Ask challenging questions about the world around us and how we should live. Our world-leading research will inspire your curiosity and our expert teaching staff will help you develop and defend your own ideas.
As a philosopher, you reflect on real-world issues. You’ll develop the thinking, debating and problem-solving skills to shape your own future and the world around you. At Kent you don’t just read philosophy, you become a philosopher.
“One of the greatest strengths of the philosophy department is how broad it is, and how many different things you can study. You can really focus on what you want, rather than having to go through a set schema that might not be right for you.”
Kyle Lovell, BA Philosophy
In your first year, you’ll explore ethics, knowledge and metaphysics, logic and reasoning, and philosophical reading and writing. You might also study rights and existentialism, and to explore your subject in depth, from the philosophy of law, to the question: what is time?
In your second and final years you could focus on the philosophy of language, cognitive science, metaphysics, ethics, feminist philosophy and politics. You could also study abroad - a great opportunity to show employers that you can adapt to new environment - or take a placement year in industry.
In your final year, you can also choose to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, based on your own research, supervised by one of our expert academic staff.
Do you have a passion for Religious Studies too? BA Philosophy and Religious Studies is also available.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.
BBB or ABC
The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DMM in a humanities based subject.
30 points overall or 15 points at HL
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average including 60% in Academic Skills Development.
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Some modules have lectures, some have seminars, and all have class discussions. Some promote ‘student active’ learning techniques which encourage you to work on individual or group research, and present your findings to the rest of the class.
Assessment of philosophy modules is by essays, in-class assignments, seminar participation or tests, or a combination of these methods.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
This programme aims to:
You gain knowledge and understanding in:
You gain intellectual skills in:
You gain subject-specific skills in the following areas:
You gain transferable skills in the following:
Philosophy at Kent was ranked 14th and scored over 90% for teaching quality in The Times Good University Guide 2023.
Philosophy at Kent was ranked 6th in the UK for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2023
Our graduates have gone on to work in:
The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:
Studying Philosophy at Kent equips you with the skills to analyse arguments, to express yourself clearly, verbally and in writing, and to present a case rigorously.
To help you appeal to employers, you learn transferable skills that are useful in any career. These include the ability to:
You can also gain extra skills by signing up for our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.
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