one or full year only)

    •           University of North Carolina

    •           Süleyman Demirel University

    •           University of Sydney

    •           George Washington University


    Required Modules

    You are required to choose three modules (totalling 45 credits) from the following list:

    • Philosophy & Film (15 credits)
    • Applied Ethics (15 credits)
    • Religious Difference: Jewish, Christian & Other Perspectives (15 credits)
    • Modern Islam I: History & Politics (15 credits)
    • Buddhist Ethics (15 credits)
    • Faith and Enlightenment: Philosophies of Religion from Anselm to Kant (15 credits)

    Optional Modules

    Choose a further 75 credits from an extensive list of optional 15 and 30-credit modules on topics such as:

    • Intermediate Greek with Texts (15 credits)
    • Paul in Context (15 credits)
    • Religion in Different Social & Geopolitical Contexts - Anthropological Perspectives (15 credits)
    • Introduction to the Doctrine of the Person of Christ (15 credits)
    • Modern Islam II: Sociological & Intellectual Trends (15 credits)
    • Religion, Culture & Society in Reformation Europe (15 credits)
    • New Testament Greek & Exegesis A (15 credits)
    • Religion & Politics in International & Transnational Contexts (15 credits)
    • Ritual in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (15 credits)
    • Salvation and the City: Christian Faith and the Arts (15 credits)
    • The Bible in the Modern Imagination (15 credits)
    • Theological Themes of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (15 credits)
    • “What is Christianity?”: Patristic Perspectives (15 credits)
    • Between Revolutions: British Christianity 1689-1860 (15 credits)
    • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (30 credits)
  • 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

    You are required to choose four modules (totalling 60 credits) from the following list:

    •           The Search for Meaning (15 credits)

    •           Special Questions in Social Ethics (15 credits)

    •           Law & Ethics in the Hebrew Bible (15 credits)

    •           Contemporary Thought in the Muslim World (15 credits)

    •           European Jews and the Orient (15 credits)

    •           Contemporary Theology and Philosophy (15 credits)

    •           Philosophy of Religious Life (15 credits)

    •           Theravada Buddhism (15 credits)

    Optional Modules

    Choose a further 60 credits from an extensive list of optional 15 and 30-credit modules on topics which may include:

    •           Independent Study (30 credits)

    •           The English Reformation (15 credits)

    •           Exploring New Testament Theology I (15 credits)

    •           Hebrew Texts: Prose (15 credits)

    •           Principles of Systematic Theology (15 credits)

    •           Women and Gender in the Bible (15 credits)

    •           Varieties of Religious Experience: Christianity in Britain 1850-1970 (15 credits)

    •           Anthropological Approaches to Religious Innovation and Questions of Being (15 credits)

    •           Religion, Politics & Global Media (15 credits)

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Career prospects

A Religion, Philosophy and Ethics BA at King’s will equip you with 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 UK:

The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

£17,050 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

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