Taught course

Philosophy and Religion: Eastern and Western Thought

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

The normal minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree, with good II.1 honours, or equivalent. However as part of an inclusive approach to learning we encourage students from non traditional entry points or without recognised educational backgrounds but who have an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant relevant professional experience to apply. In such cases the programme leader may ask for a telephone/ skype conversation or request evidence in the form of a piece of work, report, analysis of some sort to satisfy themselves that each student is able to fulfil their potential on the course..

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The MA in Philosophy and Religion: Eastern and Western Thought is a distance-learning programme designed for students who want to explore important philosophical and religious issues about life and the nature of our existence, but don’t want to be limited in their study to one particular pathway or tradition.T

By focusing on such areas of Philosophy the MA Philosophy services the needs of graduates who wish to build upon their first degree in Philosophy or a cognate discipline, e.g. as preparation for a research degree.

The programme also meets the needs of teachers of A-level Philosophy, in that its modules overlap core parts of the A-level Philosophy curriculum, such as Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, and History of Philosophy (covered in the module The Philosophy of Philosophy).

However the MA Philosophy is sufficiently broad in extent to be also suitable for anyone who is looking to broaden their acquaintance with, and understanding of, philosophy as it is practiced in the English speaking world today.

The MA Philosophy is a modular programme. In part I, students take six 20-credit modules. In part II, students are required to write a dissertation.

Typical Modules Include:

  • The Self: East and West
  • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Chinese Conceptions of the Self
  • Modern Yoga & Ayurveda
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Mind & Body: Descartes and Wittgenstein
  • Religion, Spirituality and Secularisation
  • Religious Experience Today

Online Learning

Our Philosophy programmes are taught via online learning by dedicated staff, experienced in guiding both UK and International students through the programme via distance learning. Distance Learning students will have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and have contact with tutors visa phone, email and skype.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-48 months


distance learning
12-48 months


distance learning
12-48 months


distance learning
24-48 months

Course contact details

Dr Tristan Nash