University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages

School of European Culture and Languages


The School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) is a multidisciplinary school with the University of Kent, offering postgraduate degree programmes in the following areas: Classical & Archaeological Studies, Comparative and World Literature, English Language & Linguistics, Modern Languages (including French, German, Hispanic Studie, Italian and European Studies), Philosophy and Religious Studies. We also have expanded our specialisms to offer a suite of Asian Studies joint honours programmes at undergraduate level.

SECL is based at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus, which is a self-contrain campus 20 minutes’ walk from centre of Canterbury, a historic city with the remains of a Roman settlement and famous for its cathedral;the city is an UNESCO World Heritage site. Canterbury is only an hour’s journey from central London by high-speed rail, and SECL in particular benefits from the city’s close proximity and Eurostar connections to Europe.

Several of our MA programmes offer terms in Paris and Rome. We also offer an MA in Heritage Management based in Kent’s Athen’s centre, on the outskirts of the Greek capital, and an MA in European Culture based in Paris.

As a multidisciplinary school, SECL benefits from an active research culture. We offer a newly refurbished Archaeology Laboratory, with state-of-the-art equipment for 3D scanning and analysis; and a Linguistics Laboratory for the study of speech and sound. Students learning languages also benefit with language labs with equipment and software for recording and playback. The University of Kent has extensive facilities, including the recently refurbished Templeman Library, and students also have access to the archives of Canterbury Cathedral.

The School offers both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, as well as research supervision for doctoral programmes.

We have a strong reputation for academic excellence. In the most-recent Research Excellence Framework (a UK-wide assessment of all universities), Modern Languages (including Linguistics) was ranked 3rd in the UK. Linguistics at Kent was also ranked 5th in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2019. Kent was also awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. In the most recent National Student Survey, several of our subjects ranked with the top ten nationally: Comparative Literature was ranked 2nd; Italian 5th in the UK and Linguistics 6th.

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BA (Hons) in Classical and Archaeological Studies

Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2019 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

If you are interested in the classical world, this degree gives you the chance to study its literature, culture, and archaeology and to discover what everyday life was like for the Greeks and Romans. Practical archaeology modules give you the chance to uncover history for yourself. [+]

The Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies is based in the School of European Culture and Languages, which is one of the largest academic schools in the University. Staff is renowned for the quality of their research and for their enthusiasm as teachers. The department is small and friendly which means you quickly develop close working relationships with lecturers and seminar leaders.

Exploring this fascinating and enriching period in Canterbury, a late Iron Age settlement, a Romano-British city, an Anglo-Saxon town, and a center of early Christianity gives you an ideal base for studying different cultures.

Our degree programme

Much of European civilization grew out of the classical world so it is not surprising that it is still highly relevant today. Classical & Archaeological Studies is a wide-ranging programme. You can choose to follow a specialized pathway, either Literature, History or Archaeology, or you can include elements from all these areas in one programme.... [-]

BA (Hons) in Comparative Literature

Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2019 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Our modules in Comparative Literature cover literature from the classics to the modern age. We investigate literary movements, genres, and themes. We offer modules on Classical Literature, Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, and Postmodernism. [+]


Genres studied include the novel, the short story, science fiction, tragedy and the epic, with a particular emphasis on how literary forms have evolved in different cultures, and linguistic traditions. For example, what makes a tragedy by Sophocles so different from one written by Shakespeare? How has the genre of science fiction developed across Europe? What are the similarities and differences between a novel by Charlotte Brontë and one by Gustave Flaubert?

Themes explored in our modules include freedom and oppression, film adaptations of literary works, gender and sexuality, travel, the body, childhood and adolescence, and vampires in literature and film. You do not need to be able to read a foreign language to take a Comparative Literature degree as we study translations into English of a great range of major literature from other countries alongside literature originally written in English.... [-]

BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics

Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2019 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The Kent English Language and Linguistics programme provides an opportunity to discover spoken and written language in all its complexity. [+]

BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics

The Kent English Language and Linguistics programme provides an opportunity to discover spoken and written language in all its complexity. Language plays a central role in everything we as human beings do, and this programme explores its many facets, allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your individual interests and possible career paths. While the focus will be on English, currently the world’s most powerful and prestigious language, you will also explore the meaning of language more generally, and discover what language systems have in common.

Combining theoretical and practical elements, the programme explores both the structure of language and its relationship with culture, society, and the mind. A broad choice of theoretical topics encompasses such areas as syntax, phonetics and phonology, morphology, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, semantics, pragmatics, literary stylistics and critical and cultural theory, while courses in language learning and teaching, creative and media writing, and language and media have a more vocational focus.... [-]

BA (Hons) in French

Campus Full time 4 years September 2019 United Kingdom Canterbury

French is one of the most beautiful and widely spoken Romance languages. Outside of France, it is spoken as far afield as Canada, the Seychelles, Madagascar, and Mali. It is one of the official languages of the United Nations, and an important language within the institutions of the EU. [+]


The University of Kent is an ideal location to study French. Canterbury is the closest British university city to mainland Europe, and our proximity to the Channel ports and Ashford International station means you can be in Paris in just a couple of hours. There are also many French-speaking students on campus, so you have a better chance to immerse yourself in the language than at any other university in the country.

At Kent, we have a wide range of links with French, Canadian, Belgian and Swiss universities. During your year abroad, as part of an Erasmus exchange programme, you could begin to study for a French qualification (Licence), or alternatively, you can gain work experience by becoming a language assistant in a French school or pursuing other career paths. Our link with the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris also gives any student at Kent the opportunity to sit for the internationally recognized diplomas offered by that body.... [-]

BA (Hons) in Philosophy

Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2019 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

What is philosophy? Why is it important? Is it still relevant in today’s technology-based society? As a student of Philosophy at Kent, you develop the ability to reflect on the most fascinating abstract ideas and connect them to real-life situations. [+]


Philosophy at Kent is taught within the School of European Culture and Languages. We have a thriving research culture with internationally recognized experts. Our staff interests range from philosophers such as Aristotle, Kant, Wittgenstein, Arendt, and Anscombe to topics such as philosophy of mind, ethics, aesthetics, logic, political philosophy, metaphysics and artificial intelligence.

Our degree programme

Your programme begins with an introduction to philosophy, including ethics, knowledge and metaphysics, logic and reasoning. You are taught to read and write as a philosopher. If you are keen to widen your field of interest further, you can study modules from other subjects.... [-]

BA (Hons) in Religious Studies

Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2019 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Today, religious issues are everywhere – from current affairs and international events to the history of ideas, art, and literature. An understanding of religions and their influence can help you to make sense of life in the 21st century and give you new insight and perspective on the major issues of the day. [+]


The Department of Religious Studies is part of Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages. Staff in the department have a range of interests in the field, including expertise in Asian Studies, which means they can offer you an insight into world religions.

Our campus is in Canterbury, a well-known center in world religion, and the University has strong links with the Cathedral library and archives.

Our degree programme

Religious Studies at Kent is a varied programme covering world religions and also other areas such as psychology and film.

In your first year, you take one compulsory module, which asks ‘What is religion?’

You can choose options from introductory modules in Judaism and Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, Christianity, or assess religion in contemporary society.... [-]


The University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages, Cornwallis North West

Address School of European Culture and Languages Cornwallis North West University of Kent
CT2 7NF Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
Phone +44 1227 764000

University of Kent at Paris

Address 4 rue de Chevreuse
75006 Paris, Île-de-France, France
Phone +44 1227 764000