BA Philosophy and Theology with Study Abroad

Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAB-ABB; IB: 34-32
  • Philosophy
  • Theology and Religion
Location Streatham (Exeter)


This degree enables you to study the complementary disciplines of Philosophy and Theology. Questions relating to the nature of God, religion, faith and moral life have been the domain of both Philosophy and Theology for many centuries. Philosophy offers invaluable logical and analytical tools to address theological questions, both old and new. This programme will also enable you to reflect in depth about the role of religion in contemporary life and society. 

This four-year programme includes one year spent studying abroad either through the Erasmus scheme in Europe or with one of our international partner institutions elsewhere in the world. 

Studying Philosophy will give you the opportunity to discuss long-standing questions about the nature of knowledge (how do we know what we know?), science (does science provide us with a special kind of knowledge?), reality (does the world out there really exist?), ethics (how should we act?), art and beauty (who decides what counts as beautiful?), the mind-body relationship (how can the brain produce the mind?), the meaning of life (why is there something rather than nothing?) and more.

You’ll also receive an excellent grounding in all the subjects essential to a good understanding of the discipline of Theology, from biblical studies and church history to modern theology, philosophy and ethics.

A long list of Theology and Philosophy options will enable you to customise your degree by choosing modules covering topics as diverse as the soul, heaven and hell, heresy, morality and ethics, martyrs and pilgrimage, life after death, the Holocaust, philosophy of science and the study of religions. 

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The Philosophy and Theology degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

The third year is spent studying abroad at a partner institution.

Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.

Year 1

The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of philosophical and theological theory and concepts. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

Compulsory modules

PHL1006Introduction to Philosophical Analysis 15
PHL1002AKnowledge and Reality 1 15
PHL1005AEvidence and Argument 115
Choose THE1106 and either THE1102 or THE1076
THE1106Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics15
THE1102Christian Origins: From Jesus to the Early Church15
THE1076Religion in the Modern World15

Optional modules

Select 15 credits of Philosophy Level 1 optional modules.

Select 15 credits of Theology Level 1 optional modules.

PHL1002BKnowledge and Reality 2 15
PHL1007Philosophical Reading 115
PHL1008Philosophical Readings 215
PHL1013Philosophy of Morality 15
PHL1036Foucault-Discipline and Punish15
PHL1112Philosophy of Film 15
THE1054The Gospels: Origins and Outlooks15
THE1072 Introducing Biblical Hebrew15
THE1073The Creation of A Nation in the Hebrew Bible15
THE1075 Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics15
THE1076 Religion in the Modern World15
THE1107 Atonement and Salvation15

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Choose either THE2069 or THE2150
THE2069Introducing Paul15
THE2150The Divine World in the Hebrew Bible15
Choose either THE2059 or THE2125
THE2059Christian Moral Theory and Ethics15
THE2125Modern Theology15

Optional modules

Select 45 credits of Philosophy Level 2 optional modules and 15 credits of Philosophy Level 3 options.

Select 30 credits of Theology optional modules.

Philosophy (Year 2)
PHL2010APhilosophy of Mind - 115
PHL2011APhilosophy of Nature 115
PHL2012Social Philosophy 15
PHL2015Body and Mind 15
PHL2016Metaphysics 15
PHL2018Philosophy of Language15
Philosophy (Year 3)
PHL3011Philosophy of Science30
PHL3013Virtues and Vices15
PHL3014Symbolic Logic15
PHL3018Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology 15
PHL3029Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation15
PHL3035Critical Bioethics15
PHL3037Aristotle's Politics15
PHL3038The Self15
PHL3046AThe Holocaust, Genocide and Society30
PHL3074Cyborg Studies 30
PHL3075Philosophical Readings 615
PHL3100Knowledge and History: Theories of Scientific Change15
THE1072 Introducing Biblical Hebrew15
THE2035 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew15
THE2059 Christian Moral Theory and Ethics15
THE2069 Introducing Paul15
THE2125 Modern Theology15
THE2150 The Divine World in the Hebrew Bible15
THE2152 Evolution, God and Gaia30
THE2177 Dead Sea Scrolls15
THE2179 'Deviant Bodies': Disability Studies and the New Testament30
THE2180 Reading Augustine through the Confessions30
THE2190 Art in Syria and the Holy Land at the Time of the Crusades15
THE2194 Critical Readings in Theology and Religion15
THE2195 Blasphemy and the Abrahamic Faiths30
THE2196 Encounters in Philosophy and Theology30
THE2197 The Earliest Christian Communities15
THE2199 Theology & Criminal Justice30
THE3182 Reading Early Jewish and Christian Texts15

Year 3

Students will spend the third year of their studies in a partner university on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study. The year abroad comprises 120 credits and assessment is based on the credits gained at the partner institution.

HUM3999Year Abroad120

Year 4

The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. You will also take up to three other specialist modules to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests.

You can take your dissertation in Philosophy (PHL3040) or Theology (THE3082).

Compulsory modules

Select one of the following:

Optional modules

PHL3011Philosophy of Science30
PHL3013Virtues and Vices15
PHL3014Symbolic Logic15
PHL3018Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology 15
PHL3029Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation15
PHL3035Critical Bioethics15
PHL3037Aristotle's Politics15
PHL3038The Self15
PHL3046AThe Holocaust, Genocide and Society30
PHL3074Cyborg Studies 30
PHL3075Philosophical Readings 615
PHL3100Knowledge and History: Theories of Scientific Change15
THE3152 Evolution, God and Gaia30
THE3177 Dead Sea Scrolls15
THE3179 'Deviant Bodies': Disability Studies and the New Testament30
THE3180 Reading Augustine through the Confessions30
THE3182 Reading Early Jewish and Christian Texts15
THE3190 Art in Syria and the Holy Land at the Time of the Crusades15
THE3194 Critical Readings in Theology and Religion15
THE3195 Blasphemy and the Abrahamic Faiths30
THE3196 Encounters in Philosophy and Theology30
THE3197 The Earliest Christian Communities15
THE3199 Theology & Criminal Justice30

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32

Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

Programmes with Study Abroad

Entry for programmes ‘with Study Abroad’ is offered on the basis that you will spend your time abroad at an institution where the teaching and examining is delivered in English. However, we also have partners that teach in French, Spanish and German. Should you wish to study at one of these institutions you will need to take modules through the Foreign Language Centre up to ‘Advanced’ standard in the appropriate language. In order to reach this standard before the year abroad, students usually need to have entered the University with the equivalent of a good GCSE or AS level (or higher) in that language.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, group-work, debates, journalling, one-to-one or small group tutorials. Depending on the modules you choose, you may also have the opportunity to go on field trips, for example - to visit European galleries to see how religious ideas are represented in art.

You will be encouraged to develop your writing and presentation skills in a supportive atmosphere. You’ll have regular tutorials in which you meet to discuss essays with your tutor, together with a small group of other students. These personal contacts are very important in developing staff-student relations and for getting to know your fellow students.

Through our system of personal and subject tutors, you will find the individual help and guidance you need to succeed and you'll have a chance to make your mark on the programmes through regular student evaluations and participation in the Student-Staff Liaison Committee and student societies.


You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. For four-year programmes, the assessments in the second, third and fourth years all contribute to your final degree classification.

Study abroad

A full year abroad, at one of our partner institutions, is generally taken in the third year of this four year degree programme. You can apply directly for the four-year 'with Study Abroad' programme, or transfer from another programme once you are at the University of Exeter. More details about study abroad options and destinations can be found on the College of Social Sciences and International Studies study abroad web pages.


A degree from the University of Exeter will provide you with a range of professional, academic and personal skills that will prepare you for future employment.

Our programmes not only give you an understanding of your subjects but also give you an excellent all round education. You will learn to understand other people's points of view, communicate your own position clearly and argue effectively. You will also learn to collect, assess and present evidence and to work independently and in groups.

Studying Philosophy and Theology is good preparation for a number of careers, such as teaching, the media, business, Civil Service, work in the public and charity sectors, and the legal profession.

Developing your skills and career prospects

We provide a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. You will be able to access a range of specific activities such as careers skills sessions and employer-led events, or seek bespoke advice and support from the Employability Officers based in your College.

The University of Exeter's Employability and Graduate Development Service also organises a busy schedule of activities including careers fairs, skills workshops, and training events, and can advise on graduate opportunities and volunteering.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192

Website: Visit the Philosophy website