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BA (Hons) Philosophy and Theology

Durham University
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Course UCAS code: VV56
Qualification type:
  • BA (Hons), Full-time , 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 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. In previous years these have included: 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. 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 Students 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 SOCRATES/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 a university of another EU country. 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) / University of Otago (New Zealand) / University of Western Australia (Australia).
For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our website.
Application deadline details:

15 January

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Surrounded by pit villages and beautiful countryside, Durham feels like it is enclosed in a bubble. With students from all over the UK and the world descending on the United Kingdom's 27th smallest city, familiar faces are everywhere. From the far reaches of Gilesgate and Neville's Cross, to houses closer to the city centre, you'll always feel at home.

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Recruitment and Admissions Office:
Tel. 0191 334 1000
Email. [email protected]

Recruitment and Admissions Office:
Tel. 0191 334 1000
Email. [email protected]

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  • 4Winter's avatar by 4Winter on 24th January 2019
    It's a great uni with a really welcoming and active student community. The courses are well-taught, there are so many opportunities to get involved and find things you like whatever your preferences are.
  • by Anonymous on 5th October 2015
    100% brilliant! Apply to durham!
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