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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016

    January 15

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    Religion is a vital element in human culture, and today religious issues are everywhere – from current affairs and international events, to the history of ideas, art and literature, and our own immediate experience and environment. Religious Studies at Kent involves investigating and discussing these ideas, experiences, practices and institutions, through texts, films, historical data and directly observing the world today.

    Kent offers a range of modules reflecting the central place of religion in human life and thought. Some modules provide introductions to major world religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam. Other modules investigate philosophical themes within religious studies; and others explore connections between religion and topics such as psychology, sociology, science, ethics, popular culture, films, literature and the arts.

    Canterbury is a well-known centre in world religion, and the University has strong links with the Cathedral library and archives, and the Department of Religious Studies benefits from its staff expertise in Asian Studies to give an insight into world religions and its location near mainland Europe to give a truly global perspective on world beliefs.

    Independent rankings

    Religious Studies at Kent was ranked 5th in the UK in the most recent National Student Survey (2014), with 96% student satisfaction.

    Recent graduates have gone into areas such as teaching, publishing, travel, advertising, personnel, diplomacy, social work, journalism, media, marketing and the legal profession, or further academic or vocational qualifications.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)


    Start date September 2015 28 September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Credits Total Kent credits: 360
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

    Stage 1

    Possible modules may include:

    TH341 - What is Religion?

    TH342 - Religion in the Contemporary World

    TH345 - From: Eden To The End of The World: An Introduction to The Bible

    TH346 - Introduction to Asian Traditions

    TH331 - Introduction to Hinduism & Buddhism

    TH334 - Religion and Sex

    TH340 - Gods of the Desert: Judaism and Islam

    You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

    Stage 2

    Possible modules may include:

    PL601 - Philosophy of Religion

    TH598 - Issues in Religious Studies

    TH601 - Hindu Religious Thought

    TH606 - William James: Philosopher, Psychologist and Scholar of Religion

    TH570 - I:Religion and Film

    TH571 - I:Death of God ? :Christianity and the Modern World

    TH608 - Sociology of Religion

    TH611 - The Sacred in Contemporary Society

    TH594 - Christianity and Ethics

    TH618 - Continental Philosophy of Religion

    TH620 - Anthropology of Religion

    TH624 - Indian Philosophy of Religion

    TH626 - Gods and Government from the Roman Empire to Tony Blair

    TH628 - Gods and Government from the Roman Empire to Tony Blair

    TH630 - Comparative Literature and Religion of Biblical Worlds

    TH632 - Comparative Literature and Religion of Biblical Worlds

    TH634 - Mahåyåna Buddhism: The Foundations

    You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

    Year abroad

    You have the opportunity to study at a partner university for a term or a whole year, to experience an international environment. Religious Studies students currently have a wide range of opportunities in Canada, the USA, China, Hong Kong; with more partnerships hoped for in the near future. You may also wish to pursue a European exchange through the Erasmus Exchange scheme.

    Stage 3

    Possible modules may include:

    TH635 - Mahåyåna Buddhism: The Foundations

    TH633 - Comparative Literature and Religion of Biblical Worlds

    TH631 - Comparative Literature and Religion of Biblical Worlds

    TH629 - Gods and Government from the Roman Empire to Tony Blair

    TH627 - Gods and Government from the Roman Empire to Tony Blair

    TH625 - Indian Philosophy of Religion

    TH621 - Anthropology of Religion

    TH619 - Religious Studies and Philosophy in the Classroom

    PL575 - Philosophy of Religion

    TH612 - The Sacred in Contemporary Society

    TH617 - Continental Philosophy of Religion

    TH574 - H:Religion and Film

    TH575 - H:Death of God ? :Christianity and the Modern World

    TH577 - Christianity and Ethics

    TH607 - William James: Philosopher, Psychologist and Scholar of Religion

    TH515 - Theology and Religious Studies Dissertation

    TH555 - Hindu Religious Thought

    TH558 - Sociology of Religion

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.


    The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

    • A level: BBB
    • Access to HE Diploma; The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
    • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma): The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.
    • International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall or 15 points at HL

    International students

    The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.


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