Religious Studies

Ten reasons to study Religious Studies / Asian Studies at Kent

  1. Excellent teaching - Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

  2. Student satisfaction - We are a medium-sized department known for its friendly and supportive atmosphere. We prioritise the teaching experience by using a blend of seminars and lectures, and our classes are particularly small in the 2nd and 3rd years. In the National Student Survey 2017, over 85% of final-year Religious Studies students who responded to the survey were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. 

  3. Variety - We offer courses that allow students to explore different approaches to the study of religion: religious studies, psychology of religion, sociology of religion, philosophy of religion. Courses on world religions including Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam are also very popular with our students. Students are also encouraged to consider religion and the contemporary world (e.g. globalisation, film, contemporary forms of the sacred beyond traditional religion).

  4. Student support - We pride ourselves on giving one-to-one feedback on essays. We want students to achieve their potential at University and ensure this happens by introducing students to these in the first term of their degree. We also offer all first years support and training in key skills such as research, essay writing, and giving presentations. All members of staff are available to advise students and to answer questions and queries from individual students.

  5. Research excellence - The Department of Religious Studies was ranked 7th in its subject area in REF2014, with all aspects of its research environment graded 'world-leading' or 'internationally-excellent'. Students are taught by internationally recognised staff who have been awarded a number of major grants to bring to fruition significant projects with political and cultural impact. We are committed to taking academic work beyond the boundaries of the university and are working on projects with organizations including the United Nations, the British Museum and the British Council.

  6. Study abroad - Religious Studies students have the opportunity of studying abroad for part of their degree, where you can be taught in English in China, Hong Kong, Canada and the USA. Students studying abroad are supported by the dedicated teams within Kent's International Development team and the Student Placement Office.

  7. Employability - Religious Studies students go on to a wide range of careers. The University has a dedicated Careers and Employability service to help Graduate improve their employment prospects, and 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. Of Religious Studies students who graduated from Kent in 2016, 96% of those who responded to a national survey were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).

  8. 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.

  9. Safety - The University of Kent also has its own campus security team – Campus Watch – to ensure the safety of all staff, students and visitors.

  10. Transport links - Canterbury has great transport links, with three European Capitals – London, Paris, and Brussels - just a short distance away by train. Closer to home, the Kent coast can be reached in no time at all by bus or train – the picturesque fishing village of Whitstable is only eight miles away.




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

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or email Religious Studies

Last Updated: 16/02/2018