**Please note that Combined Honours degrees at Liverpool Hope University are split 50/50. This means both subjects will be studied equally.** **Philosophy & Ethics** If you are interested in the big questions of life such as, ‘What values should I live by? Does God exist? Is there a purpose to life? What is justice?’ then studying Philosophy and Ethics at Liverpool Hope will help you develop your own reasoned responses to such questions. Through engaging with key texts from philosophical thought, this degree will enable you to **reflect critically on a range of complex ideas** and deeply contentious issues raised by questioning our assumptions concerning ethical and philosophical matters. Philosophy and Ethics **allows you to set foundations in philosophical and ethical thinking** and then gain a more detailed knowledge in the areas of Continental Philosophy and the Philosophy of Religion; Ethical and Political Philosophy. Religion and Philosophy provides you with a broad knowledge and understanding of six major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam); the philosophical approach to religion; and religious and philosophical approaches to truth. This degree will strengthen your reasoning skills central to philosophical argument, and an important transferable skill. It **builds your ability to use sources intelligently**, think critically and make your case with logic and depth. The sustained philosophical enquiry equips you to engage with the pressing questions of our time. **Popular Music** What do we mean when we both study and play popular music? What exactly are we talking about when we consider the 21st century popular music industries? Our Popular Music degree **enables you to appreciate the dynamic relationship between the rapidly changing practices** involved with the creation, performance and marketing of popular music and its theoretical, methodological, professional/industrial, ethical and social contexts. This degree offers a **unique integrated three-strand approach** - ‘performing’, ‘studying’, and ‘the business of’ - to create not only an opportunity to play popular music at a professional level, but also to consider the study of popular music as a text-based discourse. By studying this degree, you will gain the ability to perform and/or compose at a professional level and to apply stagecraft and technological excellence in a practical manner. You will also **gain an understanding of the key developments relevant to the study of popular music** industries of the 21st century, at both national and international levels. Popular music is **one of the UK’s largest industries** and in recent years has experienced enforced reinvention as new media forms have changed not only sounds, but also the industrial process of popular music. Our Popular Music degree utilises a research-led teaching approach underpinned by both academic and industry-facing skills. It will provide you with personal and academic development, alongside work and performance-based experience, to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge base highly valued by employers.