Philosophy and Religion BA

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  • Duration: 3 years full-time 
  • Award: BA

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We are still accepting applications for 2018 entry

The Philosophy and Religion BA allows you to combine the study of Philosophy with a multi-disciplinary approach to Religion. You’ll benefit from the excellence of one of the UK’s top Philosophy Departments while learning from Sheffield’s cutting-edge scholars of Religion, who approach the study of Religion from a wide variety of academic perspectives including Biblical Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, History, Social Science, Literary Studies, and Philosophy of Religion. You’ll acquire the tools to investigate the questions that matter most to you. It’s Your Favourite Subjects. Your Way.

With no compulsory modules, you’ll select 120 credits each year from Philosophy Modules and Religion Modules. An equal number of modules can be taken in each subject, or you can take more modules in one subject than the other reflecting your own interests. Our teaching methods include interactive lectures, seminars, team work, student presentations, debates, and fieldwork, and our modules are assessed by a variety of methods, ranging from examinations to essays, or more creative assignments, such as portfolios, posters, presentations, video-blogs, or artwork installations. One of the distinctive opportunities of the degree is a dissertation at Level 3, where you will work closely with a member of academic staff.

I loved both Philosophy and Religion, independently as subjects, as much as each other, and couldn’t chose just one . . . Reflecting on my degree I can now see that studying both disciplines, independently, allows one to make connections and understand things others may not, as both subjects offer skills and insights which aid when learning the other.

emma stead, 2016 graduate

Sheffield’s Philosophy and Religion community is an active one. There’s always something exciting going on, whether it’s put on by staff or students. You’ll be encouraged to join with staff and students in pursuing research projects, engaging with the public, hearing guest lectures, or presenting your own academic work outside the classroom.


The Philosophy and Religion degree is excellent preparation for a wide range of careers or for further study. 100% of our graduates have reported that within 6 months of their degree they had either secured employment or further study, if they were available for employment. In the most recent graduating class, 75% had achieved graduate-level employment or further study within the same time frame. The Philosophy Department, in partnership with the Careers Service, puts on a wide variety of opportunities designed to help students plan for their futures. For more information, see our careers page.

This degree is an excellent way to develop a deeper understanding of religion and theology and the questions they raise. You'll explore the history and meaning of the scriptural texts while reflecting on issues such as human freedom, knowledge, justice, and the claims of religion.

More information

More information on Philosophy and Religion BA is available on the University 2018 prospectus. Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab: University 2018 prospectus.

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Entry requirements

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: ABB
  • International Baccalaureate: 33
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • A Levels + Extended Project Qualification: BBB + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject

We can also accept other qualifications:   Other entry requirements for Philosophy and Religion BA 

English language requirements

International students need an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

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Disability and Support

We welcome applications from disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

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