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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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    Studying Philosophy and English and American Literature enables you to engage with the world’s major philosophies and thinkers alongside gaining culture insights from broad range of writing.

    What is philosophy? Why is it important? Is it relevant? As a student of Philosophy at Kent, you do not so much learn about philosophy as learn to do it yourself. This includes not only studying major philosophies and philosophers, but also contributing your own ideas to an ongoing dialogue. You develop the ability to connect the most abstract ideas to the most concrete things in our experience.

    There is active research culture in the Department of Philosophy at Kent, with internationally recognised experts whose interests range from philosophers such as Hegel, Kant and Wittgenstein to topics such as the philosophy of the mind, ethics, aesthetics, logic, political philosophy, metaphysics and artificial intelligence.

    English at Kent is challenging, flexible, and wide-ranging. It covers both traditional areas (such as Shakespeare or Dickens) and newer fields such as American literature, creative writing, postcolonial literature and recent developments in literary theory.

    Staff in the School of English are internationally recognised for academic research which links closely with undergraduate teaching, and the School regularly hosts visits by a variety of international writers and critics. There are several published authors and poets in the School, and our students publish a magazine of creative writing, poetry and prose.

    This degree programme is an ideal combination for anyone wanting to understand the complex ideas that permeate throughout our literary cultures, past and present.

    Independent rankings

    Philosophy at Kent ranked 4th in the UK in the most recent National Student Survey (2014), with 98% student satisfaction.

    English at Kent was ranked 12th in The Guardian University Guide 2014.

    Detailed Course Facts

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

    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Credits Total Kent credits: 360
    Duration full-time 36 months Partnership Joint Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time 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:

    EN333 - Romanticism

    PL302 - Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Metaphysics

    PL303 - Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics

    PL310 - Introduction to Philosopy: Logic and Reasoning

    PL315 - Philosophical Reading and Writing (core)

    EN302 - Early Drama

    EN331 - Readings in the Twentieth Century

    EN332 - Writing America

    Stage 2

    Possible modules may include:

    EN681 - Novelty, Enlightenment and Emancipation: 18th Century Literature

    EN692 - Early Modern Literature 1500-1700

    EN694 - Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

    EN697 - Chaucer and Late Medieval English Literature

    EN695 - Empire, New Nations and Migration

    EN677 - The Contemporary

    EN689 - Modernism

    EN672 - Reading Victorian Literature

    EN675 - Declaring Independence: 19th Century US Literature

    PL620 - Justice, Violence and the State

    PL625 - Continental Philosophy: Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

    PL628 - Continental Philosophy: Subject, Identity and the Political

    PL640 - Normative Ethics

    PL638 - Schopenhauer and Nietzsche

    PL584 - Knowledge and Metaphysics: Descartes to Kant

    PL588 - Metaphysics, Truth and Relativism

    PL595 - Metaethics

    PL596 - Philosophy of Medicine

    PL598 - Greek Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle

    PL599 - Wittgenstein

    PL601 - Philosophy of Religion

    PL602 - Philosophy of Language

    PL604 - Advanced Topics in Mind and Langauge

    PL605 - Logic

    PL606 - Philosophy of Science

    PL608 - Paradoxes

    PL609 - Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence

    PL610 - Aesthetics

    PL618 - Political Philosophy

    You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

    Stage 3

    Possible modules may include:

    EN676 - Cross-Cultural Coming-of-Age Narratives

    EN684 - Clouds, Waves & Crows: Writing the Natural, 1800 to the Present

    EN687 - Poetry and Crisis, from the First World War to Occupy

    EN580 - Charles Dickens and Victorian England

    EN583 - Postcolonial Writing

    EN586 - Language and Place in Colonial and Postcolonial Poetry

    EN588 - Innovation and Experiment in New York, 1945- 1995

    EN604 - The Unknown: Reading and Writing

    EN623 - Native American Literature

    EN633 - Bodies of Evidence: Reading The Body In Eighteenth Century Literature

    EN637 - Unruly Women and Other Insubordinates: the dramatic repertoire of the Q

    EN646 - Image, Vision and Dream: Medieval Texts and Visual Culture

    EN655 - Places and Journeys

    EN656 - Heroes and Exiles: An Introduction to Old English Poetry

    EN657 - The Brontes in Context

    EN658 - American Crime Fiction

    EN659 - Contemporary Irish Writing

    EN660 - Writing Lives in Early Modern England: Diaries, Letters and Secret Selv

    EN661 - The Stranger

    EN666 - From Book to Blog: Geoffrey Chaucer and his Afterlives

    EN667 - Harlem to Hogan's Alley: Black Writing in North America

    EN668 - Discovery Space: New Theatres in Early Modern England

    EN669 - Marriage, Desire and Divorce in Early Modern Literature

    EN670 - Lyric, Ballad and Popular Song

    EN701 - The Global Eighteenth Century

    EN702 - Thomas Hardy

    EN703 - The 'Real' America: Class and Culture in the American Gilded Age

    EN704 - Discord and Devotion: Society & Spirituality in Middle English Literatu

    EN705 - The Contemporary Memoir

    EN707 - The British Novel in the 1860s: Sensing Modern Life

    EN708 - Virginia Woolf

    EN709 - Animals, Humans, Writing

    EN710 - Victorian Aestheticism and Decadence

    PL619 - Political Philosophy

    PL514 - Knowledge and Metaphysics: Descartes to Kant

    PL526 - Aesthetics

    PL552 - Metaphysics, Truth and Relativism

    PL569 - Metaethics

    PL570 - Philosophy of Medicine

    PL572 - Greek Philosophy:Plato and Aristotle

    PL573 - Wittgenstein

    PL575 - Philosophy of Religion

    PL576 - Philosophy of Language

    PL578 - Advanced Topics in Mind and Language

    PL579 - Logic

    PL580 - Philosophy of Science

    PL582 - Paradoxes

    PL583 - Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence

    PL639 - Schopenhauer and Nietzsche

    PL641 - Normative Ethics

    PL629 - Continental Philosophy: Subject , Identity and the Political

    PL621 - Justice, Violence and the State

    PL624 - Continental Philosophy: Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

    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.

    Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
    • A level: ABB including B in English Literature or English Language and Literature
    • 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 16 at HL, including HL English A1/A2/B at 5/6/6 OR English Literature A/English Language and Literature A (or Literature A/Language and Literature A of another country) at 5 HL or 6 SL

    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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