Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies

Scottish society has, in large part, been shaped by its Christian heritage and influenced by the many world faiths which are followed by its citizens today. Non-religious philosophical traditions have also played an important role in this process. As a result, the people of Scotland today hold a wide range of beliefs and values which reflect this rich diversity of influence. Contemporary Scottish society can therefore accurately be described as both multi-faith and multi-cultural. In such a society, it is of vital importance that each person has the opportunity to explore and strengthen his/her own beliefs and values in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect.

This atmosphere can only be fostered if individuals also have understanding and appreciation of the different beliefs and values which others hold. Recognition of shared values and goals strengthens individual communities and society as a whole: appreciation and tolerance of difference enriches society and the lives of all its members.

What will pupils study?

The opportunity for individuals to explore their own beliefs and values, and to develop an appreciation of the beliefs and values of others is what RMPS is about.

The Course consists of three mandatory Units. The World Religion Unit involves an introductory study of beliefs and practices in one religion. In the Morality and Belief Unit candidates develop knowledge and understanding of both religious and non-religious viewpoints on contemporary moral issues, such as Religion and Justice, and Religion, Medicine and the Human Body. The third Unit, the Problem of Evil and Suffering while also studying the Existence of God. This involves an introductory study of classical philosophical arguments relating to the question of the existence of God as well as traditional and contemporary treatments of these arguments.

Employment and career value

In the world of work employers look for someone with an enquiring mind, an appreciation of different viewpoints, an ability to come to clear, balanced decisions. These skills all develop through studying religions.

If you want to work with people, in caring work, teaching, journalism, publishing, policing, with children, health, catering, leisure and tourism or to work abroad or in a cosmopolitan setting, RMPS will give you plenty to think about, and provide valuable expertise.
Education in the future?

All universities accept and welcome students with RMPS qualifications onto a variety of courses, humanities, arts and sciences as well as to specific courses in religious studies, theology or related disciplines.