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University of Kent

University of Kent

Top reasons to study here

  • Multimillion-pound postgraduate scholarship fund, stunning locations, first-class facilities, and a diverse, inclusive and supportive community.
  • Awarded Research Excellence in REF 2021 results Framework, leading and impactful research.
  • Dedicated postgraduate graduate and research college that provides extensive support in every part of your study experience.

PhD Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (5)
Applied Sciences & Professions (4)
Law (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)

About

History

The University of Kent welcomed its first 500 students to our Canterbury campus in 1965. Since then the University has grown in size, we now have more than 19,000 students, two campuses in the UK and European centres in Brussels and Paris. We have also grown in stature, known for the quality of our teaching and research.

Education

Become a critical, creative and strategic thinker with high-level research, planning and communication skills – exactly the attributes all employers look for. 

Kent, known for its teaching excellence, and for the interdisciplinary nature of its programmes and research. Here’s just a few options we offer our students:

  • Many subject areas offer professionally accredited programmes
  • Career-focused conversion courses for those looking for a change of direction
  • Part-time and full-time options for taught and research degrees. Many with industry placements
  • Kent will consider applicants either holding or projected 2:2 UK Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Some subjects offer online distance-learning options and short courses.

Research

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), our reputation was confirmed as a world-leading research university across the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. For you, this means joining a community that pushes boundaries, that is ambitious, innovative and intent on making a positive difference to people’s lives. Learn from leading thinkers whose work informs their teaching and who understand what it takes to produce world-leading research.

The approach to research at Kent has always been interdisciplinary and collaborative and our signature research themes reflect this.

Career

Kent has an award-winning Careers and Employability Service - Alongside networking, skills and training, you’ll have access to Kent’s extensive careers support. One-to-one advice, workshops and resources from our Careers and Employability Service. Create the future you want – here’s what our graduates are doing now.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2023
351
2022
351 -50
2021
301
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2023
375 8
2022
383 -3
2021
380
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2022
401 100
2021
501
2020
501
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2023
576 -35
2022
541 50
2021
591
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

Going away to university is an exciting time, a time of transition and personal development. At Kent, we offer lots of support to make sure you get the most out of university life. Our Student Learning Advisory Service offers help with study skills, time management and lots more. There are online resources which you can access any time or you can arrange a 1:1 appointment. Our wellbeing team can help if you have a disability or need support with emotional or mental health issues, there is also a free and confidential counselling service.

There are support teams in our schools and advice services run by our student unions.

Housing services

The Canterbury campus houses over 4,300 students in rooms, flats and houses. Postgraduate students are offered self-catering accommodation at Woolf College - a new development offering en suite bedrooms in flats or studios. For those with shorter academic terms can apply for self-catered accommodation at Darwin Houses. 

Rooms at Medway are all en suite and arranged in flats of five to eight people. They are managed by Unite Students, separate from the University, and shared with students from Canterbury Christ Church and Greenwich universities.

In general, there is good supply of off campus accommodation, we’re happy to advise students further on student accommodation off campus if needed.

Library services

Our two excellent libraries, the Templeman at Canterbury and the Drill Hall at Medway house extensive print and online collections. There’s hundreds of study spaces and zones for different types of study; you can get advice from librarians and IT support if you need it, it’s also possible to borrow a laptop. During Welcome Week there are induction sessions for new students, to utilise the library.

ICT services

At Kent we offer support and training to help you develop your IT skills, you can even earn a qualification to add to your CV. We provide free antivirus protection for computers and laptops and offer a range of free and discounted software. It’s easy to work on or off campus by using the VPN network. Wi-Fi is available across our campuses and even on the campus buses.

Medical services

The Medical Centre is a specialist GP practice on the Canterbury campus, providing care to students at the University. The University Nursing Service provides care for in-patients, a minor casualty service, and supports students in term-time. There is a pharmacy on campus.

Our Medway students can register at the local practice in Gillingham. 

Student Life

Campus life

Postgraduate study is offered at our UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway, both within easy reach of London, as well as at our specialist European centres: the Brussels School of International Studies, specialising in Politics, Law and International Relations disciplines and the Paris School of Arts and Culture.

Our Canterbury campus, is just a 25-minute walk from the historic city of Canterbury, has lots of green and tranquil open spaces. 

Our Medway campus is a bus ride from both Rochester and Chatham. On campus events are held at the Deep End, part of our student hub. 

Sports facilities

Sport at Kent is for everyone. Whether you are a member of one of our varsity teams or taking part just for fun, we’ll support you. Our sports centre is based on the Canterbury campus and has a fitness suite, fitness and dance studio, three multi-purpose courts, an indoor tennis centre, cycle hub, a range of sports pitches including 3GX, astroturf and grass pitches. As well as traditional sports, there is a wide range of fitness and dance classes available. There are different membership options which offer great value for money and some great benefits.

All our facilities are open to staff, students, alumni and the public and our venues are available for hire for sporting and non-sporting events and conferences.

Student clubs

Student-run societies are a great way to meet people. Most subjects have a student-run society and there are societies that celebrate national cultures where you can meet people from other countries, or compare notes with people from home. There are around 40 sports societies as well as societies for investment, quidditch, dance, circus skills and a gospel choir, to name a few. If your favourite pastime isn’t covered, you can start your own society.

Societies are supported by our student unions, Kent Union and GKSU (Greenwich and Kent), which also provide facilities, represent student interests and offer help when needed.

Accreditation

  • Kent Business School is a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)
  • Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EMFD)
  • Kent Business School has joined forces with Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM Graduate Gateway
  • The Kent MBA programme is accredited by the Association of MBAs
  • Our MSc Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Our MSc in Forensic Psychology at Kent is accredited by The British Psychological Society

Canterbury, England, United Kingdom

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