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Top reasons to study at University of Kent

  • Kent has been ranked 39th within the UK and is in the top 25% of Higher Education Institutions worldwide in the QS World University Rankings 2024
  • 97% of research at Kent was found to be of international quality in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (an independant national survey of UK universities 
  • Over 250 clubs and societies including a range of sporting, performance, cultural and faith groups. Share your interests and make lifelong friends around the world.
  • Canterbury and Medway is 60 mins from London by high-speed train.
  • Multimillion-pound scholarship fund,stunning locations, first-class facilities, and a diverse, inclusive and supportive community
  • Dedicated postgraduate graduate and research college that provides extensive support in every part of your study experience – wellbeing, resources, workshops and career preparation.

About University of Kent

Country the United Kingdom
Number of courses 507

In the QS World University Rankings 2024, the University of Kent has been ranked 39th within the UK and is in the top 25% of Higher Education Institutions worldwide.

Here at Kent, we are all part of a vibrant, creative and inclusive university seeking to make our mark. When you choose Kent for international study, you're choosing the perfect gateway to the world beyond. A place for unlocking your ambition.Taking your vision forwards. Achieving your goals.  

You’ll join a diverse community of creative and critical thinkers who will inspire as well as challenge you to push the boundaries of your subject. Whether your next step is to discover more about your interests, or pursue a long-standing career ambition, we’ll work together to help you shape your future. 

Whether you study at our UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway or at our specialist postgraduate centre in Paris, you’ll find a safe and welcoming environment at Kent. As well as outstanding teaching that exposes you to new ideas, you’ll have access to first-class facilities, academic and wellbeing support and a host of extra-curricular opportunities to extend your experience. 

To support you during your studies, our generous scholarship fund includes awards for musical and sporting excellence and exclusive scholarships for international students.  

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Meet us

Our International team are available to meet you at a wide range of in-person and virtual events around the world. Find out why you belong at Kent and get support and advice on your application and studying at Kent.

Join us at Our Open Events - Virtual or on-Campus

Come along to our upcoming Open Events, meet us in person at our beautiful Canterbury campus or online at our live virtual event. Chat to our incredible staff and students, find out more and shape your future with Kent.

Book your place today. 

Inspiring teaching led by research 

Kent’s approach to research has always been interdisciplinary and collaborative. In the most recent 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 that you’ll be joining a community that pushes boundaries, that is ambitious, innovative and intent on making a positive difference to people’s lives. You’ll learn from leading thinkers whose work informs their teaching and who understand what it takes to produce world-leading research. 

Great student experience 

With 157 nationalities on campus, the world is on your doorstep at Kent. You’ll become part of our diverse and friendly community and make friends with people from all over the globe through our many student societies, sports clubs and international groups.  

Celebrate with us by joining in with festivals and events such as Diwali, Holi, Thanksgiving or the Chinese New Year. Look out for WorldFest too,our annual celebration of our international community.  You can also join our student-led international wellbeing group to meet other international students, share stories and support each other.

Your future starts here 

We want your life after graduation to match your ambitions so, wherever possible,we build real-world experience into your degreeto help you develop the professional skills you need to succeed.We make sure that our facilities mirror those you’ll encounter in industry to help you hit the ground running and give you a serious advantage in the graduate world.You can add value to your degree by opting to take a year in industry or internship too: great development for you and invaluable experience for your future career.  

For support with what comes next or to discover where your degree could take you, our award-winning Careers and Employability Service provides practical support from day one and up to three years after you graduate. You will get specialist support and access to resources to help you find work anywhere in the world.

Undergraduate study

The University offers over 400 undergraduate honours degrees across a wide range of subjects. Each is designed to equip you with the skills to stand out in the job market or to progress to further study.

If you don’t yet have the required qualifications or level of English language, Kent offers a range of flexible pre-sessional courses and foundation programmes to enable you to progress to your chosen degree. Free English lessons are also available during your studies.

The postgraduate experience

It is an exciting time to be a postgraduate student at Kent. The University offers a range of taught programmes and research opportunities including distance learning and continuing professional development (CPD). Students benefit from a rich and stimulating research culture and are encouraged to take an active role in Kent’s academic community.

Applying to Kent

Kent welcomes students from around the world and their International Recruitment team is always available to answer your questions.

Undergraduate and foundation programmes

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you should apply through UCAS. If you are an international student you may choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website. 

Postgraduate programmes

Applications for postgraduate taught programmes are made via Kent’s Graduate website.

Research degree programmes

If you would like to pursue a PhD at Kent, you should visit the relevant department website and the find a supervisor page to identify potential supervisors for your research and thesis. You are encouraged to then make direct contact with the appropriate academic to discuss your research proposal.

The University has three PhD entry dates during the academic year: September, January and May. Entry to a Master’s by Research is in September only.

Short-term study at Kent

Kent’s short-term programmes allow international students to spend a year or a semester at Kent. These programmes offer students from different educational systems the opportunity to study and gain academic credit from a leading British university. Choose from a range of programmes to suit your academic ability, level of proficiency in English and the amount of time you would like to spend abroad.


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Courses at University of Kent

There are 507 courses listed from University of Kent. These are displayed below in alphabetical order:

Student reviews of University of Kent

Find out what students say about University of Kent

Inspirational teaching - Patrique Tanque from Brazil is studying for a BSc in Forensic Chemistry.

“Choosing Kent was an easy decision. The forensic programmes are ranked among the best in the UK and have a high graduate employment rate.

“The teachers bring fresh ideas and up-to-date materials from real cases to enrich the lectures. They are keen to help out and always make sure we are getting plenty of support.

“I was very fortunate to be awarded an International Scholarship, which meant I could dedicate myself to my studies.”

Academic excellence - Stephanie Bourgeois from France is studying for a BSc in Biochemistry.

“I like the approach to teaching here; academics are happy to answer questions and to interact with students. I find the lectures very motivational, they pique your curiosity and for me the exciting bit is going to the library and pursuing the things you are interested in.

“The lecturers at Kent are excellent. You get to know them well and, as you move through the course, they are able to guide you towards projects, ideas or career paths that they think you will like.”

Specialist research - Sally Gao from China is studying for a PhD in Electronic Engineering.

“I have been very lucky with my supervisor, Professor Yong Yan, who is a world-class expert and the first IEEE Fellow in the UK in instrumentation and measurement.

“Professor Yong Yan has helped me to become a better researcher. I am inspired by his novel ideas and constructive suggestions. Under his supervision, my confidence has grown through such milestones as my first set of experiments, writing my first research paper and attending my first conference.”

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Fees, Funding and Scholarships at University of Kent

International Scholarships

The University of Kent has a long-standing relationship with Chevening, which has successfully placed scholars from all over the world at the university for many years. Kent is proud to be a Chevening partner, and offers three partner scholarships, in addition to the standard Chevening Scholarships. The University of Kent welcomes applications from all Chevening-eligible countries for any one-year taught master’s degree starting in September 2024, based at our UK campuses. Find out how to apply.

For international students starting a postgraduate taught course in September 2024 at one of our UK campuses, we have several scholarships available. Check if you are eligible to apply and get more information on our scholarship's webpages.  

Here are Scholarships that might be of particular interest:

Services Offered for International Students

  • Course and Career Counselling services
  • Special enrolment and orientation
  • Halal food
  • International student clubs and associations
  • On-campus accommodation
  • On campus medical facilities
  • Religious Facilities - Christianity
  • Religious Facilities - combined facilities
  • Religious Facilities - Muslim prayer rooms
  • Social Activities
  • Special English language
  • Sporting facilities
  • Sporting facilities - variety of clubs
  • Sporting facilities - Gym
  • Sporting facilities - Team sports

Accommodation Information for Students

New first-year 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, while all postgraduate rooms are en suite and self-catered. Rooms are available in flats, shared houses and traditional college arrangements.

At Medway, rooms are available at Pier Quays, a short walk from the campus; they are all en suite and arranged in flats of five to eight people. Pier Quays is managed by Unite Students, separate from the University, and shared with students from Canterbury Christ Church and Greenwich universities. 

At both Canterbury and Medway, student union advice centres provide help and guidance for students who choose to live off campus.

Please see our Accommodation site for details

Study Abroad Information

More than 80 of our undergraduate degrees offer you the opportunity to study abroad. Whether you're taking accountancy or art history, film or sociology, living and studying in another country will broaden your understanding of your subject. Please see our  Study Abroad site for further details

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