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BA (Hons) Philosophy and Ethics

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Top 50
UK university
for student satisfaction
most environmentally-friendly university in the UK
1. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 | 2. Complete University Guide 2020 | 3. HESA Environment Rankings 2019

Entry Requirements and Fees


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 96 - 112 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBC - CCC
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Candidates are advised to request an interview at which they will receive a targeted offer. Full details can be found below.


Course content

Philosophy is an adventure for your mind. We explore how the world’s major philosophical figures have tried to answer the fundamental questions of human existence: what is truth? what is the right way to act? what is the nature of reality?

We explore the history of ideas in order to understand the major issues of today so that we can think creatively about the challenges of tomorrow.You will be joining an academic community of people passionate about exploring profound ethical questions, the limits of knowledge, the existence of God and the possibility of justice. In small groups, you will engage in careful reading and LOTS of discussion as we explore philosophy in texts, literature, film, TV and more.

This course will:

  • Equip you with an overview of major philosophical movement in their historical and cultural contexts
  • Develop your ability to think critically as you analyse arguments
  • Guide you in learning how to use your philosophical skills to think carefully and critically about problems beyond the classroom
  • Provide opportunities to build confidence as you learn to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Support you as you employ your skills and knowledge in the pursuit of an exciting career

Read our latest brochure for more information.

Our facilities

You can take advantage of our range of facilities including:

  • Specific subject librarians are there to offer advice and assistance for your study area, they can provide specialised reading lists and bibliographies if you are having difficulty finding the right materials
  • Additional academic support available such as referencing, essay planning, presentation skills, research and information gathering, plus general dissertation skills
  • Access to over 500,000 e-books, 4,500 e-journals and 100,000 streamed media clips
  • Library and IT services located on campus with Wi-Fi, open access workstations, individual study rooms and group working spaces

Where this can take you

Our students go on to an incredibly varied range of careers after university. The skills learnt on our degrees equip students for all sorts of roles in society, there is no one typical career undertaken by our graduates.


Perhaps the most popular career path is teaching, both secondary and primary. Our degree courses equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful teacher. In year 2 we have a Schools Placement, module run by the university’s RE PGCE Co-ordinator, which ensures you have the relevant understanding and experience for a high quality PGCE application.

Graham Cook is a Chichester graduate and Head of a local secondary school  RE department. He writes:

"Being a teacher is fantastically rewarding but it also takes a lot of time, patience and energy. Exploring philosophical questions with 11-18 year old students is extremely interesting and offers a real opportunity for me to learn something new every day.

The degree at Chichester is varied in terms of content and the skills you can develop. I was required to write essays in a way that encouraged me to evaluate my work and to undertake research independently.  I was also given the opportunity to create and deliver presentations to other students, a valuable skill for teaching."

Postgraduate Study

An increasing number of our students go on to postgraduate study. We have former students studying at Masters and PhD level with us here at Chichester. Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Sarah Smith is a Chichester graduate who is studying for a PhD and also undertaking some teaching at the university. 

A variety of different careers

Other careers pursued by our students include:

  • Sam works in IT designing games
  • Lucy-Anne works in HR for a London bank
  • Alice works in adult recruitment
  • Michael is a manager in a music company
  • Joe works for the Civil Service
  • Jack is a manager in a charity
  • Chantalle is a staff nurse
  • Lizzie works in a museum
  • Dan is a church minister
  • Laura is an MP’s researcher
  • Tom is a youth worker
  • Alex is an editor for a publishing company
  • Elliott works in local government
  • Rosie is an organist
  • Lottie is a librarian
  • Josh is a manager at Hewlett Packard
  • Amy is a fundraiser for a charity
  • John is a police officer
  • Dan is a communications officer

Indicative modules

Year One:

  • Faith and Reason
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Law and Society
  • The Problem of Human Nature
  • The Quest for Truth
  • Religion, Ethics and Violence
  • Subverting the Subject
  • What is the Good Life?

Year Two:

  • Bio-Ethics
  • Critique, Suspicion and Revolution
  • Enlightenment Europe, 1688-1789
  • Environment and State in Britain since 1945
  • Fascism and Post-Fascism in Europe
  • Freedom and Justice
  • Ideologies, Politics, Culture
  • Islamic Identities
  • Philosophy and the Theory of Religion
  • Saints or Sinners
  • Work Placement

Year Three:

  • Dissertation
  • British Culture Wars
  • The Ethics of Reading
  • Philosophy and the Future
  • Political Theology
  • Revisioning Religion, Gender and Sexuality
  • The Theology and Politics of Paul the Apostle
  • Thinking through the Holocaust
  • Unconscious Desires
  • Writing, Environment and Ecocriticism

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

Progressive Assessment

We believe the best way for you to learn is through practice and feedback.  This is the principle which underpins our progressive assessment system.  Beginning in year one you will be asked to undertake pieces of assessment throughout the semester.  This ensures you do not have to do all your assessment at the end of term, a sort of ‘big bang’ method of assessment, in which it is difficult to do your best work.  Rather we break up the assessment throughout the term.

This means we can give you feedback as you go along.  You don’t have to wait until the end of term to know whether you have succeeded or not.  In your year one individual tutorials you will receive detailed and clear help on how to do better in your work.  It means that many of our students far exceed their expectations about what they thought they could achieve academically.

When it comes to assessment you will be asked to undertake a variety of tasks, many of which will be useful in your future careers.  You will be asked to write essays as you might expect.  You might also write book reviews, reviews of films, write reports on projects, make a video, construct an exhibition and make presentations.  It depends a bit on what you study.  You will get a lot of support so there is no need to worry about assessment (too much!)


Additional Costs

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Study Abroad

The Department of Humanities provides students with an outstanding range of degrees where you are encouraged to study abroad for one or two semesters.

We have partnered up with some of the best universities in the world including our friends in Italy, the oldest University, University of Bologna-Ravenna. The full list of partners today are:

  • University of Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  • University of Wuerzburg (Germany)
  • University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Cadiz University (Spain)
  • University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu and Kuopio (Finland)
  • Karadeniz University (Turkey)
  • St Norberts College (Wisconsin, USA)
  • Mercer University (Georgia, USA)
  • Columbus State University (Georgia, USA)
  • University of Northern Iowa (Iowa, USA)
  • Queens College (New York, USA)
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (New York, USA)
  • Louisiana State University (Louisiana, USA)
  • Thompson Rivers University (Canada)
  • Rikkyo University (Japan)

While our students work and study with our partners we welcome their students to our classes as well as supporting academic exchanges for global researchers to connect to our home students.

Interview information

We encourage all students who want to apply for one of our degrees to come and visit us on an Open Day.

If we make you a standard offer we will also invite you for an interview. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us.  It is an opportunity for you to talk about your interest in the subject, as well as discuss aspects of your personal statement, what career plans you have, if any, and for you to ask us any questions about the course or life at Chichester. If the interview goes well we will revise your offer so that it is a targeted offer.  It is not possible to say what they will be in advance of the interview but a majority of those who come for interview and succeed have received revised offers of ‘EE”. 

Student View

"I would highly recommend Chichester to anyone wishing to study Theology and Religion. The small department size has a personal feel and means that links with tutors are strong, and support is always available." - Deborah Stacey

"The Theology and Religion degree at Chichester is fascinating, challenging and thought provoking. It really opens your mind and makes you think deeply about things you perhaps never had thought about. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere on campus is great." - Emilie Underwood

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