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Information for applicants

Religious Studies at Kent develops your understanding of global religions and philosophies, such as Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism, Confucianism and Shinto, as well as modern secular philosophies and movements.

Welcome!

We're pleased to welcome prospective students to the Department of Religious Studies at Kent! 

You’ll find yourself in a warm, friendly, diverse and intellectually challenging environment. Our staff are internationally recognised experts in their fields and committed teachers with interests in areas including the sociology of religion, East Asian medicines, blasphemy, religion and film, death and the afterlife, atheism and the secularisation of religion.  

Unfortunately we are not able to welcome you to campus to visit us just yet but we hope to have the chance to meet you soon. In the meantime, on this page you will find more information about us, what we teach, and the opportunities available to students in Religious Studies.  

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Dr Chris Deacy, Head of the Department of Religious Studies at Kent, welcomes new students.

The subject areas we teach are more than relevant in our ever-changing and complex contemporary world. Religion is not dead - it is present everywhere around us; our  philosophy goes beyond the Western perspective, and our special expertise in the East Asian region reflects a reality in global politics, economics and popular culture. 

We’ll teach you the necessary skills and methodologies to make sense of this world in critical, creative and constructive ways. You’ll be exposed to humanities and social sciences approaches, including philosophy, textual interpretation, history, sociology and anthropology. Our programmes offers huge flexibility to tailor your degree to your specific interests and needs. 

Your learning experience won’t be restricted to formal teaching. As you’ll discover, Kent is a place to inspire and this goes beyond the classroom. Our excellent academic facilities include the Templeman Library, and you can join a range of student societies, take part in sports and cultural activities, learn languages, and meet people from all over the world.

Be prepared to be challenged. Be prepared for a transformative experience. What you’ll learn during your degree will stay with you as you embark upon on of the many exciting career options our degrees offer.

Suggested reading

We've compiled a list of suggested reading for prospective students and applicants.

To give you a preview of the kind of texts we’ll discuss during the seminars, have a look at John Hinnells’ introductory chapter: "Why Study Religions?”, in The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion.

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Gordon Lynch, Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology, talks about how the idea that societies are organised around sacred values can help us make sense of social responses to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Connect

Join us on Twitter and Facebook to discover the Religious Studies community at Kent. Find out more about our work, and connect with staff, students and alumni.

Gold-rated teaching

The Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that we deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

Lois wears black, and a bright orange necklace. Her hair is tied back and she gestures to the audience.

Dr Lois Lee, Research Fellow in Religious Studies and Director of the Understanding Unbelief research programme at the University, shows why there might be more to unbelief than meets the eye.   

The global Understanding Unbelief programme, led by the University of Kent, seeking to advance the scientific understanding of atheism and nonreligion presented results from its research at a conference at the Vatican in Rome.

Researchers asked about attitudes to issues like supernatural phenomena, life after death and astrology, whether the ‘universe is ultimately meaningless’ and what values matter most to people.

To what extent does not believing in God correlate with not believing in other supernatural phenomena? What ranges of worldviews do such people have? Find out more about the core research project of the Understanding Unbelief programme.

There are more resources online including films and podcasts.

student experience

You study with leading experts who develop cutting-edge approaches to religion. Our beautiful green campus provides excellent academic and social facilities.

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