Global Religions and Philosophy

BA Hons

  • UCAS code V651
  • Entry year 2024 or 2025
  • A level requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 3 years

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

  • 8

    8th for Satisfied with teaching (Philosophy)

    The Guardian University Guide (2024)

  • 11th in the UK for Graduate Prospects (joint, Complete University Guide 2025)

  • Explore philosophy from a global perspective

Why Lancaster?

  • Discover a new take on studying religion that includes world, political and social perspectives
  • Join a pioneering department - the first Religious Studies department in the UK and the first to include world religions, we continue to innovate with fresh new takes on the study of religion
  • What is the relationship between faith and reason? Does morality require free will? Explore eternal questions of human existence in this stimulating programme
  • Study in a department that emphasises the practical applications of philosophy, working with our experts who regularly contribute to public policy debates
  • Examine age-old and emerging intellectual discussions in a global context – our decolonised curriculum is led by specialists in non-Western religions and philosophies
  • Gain real-world research experience on an internship with the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies
  • Graduate with critical thinking skills that will open up a range of exciting careers, from politics and diplomacy to consultancy and education

What is the nature of human existence? How do different cultures and faiths grapple with issues of ethics, meaning and knowledge? Our exciting programme will equip you with a global perspective on the fundamental questions that have gripped thinkers from ancient to modern times.

An intellectual world within your reach

You’ll become familiar with the thought of key historical and modern-day thinkers in philosophy and religion, from well-known authors like John Stuart Mill and Friedrich Nietzsche, to contemporary authors like Elizabeth Anderson and Iris Marion Young.

You’ll build upon this by constructing a degree from module choices that span the global intellectual landscape. From Islamic ethics, to Indian philosophical and religious thought, to Chinese philosophy. Our department’s experts cover a vast and varied terrain, and will support you to specialise in whichever areas of religion and philosophy you choose.

From thinking to practice

You’ll benefit from the opportunity to apply for an internship with our department’s Richardson Institute. Here, you’ll have the chance to apply the knowledge and skills you develop on your studies to a real-world research project with external bodies such as think tanks and faith-based organisations, working in a research centre known for its innovative output.

You’ll be able to bolster the global outlook you build on this programme by joining one of the short, overseas trips run by the University. Past visits have seen students travel to India, Ghana and the USA.

Careers

You’ll graduate with excellent critical thinking skills, and the ability to judge evidence in a logical manner and communicate a strong case for an argument. These attributes are highly sought-after by employers in today’s graduate job market, and will open up a rich and varied range of career paths to you.

The international awareness and knowledge of world cultures you will build through undertaking a globally-oriented programme will equip you to enter exciting, internationally-focussed roles.

Some of the careers you might choose to pursue include:

  • Civil and Diplomatic Services
  • International charities and NGOs
  • Consultancy
  • Teaching and education
  • Media, journalism and PR
  • Politics and government

Many graduates from our department also choose to go onto further study, taking a Master’s degree or PhD.

Find out more about the support the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion offers to improve your employability, and learn about the careers of some of our alumni.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring that you gain a highly reputable degree. We are also dedicated to ensuring that you graduate with relevant life and work-based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award, which offers you the opportunity to complete activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development.

Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects.

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Contextual Offers

Our Contextual Offer Scheme recognises the potential of applicants whose personal circumstances may have impacted their exam results.

Contextual offers

Course structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

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Core

Optional

Optional

Fees and funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2024/25 are:

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£9,250 £23,750

Fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status:

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Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2025/2026 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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