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University of Kent

Philosophy and Religious Studies

UCAS Code: VV56
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BA (Hons) 6 years part-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

92%

Subjects
  • Philosophy
  • Theology & religious studies
Student score
85% MED
90% MED
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Grades BBB in three A levels required.

Scottish Highers
AABBB

Grades AABBB required from best five Higher subjects.

Scottish Advanced Highers
BBB

Grades BBB in three advanced highers required.

BTEC Diploma
MDD

Applications considered individually

BTEC Certificate
DD

Applications considered individually

BTEC Award
D

BTEC Level 3 Diploma
DD

Distinction distinction grades required, preferably accompanied by a further qualification equivalent to one A level

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
D

Distinction grade required, accompanied by additional qualification equivalent to at least one and preferably two A levels

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

distinction distinction merit grades required overall

International Baccalaureate
34

Obtain IB diploma with 34 points overall or 15 points at higher level INCLUDING English higher A1/A2/B at 4/5/5 or English standard A1/A2/B at 5/6/6

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

92%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The joint honours Religious Studies and Philosophy programme offers you the opportunity to examine key questions related to the meaning of life, ethics, truth and beliefs in ancient and modern culture, taught by some of the top scholars in the field. Religion is a vital element in human culture, and today religious issues are everywhere â?? from current affairs and international events, to the history of ideas, art and literature, and our own immediate experience and environment. Studying Religious Studies involves investigating and discussing these ideas, experiences, practices and institutions, through texts, films, historical data and directly observing the world today. 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.

Modules

Stage 1: Introduction to philosophy: ethics; introduction to philosophy: knowledge and metaphysics; philosophical thinking; 2 from: existentialism; ideas in the arts: aesthetics, truth and meaning; self and society; options including Gods of the desert: Judaism, Christianity and Islam; Hinduism and Buddhism; myths, symbols and mysteries in world religions; New Testament Greek; religion and sex; what is religion?. Stage 2/3: Dissertation; 90 credits from: contemporary theory of knowledge; history of ethics; knowledge and metaphysics; logic; modern moral philosophy; philosophy of language; philosophy of mind; social philosophy; options: aesthetics; Greek philosophy: Plato and Aristotle; Hegel and Marx; metaphysics, truth and relativism; paradoxes; philosophies of art; philosophy of artificial intelligence; philosophy dissertation; philosophy extended essay; philosophy in literature; philosophy of logic; philosophy of religion; philosophy of science; political philosophy: liberals and communitarians; Popper; psychoanalysis, ethics and mind; sciences of the mind; the self and authenticity; Wittgenstein; Buddhism: its essence and development; Christianity and ethics; Christianity in the Roman world; classical and Christian political philosophy; cosmology and divination; death of God? Christianity and the modern world; Greek philosophy: Plato and Aristotle; gurus and disciples; Hindu religious thought; issues in religious studies; myth into tragedy; New Testament texts; philosophy of religion; psychoanalysis â?? post-Freud; psychology and religion; religion and film; religion and globalisation; religion and story; science and religion; the self and authenticity; sociology of religion; texts and traditions in western Christianity; theology and economics.

University of Kent

Students relax

Kent provides a wealth of European and international opportunities for study, work and travel, a stimulating and effective learning community that focuses on the individual and excellent research-led teaching. The main Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of park land half-an-hour's walk from the city centre, surrounded by green open spaces, fields and woods.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources

91%

Staff made the subject interesting

88%

Library resources are satisfactory

80%

Feedback on work has been helpful

66%

Feedback on work has been prompt

78%

Staff are good at explaining things

93%

Received sufficient advice and support

79%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
11% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
47% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
329 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

6%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

11%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are an increasingly popular option, with more than 2,300 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2012. Nearly a quarter of philosophy graduates take a postgraduate qualification, and it's a relatively common subject at both Masters and doctorate level – so if you think academic life might be for you, think ahead about how you might fund further study. For those who go into work, philosophy grads tend to go into education, management, marketing, community work, human resources and the finance industry, while a few even went into IT, where their logical training can be very useful.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 90%
Student score 90% MED
Able to access IT resources

84%

Staff made the subject interesting

92%

Library resources are satisfactory

80%

Feedback on work has been helpful

76%

Feedback on work has been prompt

71%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
11% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
67% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
309 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
87% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

8%

Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals

14%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Theology is actually a very vocational subject – by far the most common move for theology graduates is to go into the clergy. If you want to study theology but don't want to follow a religious career, then there are plenty of options available. 2012 graduates went into all sorts of jobs requiring a degree, from education and community work, to marketing, HR and financial analysis – even sports coaching. Postgraduate study is also popular – a lot of theology graduates train as teachers, or go into Masters or even doctoral study, so bear that in mind as you make your choice.
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