What Will You Study
Lancaster’s combined Philosophy and Religious Studies degree gives you the opportunity to benefit from world-class resources and tutors. Lancaster is home to ten philosophers, with a wide range of research interests and expertise and our Religious Studies programme continues to be a leader in terms of quality teaching and innovative research.
You’ll divide your time equally between Philosophy and Religious Studies, gaining a solid grounding in both subjects. You’ll start with modules including Introduction to Philosophy, Religions of the Modern World and Ethics, Philosophy and Religion. In the second and third year you choose from a wide range of modules including: Philosophy of Science; Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Continental Philosophy; Religion and Violence; Media, Religion and Politics; Indian Religious and Philosophical Thought; New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities; Reading Buddhism; Reading Islam; Religion and Politics; Religion in Schools.
You will have the opportunity to spend Year 3 on placement with a public, private or voluntary organisation in the UK or overseas. This experience will boost your employment prospects and will help you to decide on your career direction and the kind of organisation in which you want to work once you graduate. You will be doing a real, responsible job – with all the satisfaction that brings. Our Placements Team will support you in finding and applying for a suitable placement that will support your professional development. Applying for a placement is a competitive process and the preparatory modules you will complete in years one and two are designed to give you the best chance of success in your placement applications. You will also be provided with dedicated workshops, 1:1 appointments with careers professionals as well as opportunities to speak with employers here on campus.
During the placement year you will remain a Lancaster University student which means that you will still be eligible for a student loan, have access to facilities such as the library and receive discounts on transport and council tax. Your tuition fee will be reduced to 20% during the placement year.
The placement will enhance your understanding of the connections between theory and practice and this will benefit your final year of study. This is an exciting opportunity to build up experience and transferable skills, as well as to make contacts with potential employers which will place you a step ahead in the graduate recruitment market.