Develop an understanding of political theory and the ancient and modern philosophical debates that drive political ideals. You'll ask challenging questions about power structures and institutions, the relationship between the individual and the state, and think critically about democracy, justice, power, authority and equality.
Why study Philosophy and Politics at Kent?
Get career-ready with a course that opens doors to a wide range of opportunities. Meet our Philosophy and Politics alumni and find out where their courses have taken themYour degree, your way: a wide range of topics on offer means you can tailor your degree to your own interestsGo beyond the textbooks: gain the skills that make employers sit up and take noticeWorld-leading experts: study alongside world-leading researchers in political philosophy, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of science, and experts who advise governments around the worldExpand your horizons: spend a year or term abroad as part of your course, or boost your CV by spending a year working in industry.
What our students say
“One of the greatest strengths of the course is how broad it is, and how many different things you can study. You can really focus on what you want, rather than having to go through a set schema that might not be right for you.”
Kyle Lovell, BA Philosophy
What you'll study
In your first year, you’ll explore classic and contemporary philosophical topics, and the data, methods and techniques of studying political systems. You'll have the opportunity to study conflict, global politics and current affairs, and will learn about political life by learning how to do basic political research.
In your second and third years you'll develop your skills in choosing, using and evaluating research, and expand your thinking across a wide range of topics from feminist philosophy to the rise of China, and from ancient philosophy to terrorism and political violence.
You could also choose to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, based on your own research, or spend a year studying abroad - a great opportunity to discover a new culture and show employers that you can adapt to a new environment - or boost your CV with a professional work placement.
See the modules you'll studyPhilosophy
Some modules have lectures, some have seminars, and all have class discussions. Some promote ‘student active’ learning techniques which encourage you to work on individual or group research, and present your findings to the rest of the class.
Assessment of philosophy modules is by essays, in-class assignments, seminar participation or tests, or a combination of these methods.
Politics and International Relations
Our main teaching methods are lectures, seminars, working groups, PC laboratory sessions and individual discussions with your academic adviser or module teachers. Assessment is through continuous feedback, written examinations, assessed essays and oral presentations.
Politics Open Forum
We hold a weekly extra-curricular Open Forum organised by our School research groups, where students and staff have the opportunity to discuss and debate key issues of the day that affect higher education and politics in the world today.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes depend on your specific module selection: