Philosophy & Religion and History BA (Joint Hons)

UCAS CodeVVV1
QualificationBA (Joint Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer96–112 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

The School of Philosophy and Religion at Bangor University offers the opportunity to study some of the most important and challenging philosophical ideas that have shaped Western culture, and to consider how they interrelate with Western religious thought. The School has developed out of a longstanding tradition in these subject areas within the University since the 19th century, and you will find here a friendly and informal atmosphere that will help you to cultivate the skills of debate and independent thinking.

History is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and relevant subjects that can be studied at degree level, and so it is no surprise that History remains one of the most popular degree subjects in the UK. It has an established range of concerns, but it is always expanding and changing as it responds to new themes or ideas raised by other disciplines. It is also a very practical subject, and during your degree you will develop various transferable skills that employers value highly. Surveys consistently indicate that History graduates obtain employment more rapidly than graduates in many apparently more 'vocational' subjects.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

The School of Philosophy and Religion:

  • Situated at the centre of an imposing University campus, the School of Philosophy and Religion has developed out of a long and distinguished tradition of teaching philosophy and religion for over a century.
  • You will benefit from our staff’s expertise and commitment to teaching, student care and welfare.
  • Our staff are research active and incorporate current research into their teaching.
  • We offer the opportunity for students to study Philosophy and Religion as a Single Honours degree, or in combination with a range of complementary subjects as part of a Joint Honours degree.

The School of History:

  • Although we are a relatively small School, we have experts in all fields of History from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, who work principally on Britain, Europe and the United States of America. Our research influences, and is integrated into, our teaching.
  • Our degrees are rigorous and will thus develop your skills of analysis, argument, and criticism, but you will be learning in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Staff are approachable, and enthusiastic. In the most recent National Student Survey, 90% of students thought that lecturers provided enthusiastic teaching, and 91% found their modules intellectually stimulating.
  • We aim to provide you with as wide a range of modules as possible.
  • You will often be taught in small groups.
  • We recognize the importance of transferable skills to you and your future employers, including the ability to write well and to present clearly and your ability to use a number of different IT packages. These are an integral part of the degree programmes we offer.
  • The local area is steeped in history and provides a resource for field work as well as a superb location for study. If you have a particular interest in Welsh History we are a natural place to study the subject.

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Course Content

Teaching is mainly by lectures, seminars, and individual tutorials. Many modules also make use of Blackboard, the University’s online learning environment. During each semester you will study modules equivalent to 60 credits, making a total of 120 credits per year. We use a wide range of methods for assessment, including essays, book reviews, case studies, reports, presentations, and written examinations. In the second year you have the option of taking an ‘independent study’ module, wherein you can choose a topic in which you have a special interest and undertake independent study under the guidance of a supervisor, leading to a 5,000-word essay. In the final year, you will be encouraged to develop this topic further, or choose a different one of your choice, to undertake independent research under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor, leading to a 10,000-word dissertation.

What will you study on this course?

In your first year of this joint honours degree in Philosophy and Religion and History you will take modules equivalent to 60 credits in the School of Philosophy and Religion. The other 60 credits will be taken in the other School.

In your second year, you will take modules equivalent to 60 credits in the School of Philosophy and Religion and 60 credits in the other School.

In your third year you will take modules equivalent to 60 credits in the School of Philosophy and Religion and 60 credits in the other school. You may be eligible to choose the Dissertation module (40 credits), which involves independent study with supervised support, leading to the submission of a 10,000-word dissertation.

Please see below for a list of modules current students are studying.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Philosophy & Religion and History Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

A Philosophy and Religion course will open up opportunities in a broad range of areas, including teaching, communication, publishing, social work, librarianship, the media etc. Many students will go on to pursue postgraduate degrees leading to an MA, MRes or PhD.

With a good degree in History combining sound historical knowledge and a range of analytical and presentational skills, you will be able to tackle a variety of career options centring on administration and public leadership, for example, in personnel departments in privately owned industry, the civil service and local government as well as in a range of directly transferable vocations. Bangor History graduates have in recent years gained careers in commerce, law, teaching and the armed forces.

Employability and the School of History and Archaeology

The strength of a History and Archaeology degree is its intellectual breadth and flexibility. This makes our graduates an attractive proposition for employers looking for analytical and lateral thinkers.

Transferable skills

Studying History, Archaeology and Heritage prepares our students for the workplace by providing academic skills and honing personal ones:

  • Research skills and the evaluation of data sets
  • Critical thinking
  • Writing and editorial skills
  • Confidence and flexibility
  • Independent and team working
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • IT and Time management
  • Practical skills in archaeology (survey, excavation and the study of material evidence).

Work experience while you study

The School’s work placement module provides an insight into the type of employment to which a degree in History or Archaeology can lead.

Students gain work experience in:

  • Archives
  • Schools
  • Heritage sites (National Trust, Cadw, English Heritage)
  • Heritage railways
  • Museums
  • Westminster Parliament and the Welsh Assembly
  • Archaeological digs and units
  • Trusts and charities

Read what our students say about the workplace experience (link to work placement page).

Directed personal and professional development while studying helps our students achieve a CV that catches the attention of prospective employers.

In addition to a degree, Bangor students can provide prospective employers with a record of academic and non-academic achievements through the Bangor Employability Award Scheme (BEA) and HEAR report.

Career opportunities

History, Archaeology and Heritage students enter careers in many different fields:

  • Archaeological units, archives and librarianship
  • Museums and heritage management
  • Research (Academic and the media – television, radio, film).
  • Teaching in primary, secondary and higher education
  • Business and finance professions
  • Law
  • Commercial, industrial and public service management
  • Marketing, sales and public relations
  • Civil service, charities and local and regional government
  • Personnel
  • Leisure and travel
  • Tourism

Work experience opportunities at Bangor University

Level 5 and 6 students are provided with the opportunity to complete work-placement modules, which can be carried out in the university or through external organizations. These are assessed as part of the final degree. The programme enhances employability prospects and offers an insight into the type of employment opportunities a degree in history or archaeology offers.  Students have undertaken placements in a wide range of workplaces, including archives, archaeological units, museums and heritage centres.

Employment Opportunities

Examples of employment opportunities in history and archaeology can be found at the following sites:

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements below are the School of Philosophy and Religion requirements. Please also check with the School of History for any additional requirements.

For 2018 entry:

  • Typical offers are 112-96 tariff points from a level 3 qualification*. All subjects are accepted including General Studies with either Philosophy or Religion preferred but not essential. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in all component parts). 

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • Typical offers are 112-96 tariff points from a level 3 qualification*. All subjects are accepted including General Studies with either Philosophy or Religion preferred but not essential. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in all component parts). 

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor, we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

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Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions Tutor
School of Philosophy and Religion
Bangor University
LL57 2DG
Tel: 01248 382079
E-mail: spar@bangor.ac.uk

Studying History with us

  • We are a centre of academic excellence offering high-quality, research-led teaching
  • History has been taught at Bangor since the foundation of the University in 1884 – we have a wealth of experience and a strong sense of tradition
  • Our expertise spans medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary history as well as Welsh history, archaeology and heritage
  • We are recognised for outstanding pastoral care and award-winning teaching
  • Bangor is an inspiring location in which to study history, particularly Welsh History in which we have an unrivalled research record
  • The School has an excellent teaching reputation with an emphasis on small group teaching and one-on-one support
  • Our community of students, lecturers and researchers is a friendly and stimulating place to work and study
  • The School has a proven record of research achievement, with the regular publication of books and articles by staff with international reputations in their fields
  • Bangor is located in an area with an outstanding range of archaeology monuments: prehistoric tombs and stone circles, Roman forts, native farmsteads, and medieval castles including the World Heritage sites of Beaumaris, Caernarfon and Conwy
  • Students are encouraged to take part in excavations and there are opportunities to work in the local Archaelogical unit, museums and archives

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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