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Description of Philosophy

As the study of fundamental questions connected to reality, existence, the mind, language and thought, Philosophy at Kent is designed to develop your ideas, independent thought and problem-solving skills. You can engage with a number of themes, from ethics, metaethics, causation, social epistemology and political philosophy. The flexibility of this programme ensures that the student is able to negotiate his or her own path of study through a range of modules which take into account the your own background and reflects the research specialisms from the Department of Philosophy.

In the Autumn and Spring terms, you take a choice of four modules, including our graduate seminar, where staff offer sessions relating to their current research. You then undertake a 8,000-10,000 word dissertation over the summer with supervision from an expert within the department.

This programme is ideal for graduates of philosophy or related disciplines who wish to widen their knowledge of topics, gain more training in philosophical methodology, and/or narrow down their interests of specialisation in preparation for a PhD.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as early as possible
Tuition fee
  • GBP 12890 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 5250 Year (EEA)
Part-time: EEA:£2,625 / Non-EEA:£6,460
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
  • Total Kent credits: 180
  • Total ECTS credits: 90
Credits 180
  • Total Kent credits: 180
  • Total ECTS credits: 90
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list 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 modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

  • PL805 - Special Topics I
  • PL806 - Special Topics II
  • PL855 - Theoretical Philosophy
  • PL856 - Practical Philosophy
  • PL998 - Dissertation: Philosophy

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Philosophy

A first or second class honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent).

Work Experience for Philosophy

No work experience is required.

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