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Religion, Philosophy & Ethics BA

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Overview

This course combines the study of religion with work on ethics and philosophy. You will also have the opportunity to study ethical and religious concepts philosophically in the context of literature, film and history.

Key benefits

  • King’s is home to a large, vibrant Department of Theology & Religious Studies, with special expertise in Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism and a variety of contemporary religious movements.
  • The Department is ranked joint 3rd in the UK for the power of world-leading and internationally excellent research.  It is also in the top 10 for Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies in the UK (QS World Rankings by subject 2018).
  • 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

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Description

This course, taught entirely within the Department, combines the study of religion with work on ethics and philosophy. You will also have the opportunity to study ethical and religious concepts philosophically in the context of literature, film and history.

Teaching

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. Our Religion, Philosophy & Ethics BA is taught using a combination of lectures, seminars and more intimate tutorials. We also expect a significant amount of independent study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of teaching.

Assessment

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations.  Forms of assessment may typically include written examinations and essays.

Location

As a capital city, home to a mix of people of hugely diverse backgrounds, London offers tremendous opportunities for students of religion.

Many religious groups with very different beliefs, rituals and art are within easy reach of the department located on the King’s College London Strand Campus, while our central location gives us access to the unrivalled resources of the National Archives, the British Library, the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Lambeth Palace Library.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules

 

You are required to take the following module:

  • Academic Methods in Theology and Religious Studies (15 credits)

You are also required to choose four modules (totaling 60 credits) from a list that may typically include:

  • Elements of Ethics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (15 credits)
  • From Machiavelli to Bodin: Renaissance & Reformation Political Thought (15 credits)
  • Thinking about Evil (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Islam (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Buddhism (15 credits)
Optional Modules

You are also required to take a further 45 credits from either the above or below list that may typically 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)
  • 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 & Medieval Christianity and Culture (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Religion & Politics (15 credits)
  • How Christians Argue (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Modern Christianity & Culture (15 credits)
  • Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts (30 credits)

Year 2

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

Required Modules

You are required to take three modules (totalling 45 credits) from a list that may typically include:

  • Philosophy & Film (15 credits)
  • Ethics, Philosophy & Literature (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 & Enlightenment: Philosophies of Religion from Anselm to Kant (15 credits)
  • Themes in Sufism & Islamic Philosophy (15 credits)
Optional Modules

You are also required to take a further 75 credits from an extensive list of optional 15 and 30-credit modules on topics that may typically include:

  • Paul in Context (15 credits)
  • Religion in Ethnographic Perspective (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Doctrine of the Person of Christ (15 credits)
  • Religion, Culture & Society in Reformation Europe (15 credits)
  • Religion & Politics in International & Transnational Contexts (15 credits)
  • Ritual in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (15 credits)
  • Salvation & the City: Christian Faith & 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)
  • Intermediate Greek with Texts (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (30 credits)

In addition, full-time 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 (subject to change) currently includes:

  • University of Helsinki
  • National University of Singapore
  • University of Toronto (semester one or full year only)
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Sydney
  • George Washington University
  • University of Auckland

Year 3

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 take four modules (totalling 60 credits) from a list that may typically include:

  • Special Questions in Social Ethics (15 credits)
  • The Search for Meaning (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Thought in the Muslim World (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Religious Life (15 credits)
  • Theravada Buddhism (15 credits)
Optional Modules

You are required to take a further 60 credits from an extensive list of optional 15 and 30-credit modules on topics which may typically include:

  • Independent Study Project (30 credits)
  • The English Reformation (15 credits)
  • Exploring New Testament Theology I (15 credits)
  • Hebrew Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  •  European Jews & the Orient (15 credits)
  •  Contemporary Theology & Philosophy (15 credits)
  •  Hebrew Texts: Poetry (15 credits)
  •  Principles of Systematic Theology (15 credits)
  •  Women & Gender in the Bible (15 credits)
  •  Varieties of Religious Experience: Christianity in Britain 1850–1970 (15 credits)
  •  Anthropological Approaches to Religious Innovation & Questions of Being (15 credits)
  • Religion, Politics & Global Media (15 credits)
King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

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

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

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


Entry requirements
A-Level  AAB  Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A 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.
Access to HE Diploma 

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U 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 Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 35 points including 6,6,5 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2020.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, 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.

 

 Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

 King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

A Religion, Philosophy & 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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