The course is 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 Religious Studies including Asian Studies. You benefit from the wide range of expertise and the interdisciplinary culture within the School.
Asian Studies at Kent takes a multidisciplinary approach. The broad range of topics and methodologies draws on the humanities and social sciences and develops your understanding of Asian cultures, both historically and today.
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. You have the opportunity to gain both written and spoken competency in an Asian language and you may choose to study Latin and Ancient Greek.
During all stages of your studies you may select specialist modules that suit your interest. Our broad range of modules include topics like ancient Egypt, everyday life in ancient Greece and Rome, contemporary East Asian politics, and Japanese culture.
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.
Asian Studies and Classical and Archaeological Studies student Nathan talks about his course at the University of Kent.
You may use our specialist laboratory for cleaning and sorting archaeological finds. We also provide expert 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 Service also 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:
Classics and Archaeological Society Chinese Society Hong Kong Society Japan 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.
Teaching for all the non-language modules is through a combination of lectures and seminars. Assessment is by coursework (essays and presentations) and written examination.
Language assessment is through a combination of coursework (essays, presentations, projects, translations), unseen written examinations, oral examinations, dissertation, extended essay, and computer-assisted language learning tests.
In addition, independent study is enhanced by the final-year dissertation option, which enables students to pursue a topic in greater depth, linking the different pathways of the degree programme.
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: