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Philosophy and Religion 

Find out about the range of course options in Philosophy and Religion

Why Study Philosophy and Religion?

Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. It’s a way of thinking about the world, the universe, and society. Religion spans history, it’s the primary expression of humanity's quest to find meaning and purpose, and it influences cultures and plays a major role in shaping today’s political landscape. Understanding this phenomenon helps us explore the most basic questions of our existence.

  • Situated at the centre of an imposing University campus, the subjects of Philosophy and Religion have a long and distinguished history being taught at Bangor for over a century.
  • 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.

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Studying this course has been such an amazing experience. This is due to the continued, excellent support my lecturers have given, allowing me to become more confident as a student and as an individual. A range of module choices welcomes anyone who wishes to study Philosophy and Religion to Bangor University.

Megan Griffiths,  Philosophy and Religion

Career Opportunities in Philosophy and Religion

By studying Philosophy and Religion, you will learn valuable skills that can be applied to any field of work. The ability to think objectively, to appreciate cultural diversity, to assess influential human ideas and to understand different views of life's meaning.

A degree in Philosophy and Religion can 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.

Our Research in Philosophy and Religion

The expertise of Philosophy and Religion staff lies broadly in the areas of Western philosophy and both Western and Eastern religions, and includes philosophy of religion, ethics and psychoanalytic studies. Staff are internationally recognised experts in their chosen field, bringing knowledge and enthusiasm to their teaching.

The department has an active community of research students and offers research supervision in a range of specialist areas, including:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Meta ethics and Normative ethics
  • Meta philosophy
  • Problem of Evil
  • Aesthetics
  • Islamic studies
  • Fundamentalism
  • Psychoanalytic studies
  • Jungian studies
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Mental health and its relationship to existentialism and religion.
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