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University of Kent

The University of Kent offers academic excellence and a superb student experience. Our students consistently rank us as offering one of the best student experiences in the UK. In the Research Excellence Framework, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities.

PhD Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (6)
Applied Sciences & Professions (4)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Law (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



Kent offers a wide-range of excellent courses, spanning the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

We have campuses in Canterbury and Medway and postgraduate centres in Brussels, Paris, Rome and Athens.

We have a cosmopolitan community with students of all ages and nationalities. 


  • We are ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity*, taking into account the proportion of research staff submitted.
  • 97% of Kent’s research is of international quality, up from 87% in 2008.
  • Kent’s score for research power increased by 59%, the third largest increase of the top 50 research intensive universities.
  • The REF also endorsed Kent’s research community: all our academic schools provide an environment that is conducive to research of international excellence.


Enhanced career prospects

Kent is committed to enhancing the employability of all its students. Whatever subject you study, you will develop transferable skills and develop capabilities desired by employers.

Many courses offer the possibility of a year in industry, this gives students practical experience that can be put to good use in their final year of study.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Going away to university is an important time of transition and personal development. There may be a period when you begin to feel that you would benefit from some professional counselling. The goal of counselling is to empower, encourage and support you to help yourself. Evidence tells us that the vast majority of students who have been for counselling find it a valuable experience.

The University Counselling Service, based on the Canterbury campus, is open all year round for all students. We offer a confidential service and invite you to book an initial half-hour assessment which gives you the opportunity to explore what you most want to achieve from counselling before you decide to take it further.

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.

The University also provides an advice service and accredited list of local housing to ensure peace of mind for students that choose to live off-campus.

All accommodation on the University list will have been visited by a staff member from the Accommodation Office and meet minimum safety standards.

Library services

The Templeman Library, at the centre of the Canterbury campus, provides a wealth of resources and services to support your studies throughout your time at the University.

ICT services

Whether you want to produce coursework, collaborate online, conduct research, or improve your IT skills, IT Services are here to support you. We also constantly explore new communication technologies to help you keep in touch with family and friends. What IT Services offers you can use your PC to watch digital TV from your bedroom, or make free/cheap calls home over the web.

Medical services

The Medical Centre is a specialist GP practice on the Canterbury campus, providing care tailored to meet all the health needs of students at the University.

The University Nursing Service provides nursing care for in-patients, a minor casualty service, and support and advice to students seven days a week during term-time.

There is also a pharmacy next door to the Medical Centre.

Student Life

Campus life

UK locations:

  • Canterbury
  • Medway
  • Tonbridge
  • Partner colleges
  • Validated institutions
European centres:
  • Brussels
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • Athens

Campus life centres round five colleges, the Templeman Library, the Students Centre, purpose-built science laboratories and teaching buildings, including the brand new, state-of-the art Jarman Building, which houses the University's School of Arts.

There are also plenty of places to eat on campus, including a traditional dining hall, bistros, cafés and sandwich bars, which serve all types of food at reasonable prices.

Food and drink - there are around a dozen outlets across campus. Snacks and other essentials are also available from vending machines across campus.

Sports facilities

Kent Sport provides members with the opportunity to experience sport either for leisure and recreation or to an elite competitive level using state of the art equipment and a wide-range of facilities.

Kent Sport also offers a wide variety of fitness and dance classes, sports coursesand fun tournaments throughout the year.

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

Kent Union, the Students Union at Kent, is run by the students, for the students. It provides a wide variety of facilities, represents students interests at the University and in the wider community, and offers help, support and advice when needed.

Kent Union currently has about 100 different societies and 40 different sports clubs.

A good way of following a current interest or taking up a new one is to join one of the many clubs and societies run by Kent Union.


  • 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)
  • The Kent MBA programme is accredited by the Association of MBAs
  • Our MSc Human Resource Mangement is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Canterbury, England, United Kingdom