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Philosophy, Science and Religion (Online Learning) PgDip (ICL), PgDip

Philosophy, Science and Religion (Online Learning) PgDip (ICL), PgDip

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Online | The University of Edinburgh | 9 months | SEP

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9 months

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Postgraduate Diploma

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Philosophy Of Religion Philosophy Philosophy Of Science Education Theory / Philosophy

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Programme description

Philosophy, science and religion are three endeavours that shape in far-reaching and fundamental ways how we think, what we value, and how we live. Public discourse, professional life, politics and culture revolve around the philosophical, scientific and religious ideas of our age; yet they and their relationship to each other are not well understood.

This programme brings together leaders in the fields of philosophy, science and theology, based both in Edinburgh and across the world.

Students will be brought up to date with the relevant scientific developments – including quantum mechanics, relativity, cosmology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and human origins – the relevant theological issues – including the problem of evil, miracles, theological conceptions of creation, theological conceptions of providence, and eschatology – and the philosophical tools in philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language required to understand the relationship between them.

Students will develop logical acumen and analytical skills, and the ability to express themselves clearly in writing and in conversation with diverse groups of students from around the world. As well as being a leading research institution in philosophy, theology and the sciences, Edinburgh has lead the way in providing high quality, bespoke and intensive online learning at postgraduate level.

The innovative online format of the programme and the flexibility of study it offers make it accessible to those with family or professional commitments, or who live far from Edinburgh.

This MSc/PGDipl/PGCert in Philosophy, Science and Religion is designed to give you a rigorous grounding in contemporary work in the intersection of philosophy, science and religion.


This course will introduce students, at an advanced level, to key contemporary questions and debates at the intersection of philosophy, science and religion. It provides the necessary background for graduate work in these areas. This course (along with its sister course, 'Philosophy, Science and Religion 2: Life and Mind') will explore philosophical aspects in the debate between science and religion, and the ways in which philosophy has mediated. This course will focus on the physical sciences and their metaphysical implications.

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A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant natural science (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, mathematics) or relevant humanities subject (e.g. theology, religious studies, philosophy).

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