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Philosophy, Ethics & Religion

Liverpool Hope University
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
October 2022

October 2023

October 2024
Philosophy, Ethics & Religion

About this program

Philosophy, Ethics & Religion

If you want to understand the world we live in, you have to be able to understand the great religious traditions and philosophical questions that shape it. Our degree in Philosophy, Ethics and Religion is a rigorous programme that offers an in-depth understanding of Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism and Christianity. At the same time, it exposes you to the big questions of philosophy: what is good? What are the ideals or principles by which we can lead a meaningful life, individually and politically? What defines a human person? What can we rationally say about the existence and nature of God?

The study of religion is grounded in an understanding of religions as they are lived and understood: field trips and research in real communities sit alongside the interpretation of texts, symbols and ideas. In philosophy, you will not only be reading the great texts of western thought for yourself, but also significant texts from wider global philosophies. There will also be an emphasis on developing your own ability to think critically and put forward reasoned arguments.

Your studies will be led by internationally renowned lecturers who bring their own research to bear on their teaching. Our staff have special expertise in, for example, the study of Islam, Zen Buddhism. World Christianity, and contemporary philosophy of religion. They will guide and inspire you to clarify the questions you want to ask, and to explore the worldviews of others as you work out your own.

Admission requirements

  • A-Levels - BBC
  • UCAS Tariff Points - 112 UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE - 112 Tariff Points
  • IB - 28
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
  • Welsh Baccalaureate - This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
  • Subject Requirements - No specific subject requirements

International entry requirements

IELTS - 6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year One

Your first year of study builds the foundation of your philosophy and ethics knowledge. You will study normative ethics and metaethics, including utilitarianism, virtue ethics, animal ethics, and the meaning of moral statements. You also look at free will and determinism, as well as the philosophy of knowledge (epistemology) such as empiricism, rationality, transcendental idealism, and phenomenology.

Another key topic you will explore is existentialism and the meaning of life, using the works of, for example, Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-Paul Sartre as a basis for discussions.

You are also introduced to the study of religion, with a focus on the religious traditions of African traditional religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islamic tradition and Hinduism.

Year Two

In your second year, you build on your knowledge and study a number of new topics, including the philosophy of religion, exploring themes such as the existence of God, religious language, with a particular concern for God in post-Kantian philosophy. You also look at political philosophy, with a focus on democracy and its critics, and topics in applied ethics, such as capital punishment, abortion and euthanasia.

You will explore philosophical aesthetics such as beauty, taste and the significance of art, as well as continuing your studies in Islam and global Christianity and examining Buddhism in detail.

Year Three

Your final year is an in-depth look at some of the key philosophical themes. You will study early modern theories of personal identity including those of John Locke and David Hume. You will also look at contemporary debates in the philosophy of mind such as materialism, artificial intelligence, and the mind/brain relationship, as well as the social construction of the self in areas of gender and race. Other lecture topics include the understandings of God in continental philosophy and phenomenology, looking at, key thinkers such as Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas, and Luce Irigaray.

You will explore metaphysical and mystical ideas regarding the connection between the Soul and the Absolute, focusing on the Indian philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, Western Esoteric Traditions, Jewish Kabbalah, and African Philosophy. You will also engage with the broader theme of Religion, Conflict, and Reconciliation, critically evaluating key points of conflict around the world and the role that religions play in cultivating tensions and resolutions. In your seminars, you will look at God after the death of God, and the limits of personhood in relation to human, animal and machine, as well as religion, conflict and reconciliation.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Total tuition fee for local/EU students is £9,250.
  • Tuition fee for International/Non-EU students is £12,500.


The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component.

Career paths

As a Philosophy, Ethics and Religion graduate, you will have developed excellent skills in critical thinking, textual analysis and report writing, and have high-level oral communication skills. You will have an in-depth knowledge of one or more living religious traditions other than Christianity, an understanding of the role of religion in human societies today, and an ability to empathise with and understand different points of view.

This prepares you for a range of careers including law, media, public administration, social and community work. Many graduates enter the teaching profession and you will be well positioned to pursue postgraduate study in philosophy and related humanity subjects. Some of our students go on to study on our own taught MA in Theology, Philosophy, and Religion. A background in Philosophy, Ethics and Religion is excellent preparation for teaching philosophy and/or religious studies at A Level. More broadly, it equips you with the intellectual skills and perspectives needed for facing the ethical and ideological challenges of the contemporary world.

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Liverpool Hope University

With a history extending 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a strong tradition of scholarship and research in key disciplines. The University places emphasis on bringing together research excellence and top-quality teaching. This research-informed teaching enables our students to develop...

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Why study at Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University is a vibrant community of scholars, students and support staff. We are proud of our past, confident in our present and ambitious for our future.

With a history extending over 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a distinctive ethos that brings together scholarship, research and teaching.

Just one in five UK Higher Education providers achieved the gold standard, which measures excellence in teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes - the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals. The city of Liverpool is a wonderful place to study. With a rich culture and heritage and an International airport on the doorstep, why study anywhere else?

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Hope Park Campus
L16 9JD Liverpool
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