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What is philosophy? Why is it important? Is it still relevant in today’s technology-based society? As a philosopher, you develop the ability to reflect on the most fascinating abstract ideas and connect them to real-life situations. At Kent you don’t just read philosophy, you do philosophy.
For thousands of years, people have asked fundamental questions about the universe and our place in it.
Philosophy is the search for some basic answers to some basic questions and philosophical debates are all around us: When someone says something offensive, is it part of its meaning that it is offensive, or just how it is used? Under what circumstances might it be permissible to use violence to further political goals? Can machines have intelligence? Why do beliefs need to be guided by evidence?
The Department of Philosophy at Kent is an open and friendly community with expertise in a range of areas including philosophy of mind, philosophy of time, liberation and totalitarianism, the value of suffering in criminal punishment and moral responsibility. You have the opportunity to develop your own thoughts on philosophical ideas and engage in debates on a range of topics.
Philosophy teaches you how to think and react to the world: in that sense, it is one of the most practical subjects you can study.
You begin with an introduction to philosophy, including ethics, knowledge and metaphysics, logic and reasoning. You also have the opportunity to study rights and existentialism. If you are keen to widen your field of interest further, you can also study modules from other subjects.
In your second and final years, you focus in greater depth on subjects such as the philosophy of language, cognitive science, medicine, religion, feminist philosophy and politics. In the final year of study, you can also choose to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, based on your own research.
You can also apply to spend a year abroad as part of your degree programme. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to discover a new culture and demonstrates to future employers that you have the enthusiasm to succeed in a new environment. It is possible to spend a year or a term abroad at one of our partner institutions. You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply. It is also possible to undertake a placement year in industry.
In the University’s Templeman Library, you have access to a number of relevant databases, including Academic Search Premier, British Humanities Index, The Philosopher’s Index and Web of Science.
The Philosophy Society is run by Kent students to promote philosophical discussion. The society hosts a series of activities including lectures, film nights, pub walks and social events.
The Philosophy Department runs an active events programme that you are welcome to attend. These may include:
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
Please note that meeting this typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee an offer being made.Please also see our general entry requirements.
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
BBB or ABC
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular 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 DDM.
34 points at SL or 15 at HL
The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.
However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.
For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
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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 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
Full-time tuition fees for Home and EU undergraduates are £9,250.
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 1st for research intensity and scored 87% overall in The Complete University Guide 2021.
Of final-year Philosophy students who completed the National Student Survey 2019, over 90% expressed satisfaction with the teaching on their course and over 88% were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.
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.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020/21 academic year. Please visit the 2021 entry course pages.
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