Within the study of philosophy, 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.
You learn about major philosophers from ancient Greece to the present day; wrestling with logic, metaphysics, epistemology and topics such as existence, truth certainty, meaning and freewill.
The history component of the programme raises its own questions; about the nature of the past and our interpretations of it, understanding how human actions, cultures and contexts have defined the past and indeed, the present day.
Both subjects follow a modular structure allowing students to tailor their studies to their own interests.A Year Abroad
This programme gives you the option to spend a year abroad at one of our partner universities, between Stages 2 and 3. For more information, see the course structure tab and Go Abroad.
In the National Student Survey 2017, 91% of our History students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course and over 94% of final-year Philosophy students who responded to the survey were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. Philosophy at Kent was ranked 12th for overall satisfaction.
History at Kent was ranked 14th for graduate prospects in The Times Good University Guide 2017.
In The Guardian University Guide 2018, History at Kent was ranked 13th and Philosophy was ranked 8th in The Times Good University Guide 2018.
Of History students who graduated from Kent in 2016, 96% were in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).
Philosophy students who graduated from Kent in 2016, over 97% of those who responded to a national survey were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
For indicative modules and course structure please visit the course website. 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.
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.
StudyPortals Tip: The UK government has confirmed new English-language testing requirements for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more
Part-time - EEA: £4625 / Non-EEA - £7600
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.