Ten reasons to study Philosophy at Kent


  1. Excellent Teaching - Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.
  2. Student Satisfaction - In the National Student Survey 2017, Philosophy ranked 12th in the UK for overall student satisfaction with a score of 95%.
  3. Flexibility - With no compulsory degree-level modules, students can choose from a broad range of topics in both the analytic and continental traditions to shape their degree in line with their interests. We examine our degrees using a range of assessment methods that allows students to develop broad skills. These methods include essays, in-class assignments, online exercises, oral presentations and seminar discussions.
  4. A broad range of modules - Our philosophy modules cover a broad range of subjects within the discipline, overlapping with other departments within the School of European Culture and Languages, from Greek philosophy, metaethics, existentialism, Marxism, quantum mechanics, to the philosophies of religion and language.
  5. Research expertise - You will study with philosophers who are active participants in the debates you cover.
  6. Publishing culture - Our staff have written monographs on key philosophical topics, with recent publications including Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij's Epistemic Paternalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Simon Kirchin's Metaethics (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012), as well as our in-house bulletin The Reasoner, edited by Jon Williamson.
  7. Study abroad - We offer all our students the opportunity to spend a year or term abroad as part of their degree. We have exchange programmes all over the world with top-ranked institutions such as Hong Kong University, the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
  8. Employment prospects - We take employability seriously, and make sure that our students graduate with a range of skills that give them the edge in finding work after university. The School of European Culture and Languages runs an employability programme each year especially for our students, as well as particular employability modules to enable you gain work experience alongside credits for your degree.
  9. Student community - Kent Union represents over 20,000 students, offering e range of activities. We have an active Philosophy Society, open to all regardless of the subject they are studying.
  10. Fantastic surroundings - Our green and spacious campus overlooks the historic city of Canterbury. As well as state-of-the-art academic facilities like the Templeman Library, the campus has plenty of bars, eateries, an independent cinema and theatre, sports centre and recently re-vamped nightclub. Canterbury itself attracts visitors from far and wide and has many bars, restaurants and shops.
  11. Safety - The University of Kent also has its own campus security team – Campus Watch – to ensure the safety of all staff, students and visitors.


Philosophy, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or email Philosophy

Last Updated: 17/08/2017