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Courses

VV56 Philosophy and Theology BA Undergraduate  2016

Essentials

UCAS code VV56
Degree BA
Duration 3 Years
Location Durham City
Typical Offers A-Level
AAA
International Baccalaureate
37*
Please also check Requirements and Admissions.
Alternative qualifications

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/entry-reqs/

Department(s) Website
www.durham.ac.uk/philosophy
www.durham.ac.uk/theology.religion
Email
philosophy.department@durham.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 6550 (Philosophy)

Course Content

Description

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, Music, Psychology, Politics or Theology. Philosophy can also be combined in a Joint Honours degree within the Natural Sciences programme 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 their first year, all students 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 by writers such as Plato, Hume and Sartre.

Students take two compulsory modules in Theology and Religion:

  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Introduction to Christian Theology.

In addition students are able to choose one further module from those offered by Theology and Religion.

Years 2 and 3

In the second year, all students take Philosophy of Religion.

In the second and third years, students also have a choice of a wide range of Philosophy topics including:

  • Moral Theory
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Modern Philosophy I and II
  • Theory, Literature and Society
  • Gender, Film and Society
  • Issues in Contemporary Ethics
  • 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.

A similarly wide range of modules are available in Theology; some examples include:

  • 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
  • Landscapes of Worship in Contemporary South Asia
  • Aramaic.

Students also have the opportunity to study a subject in depth, by writing a substantial Dissertation of your choice.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • To study Philosophy and Theology you must have AAA at A-level, or the equivalent, in arts or science subjects. Philosophy at AS or A level is not a requirement.
  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study.
  • An interview may form part of the entry requirements for mature students with non-standard qualifications.
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.
  • Please note we do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking as part of our offer.

English Language requirements

IELTS of 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT 92 (no component under 23); Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Grade C; or Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade A.

Requirements and Admissions

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply

The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/countryinfo

Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance 

Career Opportunities

Philosophy

Durham Philosophy graduates possess skills in critical thinking, logical analysis and the clear communication of complex information that make them much sought after in many professional walks of life.  Our research-led teaching ensures that they are not only well informed about the latest developments in Philosophy, but also competent researchers in their own right, able to think for themselves and tackle problems imaginatively.  Philosophy at Durham is not an 'ivory tower' subject and students are taught to relate theory to practice and see the relevance of their studies to everyday life.  Our broad programme covers all major areas of Philosophy and includes modules in moral philosophy (e.g.  Applied Ethics and Biomedical Ethics), Political Philosophy, Science & Religion, History & Philosophy of Psychiatry and Theory, Literature and Society which explicitly apply philosophical techniques to real-world problems. 

All students in their final year write a long dissertation that provides an excellent opportunity for them to put the final edge on their analytical, research and presentational skills.  Some Durham Philosophy graduates proceed to higher-degree study and an academic career; others enter a wide range of professions including the law and civil service, management, public relations, teaching, marketing, retail and financial services.  In the 2012 Complete University Guide, Durham Philosophy graduates rank joint-second in the UK for 'graduate prospects'.

I had always seen myself in some kind of charity work so while travelling after graduation, my brother and I set up our own volunteer organisation called Development Through Action (DTA). Durham helped give me the confidence to do something unique and worthwhile.

Of those students that left in 2013:

- 64% are in full time paid employment

Of those in employment:

- 54% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £17,000

Of those in further study:

- 100% are in graduate level study

(These statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2012/13 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here: http://www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/2889)

A significant number of students progress onto higher level study following their degree in Philosophy. Many remain within their academic field of interest and pursue a Masters, notably at Durham but also at other prestigious institutions including the London School of Economics and Cambridge. Others take a different route and pursue professional postgraduate programmes in law, finance and teaching to name but a few.

Employability development opportunities

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works closely with the Philosophy Department. The link Careers Adviser delivers presentations to each year group on topics relevant to that stage of their academic career. These cover career decision making, successful applications and interviews, and advice for those considering further study. Q & A sessions are also available in which students can ask the adviser anything about their future career plans or ideas.

Durham University Philosophy graduates enter a wide range of career areas including publishing, retail, marketing, business and finance. Our graduates find employment with leading employers in both the public and private sectors such as British Telecom, The Royal Society of Medicine, Goldman Sachs, Government Olympic Committee, KPMG, The Royal Navy and PwC. Specific roles our graduates have progressed into include marketing graduate, trainee accountant, international financial analyst, account manager and press publishing administrator.


Theology and Religion

Studying Theology and Religion I learnt how to develop and present my arguments and appreciate and critique those of others. Developing these communication and analytical skills has been really important in preparing me for my current role, as this includes working with colleagues on project teams, finding solutions to challenges and sometimes analysing complex data. Equally, studying a diverse range of topics during my degree, from Church History to the Anthropology of Religion, has prepared me to adapt to the varied nature of the graduate scheme. I also elected to study several ethics modules, which has undoubtedly informed my career path and choice of business: I knew that I wanted to work for a business which was commercially competitive, but shaped by its ethical values.

Of those students that left in 2013:

- 47% are in full time paid employment

Of those in employment:

- 65% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £21,000

Of those in further study:

- 89% are in graduate level study

(These statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2012/13 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here: http://www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/2889)

A significant number of students progress onto higher level study following their degree in theology and religion. Some remain within their academic field of interest and pursue a Masters, notably at Durham but also other prestigious institutions. Others take a different route and pursue professional postgraduate programmes in law, finance and teaching at institutions including Manchester, King's College, Cambridge and Oxford.

Employment development opportunities

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre collaborates closely with the Department of Theology and Religion. The link Careers Adviser delivers presentations to each year group on a range of areas including options with the subject, career decision making, successful applications and interviews, and advice for those considering further study. Student representatives also organise alumni events at which Durham Theology and Religion graduates return to speak about their career experiences, offering first hand advice and tips on how to enter different sectors.

Durham University theology and religion graduates enter a wide range of career areas including teaching, government, law, recreation and leisure, marketing, business and finance. Our graduates find employment with leading employers such as the Cooperative Group, Teach First, Samaritans, Legal Services Commission, National Health Service, Royal Placement Agency, National Theatre and Deloitte.

Specific roles our graduates have progressed into include project manager, teacher, clergy, communications researcher, events organiser, projects officer and civil servant.

Recruitment Consultancies

Using recruitment consultancies can be a very useful approach to help you find employment. You can identify consultancies using the Recruitment and Employment Confederation website. Consultancies specialising in graduate opportunities, such as the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, can also be an excellent source of help.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.

Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place: www.durham.ac.uk/opendays

Campus Tours

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/visit/campus.tours

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

Department Information

Philosophy

Overview

This most ancient yet compelling intellectual discipline is fundamental to our understanding of what it is to be human.

Philosophy studies profound and important questions that arise in all areas of human life. At Durham University, we offer a distinctive, research-led Philosophy curriculum, incorporating considerable levels of variety and choice. Whatever you choose, you will be taught by internationally renowned experts in the field.

We are one of the UK’s top philosophy departments. The exceptionally high-quality education you receive here will equip you with critical abilities that can be put to use in all sorts of ways and which are prized by employers.

Ranking
  • Ranked in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015.
  • 94% of our Philosophy students said they found the course intellectually stimulating in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 92%).
  • 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2015.
  • 9th in The Complete University Guide 2016.
Facilities

Durham is one of the larger Philosophy departments in the UK, with 20 permanent members of staff. We are known as a very friendly department where you will have a lot of contact with full-time academic staff. We have an excellent department library that complements the University and college libraries. There is an active Philosophical Society and a weekly research seminar which students are welcome to attend.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/philosophy

Theology and Religion

Overview

One of the leading centres to study Theology and Religion.

Theology and Religion at Durham University is a wide-ranging degree which combines aspects of philosophy, history and social sciences, and will give you valuable insights into how people live in today’s world.

The Theology and Religion Department has established an international reputation as one of the leading departments in its field yet we are equally as proud of our high-quality teaching and commitment to our students. Our degree programmes offer you enormous flexibility, with a rich variety of subjects, and the opportunity to engage in serious and exciting explorations in Biblical studies, Christian theology and the study of religion.

Ranking
  • Ranked 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research and joint 1st for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014).
  • 97% of our Theology and Religion students said they found our staff enthusiastic about what they teach in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 93%).
  • 1st in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015.
  • 1st in The Guardian University Guide 2015
  • 2nd in The Complete University Guide 2016.
Facilities

We have excellent library facilities. As well as the University’s libraries, there are specialist Theology collections in Durham Cathedral Library (especially the Sharp Library). In addition, most college libraries have Theology and Religion sections.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/theology.religion

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