School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics


About the School

The School boasts over 45 members of staff who are committed to excellence in terms of teaching, research and community engagement. It is supported by a vibrant and efficient Professional Services team that provides an efficient and effective service to all clients.

It is known for its vibrant undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Students can look forward to studying with a group of internationally-recognised scholars in a school with a high level of collegiality and national and international research recognition and collaboration.

The School comprises a variety of exciting disciplines that contribute to the study of religion, philosophy and classics in interdisciplinary, comparative and contextually ­relevant ways on the African continent. It offers a unique opportunity to critically develop central aspects of the disciplines in teaching and learning as well as research and constructive community engagement. Prospective students are invited to become part of and participate in the vibrant academic life of the school.

It has an excellent track record in competitive research output and is interested in attracting the best prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students. Career opportunities exist in governance, the private sector, education and teaching, civil society and religious ministry. The School has 13 National Research Foundation (NRF)-rated researchers and houses five national scholarly journals, edited by staff.

The School is located in the Memorial Tower Building on the Howard College Campus and in the New Arts Building on the Pietermaritzburg Campus.

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