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Philosophy and Theology BA (Hons)

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    St Cuthbert's Society

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The study of philosophy at Durham does not follow one particular school. The Department is unique in the UK in its wide-ranging expertise in Anglo-American analytical philosophy and continental philosophy. Each of these has its own distinctive set of issues and approaches to resolving them. We also have special expertise in the philosophy of science, and social science, and the history of science and medicine. So at Durham, you will follow one of the widest-ranging philosophy degrees in the country.At Durham, you will have the opportunity to study Philosophy as a Single Honours degree, or with another subject including: English, Psychology, Politics or Theology. Philosophy can also be combined in a Joint Honours degree within the Natural Sciences degree or as part of a Combined Honours degree.Philosophy is a new subject for many students, so in your first year, you follow a range of introductory courses, introducing the fundamental philosophical subject areas.**Year 1**In the first year, you will take the core modules of Ethics and Values, Knowledge and Reality, and Reading Philosophy. The first two of these concern the two broad divisions of Philosophy, into Metaphysics and Theory of Knowledge on the one hand, and Moral Philosophy on the other. Reading Philosophy is a text-based course which examines in depth classic works of philosophy.You will take two compulsory modules in Theology and Religion:Introduction to the New TestamentIntroduction to Christian Theology.In addition, you are able to choose one further module from those offered by Theology and Religion.**Years 2 and 3**In the second year, you will take Philosophy of Religion. In the second and third years, you will also have a choice of a wide range of Philosophy topics. In previous years these have included: Moral Theory / Modern Philosophy I and II / History of Science and Medicine / Issues in Contemporary Ethics / Philosophy of Religion / Political Philosophy / Metaphysics / Language, Logic and Reality / Twentieth Century European Philosophy / Philosophy of Science / The Philosophy of Economics and Politics: Theory, Methods and Values / Applied Ethics / Philosophical Issues in Contemporary Science / History and Philosophy of Psychiatry / Biomedical Ethics Past and Present / Philosophy of Mind.A similarly wide range of modules are available in Theology. In previous years these have included: Literature and Theology of the Old Testament / New Testament Theology: Exploring Paul and John / Death, Ritual and Belief / Christian Theology: The Essential Questions / The Making of Modern Christianity: Medieval and Reformation Europe / Philosophy and the Christian Religion 100–1300 / God, Freedom and the Soul / Topics in Christian Ethics / Science and Theology: Exploring the Interface / Religion in Contemporary Britain / Judaism / God and the Universe of Faiths / Religion and Film / The Postmodern God / The Theology of Thomas Aquinas.You will also have the opportunity to study a subject in depth, by writing a substantial Dissertation of your choice.**Study Abroad (Philosophy)**We participate in exchange schemes through which you may spend a year of your studies abroad, either with universities in Europe – through the ERASMUS programme – or with the University of California.**(Theology and Religion)**We are part of the ERASMUS programme which encourages students to study for part of their course in an EU university. You can also benefit from the non-EU exchange schemes set up by Durham University which, at the time of writing, include: Boston College (USA) / The University of British Columbia (Canada) / McMaster University (Canada) / Queens University (Canada) / University of Calgary (Canada) / The University of Hong Kong (China) / The National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 22,250per year

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Entry requirements

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A level : AAA

Specific subjects excluded for entry:General Studies and Critical Thinking.Information:Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.


University information

Durham University

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    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

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  • Entry standards

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    201 95%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 197
    166 86%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85 85%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%



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