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.
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.Join us at our Open Events – Virtually or on Campus
Our next open event is on Wednesday 16 November, book your place today to meet us in person or attend the event virtually. We’ll send you more information nearer the time. Click through to the university website to find out more and book your place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many of our degrees are accredited by the relevant professional bodies or institutions, including:
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