University of Kent

University of Kent

The University of Kent is outward looking and forward-thinking, with outstanding academic staff, excellent facilities, networking opportunities and award-winning student support. Our interdisciplinary programmes are designed to help you sharpen your focus and take a step up in your career. Develop the skills you need to stand out and succeed in tomorrow’s world.

Top reasons to study here

  • Stunning locations, first-class facilities, a diverse, inclusive and supportive community and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical excellence.
  • Awarded GOLD in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
  • The Careers and Employability Service helps you to develop transferable skills, which combined with academic knowledge, make you stand out in the job market.

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (118)
Humanities (74)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (62)
Business & Management (51)
Computer Science & IT (39)
Engineering & Technology (27)

About

History

The University of Kent welcomed the first 500 students to the 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, and are known for the quality of teaching and research. 

Education

Kent is a top UK and global University, known for its teaching excellence, and for the interdisciplinary nature of its programmes and research. We understand that postgraduate students need flexibility, so many of our taught and all of our research degrees offer September or January starts. Many of our courses will consider applicants either holding or projected 2:2 UK Bachelors degree or equivalent, we also offer distance-learning options and short courses. 

You can start some of our postgraduate degrees this January. If you’re taking a career break to study this could be the best option for you. A January start also works well for overseas students as it allows more time to meet visa requirements. 

Kent's Summer Open Days and Event on-Demand

Meet us in person at one of our summer Open Days or join us online - our Medway Open Day is on Sat. 25 June from 10.00, and our Canterbury Open Day is on Sat. 2 July from 10.00. Click through to the university website to find out more and book your place.

Research

Interdisciplinary, international and highly influential, our research addresses some of the most critical issues of our time such as cancer treatment, dissolving plastic pollution; improving UK productivity and creating original forms of poetry and creative writing. The approach to research at Kent has always been interdisciplinary and collaborative and our signature research themes reflect this.

Join a community that’s already shaping tomorrow’s world and discover where it could take you.

Kent celebrates outstanding REF 2021 results 

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 has confirmed Kent as a leading research university, with many of our submissions rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). 

The impact of Kent’s research and researchers spans the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and the University has eight subjects ranked by THE in the top ten for research quality, with a further seven subjects in the top 25.  

Career

Kent has an excellent record for employment. Alongside developing career skills on your programme, you’ll have access to Kent’s extensive careers support.  This includes one-to-one advice, workshops and resources from our Careers and Employability Service.

The content of our programmes are designed to take advantage of the connections and resources we’ve built over the years, locally, nationally and globally. On some of our programmes, it’s possible to go on a work placement where you can test what you’ve learnt or you could gain experience living in another country by studying or undertaking research abroad.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2022
351 -50
2021
301 50
2020
351
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2022
383 -3
2021
380 -12
2020
368
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
2021
501
2020
501
2019
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
2022
-
2021
591 -7
2020
584
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

Our Graduate and Researcher College helps to create a caring, stimulating intellectual and social environment, so that whether you’re returning to study after a break, studying part-time while continuing to advance your career, or a recent graduate, you can thrive and enjoy the challenge that postgraduate study provides. 

Our dedicated Graduate and Researcher College ensures our students have access to the resources they need, including study hubs exclusively for postgrads, running a series of training programmes, workshops and events to help you further develop transferrable and specialist skills to support your research and employability.

Housing services

New first-year and postgraduate students who select Kent as their first choice are guaranteed a place in University accommodation. 

At the Canterbury campus, most rooms are en suite and many offer catering options. Rooms are available as flats, studio apartments or shared houses in the nearby student village and are generally arranged in a collegiate system. 

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 two other local 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

The two excellent libraries, the Templeman at Canterbury and the Drill Hall at Medway house extensive print and online collections. 

There are hundreds of study spaces and specific zones for different types of study. You can get advice from subject-specific librarians and IT support if you need it, and it’s also possible to borrow a laptop. There are library induction sessions for new students.

ICT services

Kent offers support and training to help you develop your IT skills, you can even earn a qualification to add to your CV. The University provides 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.

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

Student Life

Campus life

Kent has two campuses in the UK, in Canterbury and Medway, as well as European centres in Brussels and Paris. 

The Canterbury campus, just a 25-minute walk from the historic city of Canterbury, has lots of green and tranquil open spaces. You’ll also find: the Gulbenkian arts centre which includes a cinema and theatre; the Colyer-Fergusson music building; a sports centre; two convenience stores and a bookshop. 

The 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. 

Both campuses house a number of cafés that offer a range of food at reasonable prices.During term-time you can travel for free between our campuses on the Campus Shuttle bus.

Sports facilities

Sport at Kent is for everyone. Whether you are a member of one of the varsity teams or taking part just for fun, Kent will support you. 

The 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 the facilities are open to staff, students, alumni and the public.

Student clubs

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

The Kent Graduate Student Association also runs events and offers support to all postgraduate students.

Accreditation

Many of our degrees are accredited by the relevant professional bodies or institutions, including: 

  • the Institution of Engineering and Technology; 
  • Engineering Council; 
  • National Council for the Training of Journalists; 
  • the Royal Society of Biology; 
  • The Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists; 
  • British Psychological Society; 
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB), professional accountancy bodies; 
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI); 
  • Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA), 
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM); 
  • the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM);
  • British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT). 
Postgraduate Programmes
  • 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
  • The Centre of Journalism is professionally accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)

Student Reviews

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It was as easy as it could be during a pandemic

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