The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Ten reasons to study Religious Studies at Kent
The best thing was getting to broaden my knowledge on my subject. I also got to study a lot of things I didn’t think I’d be studying. You get a lot of help from the tutors, there’s a great atmosphere, a lot of things to do, and a nice community feel to the campus.
- Teaching - Religious Studies at Kent was ranked in the top ten Departments in The Guardian University Guide League Table 2013. We prioritise the teaching experience by using a blend of seminars and lectures, and our classes are particularly small in the 2nd and 3rd years.
- Variety - We offer courses that allow students to explore different approaches to the study of religion: religious studies, psychology of religion, sociology of religion, philosophy of religion. Courses on world religions including Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam are also very popular with our students. Students are also encouraged to consider religion and the contemporary world (e.g. globalization, film, contemporary forms of the sacred beyond traditional religion).
- Student Support - We pride ourselves on giving one-to-one feedback on essays. We want students to achieve their potential at University and ensure this happens by introducing students to these in the first term of their degree. We also offer all first years support and training in key skills such as research, essay writing, and giving presentations. All members of staff are available to advise students and to answer questions and queries from individual students.
- Student satisfaction - We are a medium-sized Department known for its friendly and supportive atmosphere. We consistently score well in the National Student Survey, and were ranked 5th nationally for Student Satisfaction in Religious Studies in the 2011 survey.
- Research excellence - Students are taught by internationally recognised staff who have been awarded a number of major grants to bring to fruition significant projects with political and cultural impact. We are committed to taking academic work beyond the boundaries of the university and are working on projects with organizations including the United Nations, the British Museum and the British Council.
- Study Abroad - Religious Studies students have the opportunity of studying abroad for part of their degree, where you can be taught in English in China, Hong Kong, Canada and the USA. Students studying abroad are supported by the dedicated teams within Kent's International Development Office and the Student Placement Office.
- Employability - Religious Studies students go on to a wide range of careers, and 70% of our students are in further study or full time employment just 6 months after graduation. The University has a dedicated Careers and Employability service to help Graduate improve their employment prospects.
- Fantastic surroundings - Our green and spacious campus overlooks the historic city of Canterbury. As well as state-of-the-art academic facilities like the Templeman Library, the campus has plenty of bars, eateries, an independent cinema and theatre, sports centre and recently re-vamped nightclub. Canterbury itself attracts visitors from far and wide and has many bars, restaurants and shops.
- Safety - The Complete University Guide 2012 named Canterbury as the safest city for students in England and Wales, with an exceptionally low crime rate. The University of Kent also has its own campus security team – Campus Watch – to ensure the safety of all staff, students and visitors.
- Transport links - Canterbury has great transport links, with three European Capitals – London, Paris, and Brussels - just a short distance away by train. Closer to home, the Kent coast can be reached in no time at all by bus or train – the picturesque fishing village of Whitstable is only eight miles away.