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Asian Studies and Philosophy (Hons)

University of Kent

36 months
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Asia is a fast-growing economic region as well as a large and diverse continent encompassing many countries, cultures and languages. On our Asian Studies and Philosophy (Hons) programme at University of Kent, you engage with the cultural diversity of Asia and gain a solid understanding of the world’s major philosophies.


The course is based in Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) which is home to the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Religious Studies including Asian Studies. You benefit from the wide range of expertise and the interdisciplinary culture within the School.

Asian Studies at Kent takes a multidisciplinary approach. The broad range of topics and methodologies draws on the humanities and social sciences and develops your understanding of Asian cultures, both historically and today.

Philosophy gives you the opportunity to develop your own thoughts on philosophical ideas and engage in debates on a range of topics.

Our degree programme

In your first year of the Asian Studies and Philosophy (Hons) programme at University of Kent, you are introduced to the philosophical, religious and cultural traditions of East Asia. Further, you explore some of the foundational concepts of philosophy such as logic, ethics and metaphysics.

You also have the opportunity to gain both written and spoken competency in an Asian language.

During all stages of your studies you may choose specialist modules that suit your interest. Our broad range of modules include topics like East Asian politics, Japanese culture, feminist philosophy or modern Chinese society.

In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about.

Study resources

Through Kent’s Templeman Library, you have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format.

Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development. Our Student Learning Advisory Service offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.

Extra activities

You may want to join one of the many student-led societies at Kent, including:

  • Philosophy Society
  • Chinese Society
  • Hong Kong Society
  • Japan Society.

The Philosophy Department runs an active events programme that you are welcome to attend. It includes:

  • reading groups
  • seminars and conferences
  • the philosophy reading weekend.

Programme Structure

  • On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A level: BBB
  • Access to HE Diploma: The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If we make you an offer, you will need 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 for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DDM.
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall or 15 points at HL 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Canterbury

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

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.

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