Moral and Philosophical Studies with Religious Education BA (Hons)

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What is special about this course?

This new BA (Hons) Moral and Philosophical Studies with Religious Education* is aimed at those considering a career as a Religious Education (RE) or Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (RMPS) teacher in a Secondary School setting, or to those interested in exploring theological, moral and philosophical issues and debates, who would like to gain an understanding of how to lead learning. Supported by the Scottish Government, the course has been developed to address the shortage of skilled teachers in this area.

This contemporary and unique course combines academic study in theology, ethics, and philosophy, with vocational training as a teacher within the four-year programme.

The education elements focus on enacting the curriculum and teaching techniques. Additionally, 30 weeks of placement in schools will provide the benefit of mentoring and experience within a classroom setting. 

*subject to validation

Special features

  • Combines academic study in theology, ethics and philosophy with vocational training as a teacher
  • Dedicated specialists and lecturers with strong community links
  • Calls on the expertise of the Highland Theological College
  • Balance of theory and practice through the degree programme
  • You will have the support of a dedicated education mentor
  • Access to an extensive specialist library of around 65,000 volumes including several significant theological collections such as the Rutherford House library


We offer modern student accommodation in Inverness ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Highers at grade BBC or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • These must include: Higher or A level English PLUS
  • National 5 or GCSE Maths at grade C or above
  • You will also be required to attend an interview

Please note:

  • There are subject specific entry guidelines for secondary teaching stipulated by GTC Scotland. These are available from the GTC Scotland website: Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland, 2013
  • An aptitude for teaching and working with young people should be displayed in your application
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG disclosure check and become PVG Scheme Members before enrolling on the course

Year 1 - Cert HE

Core modules may include:

  • Thinking and writing for study, work and life
  • Problems in philosophy
  • Introduction to systematic theology
  • Jesus and the Gospels
  • Protestant reformation
  • Education placement 1a: Observation, reflection and evaluation

Year 2 - Dip HE

Core modules may include:

  • Knowledge, truth and understanding: Introduction to contemporary philosophy of knowledge
  • Pantheistic religions: exploring other faiths 1
  • Scottish church history (SCQF 9)
  • Moral philosophy
  • Islam and Judaism: exploring other faiths 2
  • Education placement 1b: Professional practice and school placement

Year 3 - BA

Core modules may include:

  • Philosophy of science
  • Continental philosophy
  • Enacting the curriculum: curriculum and pedagogy
  • Education placements 2a and 2b

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules may include:

  • Philosophy of mind
  • Christian ethics
  • Education placements 3a and 3b 

You will also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • For the taught element of the course you will study mainly online through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE). There may be some opportunities to attend face-to-face based on your location
  • The education elements of the course are taught from Inverness College and most theological and philosophical elements are taught from the Highland Theological College
  • Your practical teaching elements will be arranged through the national school placement system and we will work with local authorities across Scotland to provide local school placements
  • You will also have the support of a dedicated education mentor

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years, 40 hours per week (hours may vary for placements) 

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI - further locations to be confirmed

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,650 £12,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,820 £6,000
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,940 £2,000

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional Costs

Students will be required to pay the cost of the PVG Disclosure Check.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be qualified for an induction year teaching post in a secondary school, teaching:

  • religious education (RME) or
  • religious, moral and philosophical studies (RMPS)

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to consider further postgraduate study in education, theology or philosophy. Our MEd Critical Enquiry offers a structured programme to support professional learning throughout your teaching career.

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