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Trace the development of thought from philosophies of the ancient world to the modern day on our joint honours programme in Classical & Archaeological Studies and Philosophy. You gain a comprehensive understanding of architecture, art, literature, history, and philosophy and the relationship between antiquity and modernity.
In SECL, you benefit from the wide range of expertise and the interdisciplinary culture within the School.
In your first year of study, you are introduced to ancient Greek and Roman civilisations and to the principles of archaeological research. Further, you explore some of the foundational concepts of philosophy such as logic, ethics and metaphysics.
You also have the opportunity to learn Latin or Ancient Greek, which are taught at all levels.
During all stages of your studies you may choose specialist modules that suit your interest. Our broad range of modules includes topics like ancient Egypt, everyday life in antiquity, political and feminist philosophy, and metaethics .
In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice or you can complete an archaeological project. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about.
Dr Christopher Burden-Strevens asks whether Roman politicians of the Late Republic would have regarded Boris Johnson as a great statesman, or a populist tribune?
You may use our specialist laboratory for cleaning and sorting archaeological finds. We also provide specialist equipment for geophysical surveys, photography, 3D laser scanning and microscopy. Our archaeology technician is on hand to help you as you work.
Through Kent’s Templeman Library, you have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format. You can also gain easy access to international collections in London and local collections such as the Canterbury Cathedral Library.
Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development. Our Student Learning Advisory Centre offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.
You may want to join one of the many student-led societies at Kent, including:
We work closely with external organisations, such as the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and you may have the opportunity to take part in fieldwork activities.
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 overall or 15 points 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 (4 with a year abroad), 6 years part-time (7 with a year abroad)
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.
Full-time tuition fees for Home and EU undergraduates are £1,385.
Full-time tuition fees for Home and EU undergraduates are £1,385.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
All modules have a weekly seminar, and most also have weekly lectures. Archaeology modules sometimes include museum and site visits. We encourage students to take part in excavations and surveys with staff and associated institutions, and sources of funding are available to support these activities.
Assessment at all stages varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework.
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.
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection:
Classics and Ancient History at Kent was ranked 5th for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2021 and 9th overall in The Times Good University Guide 2020.
Of Classics students who graduated from Kent in 2017 and completed a national survey, over 92% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).
Philosophy at Kent was ranked 1st for research intensity in The Complete University Guide 2021. Over 89% of final-year Philosophy students were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course in The Guardian University Guide 2020.
As part of your degree, you develop critical thinking, transferable knowledge and skills that enable you to work in a variety of professions.
Our graduates have gone on to work in:
A number of our students also continue to postgraduate study.
The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:
Alongside specialist skills, you also develop the transferable skills graduate employers look for, including the ability to:
You can gain additional skills by signing up for one of 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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