Reflect on the role of religion in contemporary life and society and develop the critical and analytical skills to engage with key philosophical questions and debates. Explore the major institutions and theological traditions of world religions, and develop the thinking, debating and problem-solving skills to shape your own future and the world around you.
Why study Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at Kent? Religious Studies at Kent was ranked 5th for research quality in The Complete University Guide 202396% of Philosophy students who completed the National Student Survey 2022 were satisfied with the overall quality of their courseGet career-ready with a course that opens doors to a wide range of opportunities. Meet our graduates and find out moreBoost your prospects with a year abroad or placement year: study at one of our partner institutions, or boost your CV and gain valuable work experience with a professional work placementGo beyond the textbooks: gain the skills that make employers sit up and take notice.Your degree, your way: tailor your degree to your own interests, covering a broad range of topicsTake a global approach: approach your studies from many perspectives and world views, considering how different ideas influence your own experiences and understanding.
What our students say
“The choice of modules has been the best thing because I’ve been able to study lots of different religious traditions that I didn’t know anything about. And learning about the sociology of religion as well, which isn’t offered elsewhere, has been really interesting.” Helena Phillips, BA Religious Studies and Philosophy
What you'll study
In your first year, you’ll be able to explore ethics, knowledge and metaphysics, logic and reasoning, philosophical reading and writing, as well as an introduction to world religions.
In your second and final years, you'll deepen your understanding of worldviews and religions, and delve into more specialist areas such as religion and film, ancient philosophy, the philosophy of language, and feminist philosophy. You might also choose to study abroad - a great opportunity to discover a new culture and show employers that you can adapt to a new environment. You could also boost your CV with a professional placement.
In your final year, you can choose to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, based on your own research and supervised by one of our expert academic staff.
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.
You are usually taught in small groups, with most modules involving either two or three hours per week in class, plus individual consultations with teachers as well as sessions on computing and library skills.
Stage 1 modules are normally assessed by 100% coursework. At Stages 2 and 3, some modules are assessed by 100% coursework (such as essays), others by a combination of formal examination and coursework.
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: