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MA Philosophy of Religion and Ethics This programme is only available in online mode

Programme code:MA-PR/EUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Mark Wynn Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Normally 2.1 or above in a first degree (BA or equivalent) in a relevant humanities or social science subject. Other applications will be considered where there is evidence of relevant experience, background or private study in the field.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Programme specification:

This course examines central questions in Philosophy, with particular reference to issues in the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. It will be suitable for teachers of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics in schools, and students with an interest in fundamental life questions.
The course has been designed to be accessible to students from a variety of Humanities and Social Science backgrounds. It is also flexible, allowing students to follow their interests.
In all 3 programmes (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and MA), students are able to choose between two Philosophy of Religion modules, one examining concepts of God, and the other ideas of spiritual practice. If they wish, MA and Graduate Diploma students may take both these modules.
In all 3 programmes, students take an Introduction to Ethics module. They then choose one or more additional modules in Ethics, on themes such as justice, environmental ethics, business ethics, and the ethics of life and death. Students have the option of specialising in either Philosophy of Religion or Ethics, but are required to take at least 30 credits in each area.
Students of the Graduate Diploma can write a dissertation on a subject of their choosing, in philosophy of religion or ethics or some combination of these subjects. MA students write a dissertation on a subject of their choosing, and have the option of writing an extended dissertation (of 90 credits). The dissertation enables students to examine an area of particular interest to them in depth, with the support of a supervisor.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

IDEA5210MIntroduction to Ethics: Reasons, Motivation, Obligations and Happiness15 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to take a dissertation module of either 60 or 90 credits:

PRHS5600MPhilosophy of Religion and Ethics Dissertation60 creditsSemester 2
PRHS5601MPhilosophy of Religion and Ethics Extended Dissertation90 creditsSemester 2

Candidates will be required to study at least one (and if they wish, they may take both of) the following modules:

PRHS5075MPhilosophy and Spiritual Practice30 creditsSemester 2
PRHS5085MConcepts of God30 creditsSemester 2

Candidates will be required to study up to 75 credits from the following optional modules

IDEA5260MJustice: Fairness, Equality and Diversity15 creditsSemester 2
IDEA5270MGlobal Environmental Ethics15 creditsSemester 1
IDEA5280MBusiness Ethics15 creditsSemester 1
IDEA5322MEthical Issues at the Beginning of Life (Online)15 creditsSemester 1
IDEA5333MEthical Issues at the End of Life (Online)15 creditsSemester 1
IDEA5377MCurrent Developments in Health Care Ethics (Online)30 creditsSemester 1

Last updated: 04/12/2018


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