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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