BA Philosophy and Religion

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:

Course unit fact file
Unit code RELT30000
Credit rating 40
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Religions & Theology
Available as a free choice unit? No


The dissertation gives you an opportunity to pursue in depth a subject in the study of religion and theology which has particularly interested you and on which you can bring to bear your understanding of methods and issues developed in other course units in your degree programme (See also section 3.4.5). The dissertation should be appropriately supported by second and/or third level course unit choices and, for students on particular pathways, should fall within their specified pathway. For Joint students of Comparative Religion and Social Anthropology, the dissertation should be interdisciplinary.


To give all students the opportunity to work independently on an extended supervised piece of research which demonstrates their critical understanding of a specific aspect of the study of religion and/or theology.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the dissertation, you will have:

- Developed skills of working independently

- Compiled your own bibliography of different types of sources from a range of appropriate Information sources (e.g. library catalogue, electronic databases, web etc)

- Defined an issue in the study of religion and/or theology and developed your skills of analysing and formulating an argument in interpretation of that source material

- Shown your ability to use categories critically whether derived from within or outside the tradition or subject being studied

Assessment methods

Dissertation 100%


Feedback methods

  • Oral feedback and guidance on dissertation
  • Written feedback
  • Additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment)

Recommended reading

To be agreed with supervisor

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 400

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Andrew Boakye Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Meetings with individual supervisor to be arranged

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