You are based in Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) which is home to the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies and the Department of Philosophy.
In SECL, you benefit from the wide range of expertise and the interdisciplinary culture within the School.
Our degree programme
In your first year of study, you are introduced to ancient Greek and Roman civilisations and to the principles of archaeological research. Further, you explore some of the foundational concepts of philosophy such as logic, ethics and metaphysics.
You also have the opportunity to learn Latin or Ancient Greek, which are taught at all levels.
During all stages of your studies you may choose specialist modules that suit your interest. Our broad range of modules includes topics like ancient Egypt, everyday life in antiquity, political and feminist philosophy, and metaethics .
In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice or you can complete an archaeological project. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about.
Dr Christopher Burden-Strevens asks whether Roman politicians of the Late Republic would have regarded Boris Johnson as a great statesman, or a populist tribune?
You may use our specialist laboratory for cleaning and sorting archaeological finds. We also provide specialist equipment for geophysical surveys, photography, 3D laser scanning and microscopy. Our archaeology technician is on hand to help you as you work.
Through Kent’s Templeman Library, you have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format. You can also gain easy access to international collections in London and local collections such as the Canterbury Cathedral Library.
Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development. Our Student Learning Advisory Centre offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.
You may want to join one of the many student-led societies at Kent, including:
Philosophy Society Classics and Archaeological Society.
We work closely with external organisations, such as the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and you may have the opportunity to take part in fieldwork activities.Classical & Archaeological Studies
All modules have a weekly seminar, and most also have weekly lectures. Archaeology modules sometimes include museum and site visits. We encourage students to take part in excavations and surveys with staff and associated institutions, and sources of funding are available to support these activities.
Assessment at all stages varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework.Philosophy
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.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection:
- Classical and Archaeological Studies (joint honours)
- Philosophy (joint honours)