Philosophy, Science and Religion

University of Edinburgh


Off Campus


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.

You can exit at the end of 9 months (full time online distance study) or at the end of 2 - 4 years (part time online distance study) with PgDip Philosophy, Science and Religion or at the end of 1 - 2 years (part time online distance study) with PgCert Philosophy, Science and Religion.

Entry Requirements

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

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

1 - 6 years


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

SCQF Level



Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other