Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Ask challenging questions about the world around us, explore religious history and culture, and discover new perspectives on contemporary issues.

Course overview

Reflect on the role of religion in contemporary life and society and develop the critical and analytical skills to engage with key philosophical questions and debates. Explore the major institutions and theological traditions of world religions, and develop the thinking, debating and problem-solving skills to shape your own future and the world around you.

Take a global approach and approach your studies from many perspectives and world views, considering how different ideas influence your own experiences and understanding. You have the option tailor your degree to your interests, enabling you to explore ethics, metaphysics, logic and reasoning, philosophical reading and writing, as well as an introduction to world religions.

You'll have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of worldviews and religions and delve into more specialist areas such as religion and film, ancient philosophy, the philosophy of language, and feminist philosophy. You might also choose to study abroad - a great opportunity to discover a new culture and show employers that you can adapt to a new environment.

Why study Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at Kent?

Get career-ready.

Study a degree that opens doors to a wide range of opportunities.

Join our community.

96% of Philosophy students who completed the National Student Survey 2022 were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.

Broaden your horizons.

Study at one of our partner institutions, or boost your CV with a professional work placement.

Your future.

Your Philosophy, Religion and Ethics degree will provide you with the key skills for a career in whatever field you want to explore.

Your degree, your way.

Our wide range of modules cover topics from across Philosophy, Religion and Ethics. Choose to take a broad approach or specialise and find your niche.

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Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

Explore ethics, knowledge and metaphysics, logic and reasoning, philosophical reading and writing, and world religions.

How you'll study

You are usually taught in small groups with lectures, seminars and class discussions. You will also have individual consultations with teachers as well as sessions on computing and library skills.

Your future

As a Kent graduate, you will be ready to construct and lead engaging arguments, be quick to recognise context and skilled to propose alternative solutions. Career prospects for philosophy, religion and ethics graduates are wide ranging, with our students launching careers in everything from teaching through to the civil service. Being able to combine three key areas within your studies, enables you to develop critical skills that future employers will sit up and notice.

The creative problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills you develop at Kent can prepare you for a career in any field. The study of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at Kent equips you with the adaptability to thrive in an exciting career in whatever area you are passionate about. This means Kent’s graduates are ready to step into a career of limitless opportunities, where you’ll have the talent and insight to build the career you want.

Create your own pathway.
“The beauty of doing philosophy was that it was so varied so I had a lot of different interests.”

Get a head start in your career.

The course at Kent covered a broad range of philosophical topics and there were great choices in each year of the degree.

Philosophy graduate Abi tells us about her journey from studying a degree at Kent to Head of Religious Education at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

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  • International
  • UK
  • EU
  • International

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.* 

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

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

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

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 


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