Philosophy and Religion

Philosophy is concerned with studying general and specific questions about existence, knowledge, values, logic, mind and languages. Studying Philosophy lets you try to make sense of the world around us, other people or ourselves by using rational arguments.

Religion spans history, influences cultures and plays a major role in shaping today’s political landscape. Explore how the meaning of “Religion” differs around the world, and how it is practiced in society.

Philosophy courses at Stirling give you breadth and variety by studying many different topics such as metaphysics, individual philosophers, moral philosophy, rationalism, and environmental ethics.

You can study Religion at the University of Stirling as a combined degree with one of 10 other subjects including philosophy, professional education and history.

Studying Philosophy or Religion will help you to develop a strong set of critical, imaginative and informed reasoning skills.

Philosophy and Religion courses

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Graduate careers in Philosophy and Religion

A degree in Religion or Philosophy opens up a broad range of career opportunities. The key transferable skills gained will make you a valuable asset to employers in whatever career path you choose. You’ll graduate with a greater knowledge of cultural differences and alternate perspectives, greatly enhancing your ability to manage or work with others.

Stirling graduates with a Philosophy or Religion degree have gone on to a diverse range of careers in areas such as:

  • Teaching
  • Charities and third sector organisations
  • Librarian or archivist
  • Environmental management
  • Civil service
  • Journalism
  • Academic research

Partnerships and industry

Our MLitt Philosophy course is part of the St Andrews and Stirling Philosophy (SASP) Graduate Programme which is Scotland's leading centre for graduate study in Philosophy.

Societies

Student Philosophy Society – the society runs a vibrant programme of events and activities.

Philosophy and Religion research

Philosophy research at the University of Stirling falls broadly within the analytic tradition, and is organised around three clusters:

  • Legal, Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Mind and Knowledge
  • Philosophy of Logic and Language, including history of analytic philosophy

Our Religion research uses a distinctive “Critical Religion” methodology to interrogate the historical construction and limitations of the term religion, and to ask positive but searching questions about the place of religious discourse – and discourse on religion – in contemporary societies. There are three main themes:

  • Colonial and postcolonial studies
  • Studies of gender and sexualities
  • Literature and religion

 

Postgraduate research opportunities

We offer a range of postgraduate research opportunities in Philosophy through our collaboration with the University of St Andrews. The St Andrews and Stirling Graduate programme in Philosophy (SASP) is regarded as one of the top Philosophy programmes in the United Kingdom.

Our postgraduate researchers in Religion work with a range of scholars at the cutting edge of critical engagement, with key themes in religion, politics, gender, philosophy, economics and more. See our PhD and MPhil opportunities in: