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BA (Hons) Religion, Ethics and Society

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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 more targeted offer. 

Course content

This degree allows you to explore the relationships between religion, ethics and society at a time when it has never been more relevant or important to do so. We live in a world where some of the most serious threats to justice and well-being are related to failures to engage effectively with religious plurality. On this course you will investigate the complex questions surrounding the definition of ‘religion’, explore different theories of the good life, discuss important issues such as  religious conflict, and study key ethical and religious  thinkers. The degree fosters in-depth knowledge and key skills in critical thinking for grappling with some of the biggest challenges in contemporary society.

This course will:

  • Develop your abilities to analyse complex material related to global issues of religious belonging, pluralism, diversity, and identity
  • Allow you to explore the exciting diversity of different beliefs, practices and worldviews
  • Enhance skills in group discussion and independent research 
  • Help you to enhance written and oral skills, argue convincingly, and communicate effectively
  • Enable you to grow in confidence and gain experience in relating your degree to future careers

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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 the Religion, Ethics and Society degree equip students for all sorts of roles in society. There is no one typical career undertaken by our graduates.

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.


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 Work Placement, which can be undertake at a school in order to gain experience of working in a school setting. The module provides guidance on finding a placement and on reflecting on your work experience.

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.”


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, and also in a range of universities around the country. 

Rebekah Hanson is a Chichester graduate who went on to do a Masters degree and is now undertaking PhD research at the university. She says:

“The undergrad and post-grad degree programs at University of Chichester have empowered me to creatively and critically engage with a range of theological perspectives in ways which have encouraged continued academic growth. The undergrad degree provided me with the skills and confidence to develop further in post-grad study and independent research.”


Other careers pursued by our students include IT, game design, human resources, adult recruitment, management, charity organisations, nursing, Civil Service, museum work, ministry, the Church, research, politics, youth work, publishing, editing, local government, library services, fund-raising, the police, communications, marketing.

Indicative modules

Year One:

  • Renaissance and Reformation Europe, 1350-1600
  • Faith and Reason
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Law and Society
  • The Problem of Human Nature
  • The Quest for Truth
  • Religion, Ethics and Violence
  • What is the Good Life?

Year Two:

  • Bio-Ethics
  • Environment and State in Britain since 1945
  • Fascism and Post-Fascism in Europe
  • Medieval Heresies, 1100-1500
  • Freedom and Justice
  • Islamic Identities
  • Kingdom of Heaven: Crusading and the Holy Land
  • Popes and Politics
  • Philosophy and Theory of Religion
  • Re-litigating the Past: State, Media and Historical Injustice
  • Saints or Sinners
  • Critique, Suspicion and Revolution
  • Contemporary Interpretation of the Bible
  • Work Placement

Year Three:

  • Dissertation
  • The Cultural History of Death
  • Dictatorship, Conformity and Resistance
  • The Ethics of Reading
  • Political Theology
  • Revisioning Religion, Gender and Sexuality
  • Thinking through the Holocaust
  • Philosophy and the Future
  • The Theology and Politics of Paul the Apostle
  • British Culture Wars
  • Henry VIII and Court Culture

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.  You will have the opportunity for 1-1 tutorials with module tutors and your academic advisor where you 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, book reviews, reviews of films, blog posts, prepare presentations, conduct group work, compile reports on projects, and conduct work-shops.  You will get a lot of support so there is no need to worry about assessment.

Our focus is on course-work rather than exams in order to support a progressive and supported learning environment.

“I love to discuss issues and elements of modules with my course mates, sparking very different responses.  The course has also rekindled my love for learning, as essays take the place of exams, so the pressure is less focused, allowing me to enjoy the passion for learning that I had lost during A Levels!” - Madeleine Hobday

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Social Life and Community

The Religion, Ethics and Society programme at Chichester prides itself on community – amongst students in the degree, across year groups and with staff, as well as with students from other Humanities degrees. 

We have found in the past that the ‘open door’ tutorial policy whereby tutors say they are available at any time does not work effectively.  Many students are not comfortable going to tutors they don’t know well to talk about any of their concerns or issues.  So we make a point out of getting to know you when you arrive as a first year student. Each student is given an academic advisor whom you will meet with regularly throughout your time at Chichester.

The Religion, Ethics and Society, Theology, Philosophy and Ethics programmes regularly organise social events such as cinema trips, museum visits, film evenings, pub trips, guest lectures and debates on topical issues.

In addition, there is a wide variety of activities and organisations on a university-wide level which you can take part in such as societies, clubs and sports.

“Chichester isn’t a big place, but as a result there is a community that I did not experience elsewhere.  Lecturers take the time to get to know, guide and encourage you, and their doors are always open.” - Madeleine Hobday 

“University study can seem daunting and scary, but with the regular feedback, support and information given to me by my lecturers and support staff I have felt at ease and confident that I can complete University study to a high standard.” - Hollie Marriott.

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.

Student View

“I love studying at Chichester.  The course is so diverse and relevant to today's society.  Increasing levels of globalisation and diversity make knowledge of other cultures absolutely essential - now more than ever. You also really get to learn a lot more about yourself and develop your own personal ideas.” - Rachel Page

“I have found working on my dissertation to be a very challenging, but rewarding experience. It has allowed me to independently explore a subject that I am passionate about in great depth. I have had to learn to critically analyse a wide range of sources, and it has surprised me how much my own thoughts on the subject have changed so much during the course of writing it! I have also received great support from my supervisor, which has allowed me to explore concepts and ideas that I never would have thought of myself.”Joshua Hatt

“Chichester is a small university and because of this everyone gets to know everyone. Not only this, but, your lecturers also have a chance to get to know each of you on a more personal level. This benefits you as a student as you feel more comfortable discussing work knowing that they will help in all ways they can, as well as feeling comfortable to talk about more personal issues. The staff are constantly cheerful (must be something in the air!) and always make time for you not just for academic reasons, but for any general enquiry or concerns.” – Oliver Turner

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