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Asian Studies and Religious Studies (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 Religious Studies (Hons) programme at University of Kent, you explore the cultural diversity of Asia and gain a deep understanding of the world’s major systems of belief.


The programme is based in Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) which is home to the Department for 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 that draws on modules in the humanities and social sciences to provide you with an insight into cultures and ideas that span continents.

Our degree programme

In your first year of the Asian Studies and Religious Studies (Hons) programme at University of Kent, you are introduced to the philosophical, religious and cultural traditions of East Asia as well as to the foundations of religious studies. 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. Some modules provide introductions to major world religions; others investigate philosophical themes like ethics. You can also explore connections between religion and topics such as psychology, popular culture or science and analyse beliefs in the context of a specific country, for example Japan.

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:

  • Chinese Society
  • Religious Studies Society
  • Japan Society
  • Hindu Society
  • Christian Union.

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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