BA (Hons) Theology, Religion and Ethics

Theology, Religion and Ethics at Winchester combines an exploration of religious traditions with an examination of theological arguments, ancient texts, and ethical controversies. Students explore the way religious ideas and practices have impacted cultures, as well the way cultures have influenced ideas about religion and belief.
 

 

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BA (Hons) Theology, Religion and Ethics at University of Winchester

 

UCAS code: V602

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Selection process:

Suitable applicants are required to attend an interview.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. For international students, the first year fee is £12,950. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students and £38,850 for International students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 


2018 Entry Full-time £9,250 p/a.

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938


International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

**International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.


Additional costs:

Optional

  • Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however, students will be strongly encouraged in some modules to purchase a copy of a key work that the module focuses on. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Costs approximately £100 per academic year.
  • Field trips: In year 2 and/or year 3, students may undertake field studies to explore the diversity of religions, cultures and traditions - previous trips have included India, Istanbul and Jerusalem. The cost of a field trip is dependent on location and duration. Previous trip costs have ranged between £800 and £1200.
  • Study abroad: Students have the option to study a semester abroad in the USA in their second year of study. For more information please click here

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA

Field trips:

Students may undertake field studies to explore the diversity of religions, cultures and traditions - previous trips have included India, Istanbul and Jerusalem.

Fact:

The Department has a student-led film society, which organises screenings and discussion of a range of movies.

Fact:

Students have the opportunity to work with a variety of organisations or charities through the What's Next? module, which aims to help students think about employability.

Student Satisfaction

90 per cent of students said that staff have made the subject interesting (http://unistats.direct.gov.uk

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

 

As a Department, we deal with big questions. We ask questions about the nature of human existence and the human community, questions about the development and global impact of belief. We want to address the parts of our contemporary world that one wouldn't usually think to question. We're concerned with the ideas that underpin our history as a species.

BA (Hons) Theology, Religion and Ethics will teach you how to think imaginatively about living faiths and intellectual reason, about life and death, the nature of right and wrong. It'll also teach you how to read and confront texts, sacred and secular. Whether you have a faith position or are an ardent atheist, we've designed a degree to help you understand the complexity of the human condition.

Students explore religion as a lived cultural phenomenon and engage with the textual, intellectual, and ideological frameworks of human belief systems. Examining the way religious texts and practices are expressed and critiqued in contemporary culture, students use their knowledge to think about ethical debates and controversies. You'll develop critical viewpoints on the great texts of the Western tradition; you'll get oriented in religious practices from across the globe; we'll discuss the ethical issues that face us as a society, and you'll grow as writers, as debaters, and as thinkers in your own right. The degree seeks to develop skills in close reading, critical argumentation, and cultural literacy. 

Study in Year 1 is foundational and provides the basis for specialised study in Years 2 and 3. In Year 1, students are oriented in the core subject areas of their degree, undertaking year-long modules in theological tradition and religious studies. These are designed to develop study skills and enhance students' confidence in critical writing and reading. These sit alongside specialist modules in Christianity, biblical scholarship, ethics and philosophy.

In Years 2 and 3, students are able to build a profile of options to develop their own academic interests; these reflect the range of specialisms offered in the Department. Optional modules tend to encourage students to think about the way religious ideas and practices interact with the contemporary world.

Some of our students arrive with destinations in mind (teachers, journalists, social workers, academics) while others discover their vocation while they're here. Wherever you're heading, we want to help you get there. A degree that addresses what it means to reason, to be, to act, to believe, to read - we think that's a good place to start.

 

 

Year 1

  • Great Theological Minds
  • Perspectives on Living Religions
  • Ethics and Religion
  • Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy
  • Understanding Christianity
  • Controversies in Biblical Studies

Year 2

  • What's Next?

Optional modules:

  • Bioethics and Theology
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Bible
  • Aspects of Islam
  • Religion and Peacebuilding
  • Science and Theology
  • Constructing Meanings: Bible as Literature
  • Religion in Contemporary Britain
  • The Many Faces of Jesus
  • Independent Study Module
  • Field Studies or Advanced Field Studies
  • Religion, Ethics and War
  • The Bible and Contemporary Culture
  • Buddhism: Traditions and Transformations
  • Judaism in the Contemporary World
  • Contemporary Christian Theology
  • Religion, Ritual and Society
  • Indigenous Religions
  • Church and Politics
  • Christians, Jews and the Holocaust
  • Christianity and Neoplatonism
  • Early Christian Mysticism
  • Orthodox Christianity
  • Seven Ecumenical Councils
  • New and Alternative Religions

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Senior Seminar
  • Specialism in Theology or Specialism in Religion

Optional modules:

  • Bioethics and Theology
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Bible
  • Hinduism and Modernity
  • Aspects of Islam
  • Religion and Peacebuilding
  • Science and Theology
  • Constructing Meanings: Bible as Literature
  • Religion in Contemporary Britain
  • The Many Faces of Jesus
  • Field Studies or Advanced Field Studies
  • Religion, Ethics and War
  • The Bible and Contemporary Culture
  • Buddhism: Traditions and Transformations
  • Judaism in the Contemporary World
  • Contemporary Christian Theology
  • Ancient Languages
  • Religion, Ritual and Society
  • Indigenous Religions
  • Church and Politics
  • Christians, Jews and the Holocaust
  • Christianity and Neoplatonism
  • Early Christian Mysticism
  • Orthodox Christianity
  • Seven Ecumenical Councils
  • New and Alternative Religions

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

 

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

 

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
  • Independent learning: 1008 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
  • Independent learning: 996 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity* 

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Theology, Religion and Ethics teaching is very student-centred and you are unlikely to be lectured at. We teach in small, informal, specialist classes which ensure you're always a name and never a number. Our teaching is dynamic and interactive, fuelled by reading, discussion and presentations, or through interaction with visual media and the arts. We'll run group exercises, help you get started on individual projects, and guide you along the way with your assessments.

Key features of the student experience include:

  • Field studies (students may undertake field studies to explore the diversity of religions, cultures and traditions - previous trips have included India, Istanbul and Jerusalem)
  • The optional Volunteering and Value Studies modules
  • Contribution of visiting lecturers (both academics and members of faith communities)
  • Opportunities to participate in the department's research seminar series
  • The chance for exchanges with universities overseas

Programme Leaders

Teaching team

Our undergraduate degrees are taught by highly qualified and creative staff, each of whom is internationally recognised in their chosen field. They include:

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

 

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 81 per cent coursework
  • 19 per cent written exams
  • 0 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 87 per cent coursework
  • 13 per cent written exams
  • 0 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 82 per cent coursework
  • 13 per cent written exams
  • 5 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

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We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Graduates enter a wide range of careers in such areas teaching (philosophy, religion or ethics), charity/Non-Governmental Organisation work, and employment in the public and private sectors.

Explore the graduate profiles for this course: Naheed - Youth Interfaith Co-ordinator

Employability

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

 

 

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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