Philosophy at Kent is taught within the School of European Culture and Languages. We have a thriving research culture with internationally recognised experts. Our staff interests range from philosophers such as Aristotle, Kant, Wittgenstein, Arendt and Anscombe to topics such as philosophy of mind, ethics, aesthetics, logic, political philosophy, metaphysics and artificial intelligence.Our degree programme
Your programme begins with an introduction to philosophy, including ethics, knowledge and metaphysics, logic and reasoning. You are taught to read and write as a philosopher. If you are keen to widen your field of interest further, you can study modules from other subjects.
In your second and final years, you focus in greater depth on subjects such as the philosophy of language, medicine, religion, work, mind and action, feminist philosophy, logic, metaphysics, ethics and politics.
In the final year of study, you can choose to write dissertation on a topic of your choice, based on your own research. You also have the option to gain practical teaching experience with a classroom-based module.Year abroad/placement year
We offer a specific four-year programme where you spend the third year in Paris studying Philosophy in French. For more details, see Philosophy with an Approved Year Abroad.
You can also apply to spend a year abroad as part of your degree programme. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to discover a new culture and demonstrates to future employers that you have the enthusiasm to succeed in a new environment. It is possible to spend a year or a term abroad at one of our partner institutions. You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply. It is also possible to undertake a placement year in industry.
See Kent’s Go Abroad pages for more details, or the Placement Year information from the Faculty of Humanities.Study resources
In the University’s Templeman Library, you have access to a number of relevant databases, including Academic Search Premier, British Humanities Index, The Philosopher’s Index and Web of Science.Extra activities
The Philosophy Society is run by Kent students to promote philosophical discussion. The society hosts a series of activities including lectures, film nights, pub walks and social events.
The Philosophy Department runs an active events programme that you are welcome to attend. These may include:
- invited lecturers
- reading groups
- seminars and conferences.