Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code VV56
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Biblical Studies Philosophy Religion

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Department of Philosophy
Telephone +44 114 222 0599

Department of Philosophy

92% are satisfied with the teaching on our Philosophy degrees
The Guardian University Guide 2018

Course description

This degree is an excellent way to develop a deeper understanding of philosophy, religion, and ethics, and the questions they raise. From the value of religious faith and practices to the ethics of climate change or euthanasia, you'll learn to develop and defend your own critical perspectives within the context of global events.

On this course, you will study modules from philosophy, religion and ethics. There's a wide range of modules on offer, and you'll be taught by researchers who are experts in their field.

You'll learn through interactive lectures and seminars and take part in presentations, debates and field work. You'll be assessed through examinations and essays as well as through presentations, posters, portfolios, video-blogs or artwork installations.

In year three, you'll have the opportunity to write a dissertation, working closely with a member of academic staff.

Our philosophy, religion and ethics community is an active one, hosting both the Centre for Engaged Philosophy and the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies. There's always something exciting going on, whether it's put on by staff or students. You can pursue collaborative research projects, attend guest lectures, work with the public, or present your own academic work outside of the classroom.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Philosophy website

First year

Optional modules:

A Life Worth Living
Foundations in Literary Study: Biblical and Classical Sources in English Literature
Matters of Life and Death
Mind, Brain and Personal Identity
Religion in Britain
Self and Society
An Introduction to Islam
Elementary Logic
Film and Philosophy
History of Ethics
History of Philosophical Ideas
Knowledge, Justification and Doubt
LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans*) Studies
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Sex
Reason and Argument
Writing Philosophy

Second year

Optional modules:

Ethics: Theoretical and Practical
Formal Logic
Good Books: Intertextual Approaches to Literature and the Bible
Jesus, Gospels and Christianity
Philosophy and Education
Philosophy and Revolution
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of the Arts
Political Philosophy
Reference and Truth
Religion and the Good Life
Religion in an Age of Terror: Ancient Texts and the Making of Modern Israel.
Sociology and Anthropology of Religion
The Ten Commandments
Theory of Knowledge
Understanding Islam Text and Transition in the Modern World

Third year

Optional modules:

Dissertation (Single Honours)
Advanced Logic
Dissertation (Dual Honours)
Feminism: Rationality and Politics
Forced into Being: How Involuntary Migration Created Ancient Israel
Forced into Being: How Involuntary Migration Created Ancient Israel
Free Will & Religion
Gender and Religion
Global Justice
New Testament Texts
Pain, Pleasure, and Emotions
Philosophical Problems 1
Philosophical Problems 2
Philosophical Project 1
Philosophical Project 2
Philosophy and Revolution
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Psychology
Plato's Symposium
Project Module
The Political Philosophy of Climate Change
The Radical Demand in Logstrup's Ethics
Work Place Learning

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 19%
Independent study 81%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 35%
Coursework 64%
Practical 1%

Department of Philosophy

We pride ourselves on our research-led teaching; our staff are among the best in the world at what they do. They're active researchers so your lectures and seminars are informed, relevant and exciting. We'll teach you how to think carefully, analytically and creatively.

The department is a community. We share a belief that our subject is relevant, even vital, to people outside the university. We run sessions on careers, so you're clear how your degree can make you an asset to an employer. Through projects like Philosophy in the City, you'll use what you learn to make a difference in the community.

And we look after each other. You'll get a personal adviser, a member of staff to guide you through your time here. You also have the option of a Philosophy Mentor, a second or third year student to support you during your first year.

Department of Philosophy website

What our graduates do

Studying philosophy will develop your ability to analyse and state a case clearly, evaluate arguments and be precise in your thinking. These skills will put you in a strong position when it comes to finding employment or going on to further study.

Our graduates work in teaching, law, social work, computing, the civil service, journalism, paid charity work, business, insurance and accountancy. Many also go on to study philosophy at postgraduate level.

Student profile

"Sheffield's fantastic because the lecturers are really friendly and they're all really approachable, and there are loads of different ways to get involved apart from your lectures."

Emma Shephard

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