Asian Studies and Philosophy - BA (Hons)

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Asia is a fast-growing economic region as well as a large and diverse continent encompassing many countries, cultures and languages. On our joint honours programme, you engage with the cultural diversity of Asia and gain a solid understanding of the world’s major philosophies.

Overview

The course is based in Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) which is home to the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Religious Studies including Asian Studies. You benefit from the wide range of expertise and the interdisciplinary culture within the School.

Asian Studies at Kent takes a multidisciplinary approach. The broad range of topics and methodologies draws on the humanities and social sciences and develops your understanding of Asian cultures, both historically and today.

Philosophy gives you the opportunity to develop your own thoughts on philosophical ideas and engage in debates on a range of topics.

Our degree programme

In your first year of study, you are introduced to the philosophical, religious and cultural traditions of East Asia. Further, you explore some of the foundational concepts of philosophy such as logic, ethics and metaphysics.

You also have the opportunity to gain both written and spoken competency in an Asian language.

During all stages of your studies you may choose specialist modules that suit your interest. Our broad range of modules include topics like East Asian politics, Japanese culture, feminist philosophy or modern Chinese society.

In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about.

Study resources

Through Kent’s Templeman Library, you have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format.

Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development. Our Student Learning Advisory Service offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.

Extra activities

You may want to join one of the many student-led societies at Kent, including:

  • Philosophy Society
  • Chinese Society
  • Hong Kong Society
  • Japan Society.

The Philosophy Department runs an active events programme that you are welcome to attend. It includes:

  • reading groups
  • seminars and conferences
  • the philosophy reading weekend.

Entry requirements

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.

New GCSE grades

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

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    A level

    BBB

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

English Language Requirements

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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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time (4 with a year abroad/placement year), 6 years part-time

Modules

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.

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home/EU full-time TBC
  • International full-time TBC
  • Home/EU part-time TBC
  • International part-time TBC

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.* 

Your fee status

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.

Fees for Year in Industry

Full-time tuition fees for Home and EU undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

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. 

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Teaching and assessment

Asian studies

Teaching for all the non-language modules is through a combination of lectures and seminars. Assessment is by coursework (essays and presentations) and written examination.

Language assessment is through a combination of coursework (essays, presentations, projects, translations), unseen written examinations, oral examinations; dissertation, extended essay, and computer-assisted language learning tests.

In addition, independent study is enhanced by the final-year dissertation option, which enables students to pursue a topic in greater depth, linking the different pathways of the degree programme.

Philosophy

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.

Contact hours

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.

Programme aims

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:

Independent rankings

Philosophy at Kent was ranked 1st for research intensity in The Complete University Guide 2021.

Careers

Graduate destinations

As part of your degree, you develop critical thinking and transferable knowledge and skills that enable you to work in a variety of professions.

Our graduates have gone on to work in:

  • museums
  • journalism
  • the Civil Service
  • teaching
  • international institutions and NGOs.

A number of our students also continue to postgraduate study.

Help finding a job

The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

Alongside specialist skills, you also develop the transferable skills graduate employers look for, including the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions
  • manage your time effectively
  • work independently or as part of a team.

You can gain additional skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Apply for Asian Studies and Philosophy - BA (Hons)

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020/21 academic year. Please visit the 2021 entry course pages.

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