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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 Social Anthropology enables you to engage with the world’s major philosophies and thinkers, as well a holistic study of people’s ideas, beliefs, practices and activities in a wide range of local, global and transnational settings.

    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.

    Social anthropologists study how and why we do the things we do, for example, how we work, use technologies, and negotiate conflicts, relationships and change.

    The School of Anthropology and Conservation is a research-led environment offering a wide range of modules, with a particular strength being the opportunity to study visual anthropology, with both theoretical and practical classes. Staff research interests include political struggle and resistance, post-conflict reconstruction, cultural transmission, indigenous knowledge, religious identity and transformation, mental illness, environmental politics, rural social transformation, law and legal pluralism, science and technology, public anthropology and advocacy.

    This degree programme is an ideal combination for anyone wanting to appreciate the breadth and complexities of our ideas, whether thought, written or spoken, and how they are communicated on individual, social and global scales.

    Independent rankings

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

    Anthropology at Kent was ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction in the 2013 National Student Survey. And, in The Guardian University Guide 2014, Anthropology at Kent was ranked 5th for graduate employment prospects.

    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 Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time Intensity Flexible Part-time variant 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:

    PL302 - Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Metaphysics

    PL303 - Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics

    PL310 - Introduction to Philosopy: Logic and Reasoning

    You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

    Stage 2

    Possible modules may include:

    SE586 - Ethnographies 1

    SE587 - Ethnographies 2

    SE588 - Advanced Social Anthropology I

    SE589 - Advanced Social Anthropology II

    PL584 - Knowledge and Metaphysics:Descartes-Kant

    PL585 - Contemporary Theory of Knowledge

    PL588 - Metaphysics, Truth and Relativism

    PL590 - Philosophies of Art

    PL592 - Hegel and Marx

    PL595 - Metaethics

    PL596 - Philosophy of Medicine

    PL598 - Greek Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle

    PL599 - Wittgenstein

    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

    PL611 - Metaphysics

    PL616 - Philosophical Issues in Quantum Mechanics

    PL618 - Political Philosophy

    PL627 - Philosophical Text 2

    TH618 - Continental Philosophy of Religion

    PL622 - Advanced Topics in Reasoning

    PL625 - Philosophical Text 1

    Stage 3

    Possible modules may include:

    PL624 - Philosophical Text 1

    PL623 - Advanced Topics in Reasoning

    PL626 - Philosophical Text 2

    TH617 - Continental Philosophy of Religion

    PL619 - Political Philosophy

    PL617 - Philosophical Issues in Quantum Mechanics

    PL612 - Metaphysics

    PL514 - Knowledge and Metaphysics: Descartes to Kant

    PL526 - Aesthetics

    PL527 - Contemporary Theory of Knowledge

    PL552 - Metaphysics, Truth and Relativism

    PL556 - Philosophies of Art

    PL569 - Metaethics

    PL570 - Philosophy of Medicine

    PL572 - Greek Philosophy:Plato and Aristotle

    PL573 - Wittgenstein

    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

    SE591 - Southern Mediterranean Societies: Mashriq andMaghreb

    SE592 - The Ethnography of Central Asian Societies

    SE601 - European Societies

    SE547 - South East Asian Societies

    SE579 - The Anthropology of Amazonia

    SE583 - Pacific Societies

    You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

    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 CAE score : 75(Grade B)

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

    take an IELTS test.


    Home/EU students

    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
    • 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 with Philosophy 4 at HL or 5 at SL (where taken)

    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.

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    • 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

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