One of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, the University of Kent offers you outstanding teaching, world-leading research, stunning study locations and a superb student experience.
Awarded Gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework†, Kent has a global reputation - three of Kent’s subject areas are ranked within the world top 100 in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, with a further eight subjects in the top 200.
Kent offers a wide range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, exciting study abroad and year in industry opportunities, summer schools, and a generous scholarship fund including awards for academic, musical and sporting excellence.
The UK’s European university, Kent has beautiful UK campuses close to London, and specialist postgraduate centres in Paris, Brussels, Athens and Rome.
† The University of Kent's Statement of Findings can be found at www.kent.ac.uk/tef-statement
"I wanted a university that had a quality international programme and would allow me to work with people from all over the world. Kent is an international university with locations across Europe and has programmes for students from all over the world. The professionals that work for Kent do it with love and spread the excitement of being a part of this amazing University." - Paula Jamieson, MSc Applied Drug Discovery
Excellent graduate prospects
The University has an enviable record for graduate employment. 95% of Kent undergraduate students who graduated in 2017 and responded to a national survey, were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).
"The University of Kent prepared me for everything I'll need for life after graduation: Academic knowledge, professional understanding and living independently." - Ali Mohamed, BA Law and Business Administration
Celebrated for academic excellence and world-class research, Kent leads the way in many fields. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Kent was ranked in the top 20 for research intensity in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities.
All of our academic schools produce research of international and world-class standing and we have some of the best academic staff in the country with a strong track record of research publishing.
Recent achievements include:
- the discovery of a new antibiotic for MRSA
- the development of a 3D facial recognition system used in criminal investigations
- the discovery of the origin of BSE through animal feed
- developing a marker test for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
Inspirational Teaching and Academic Excellence
Kent is renowned for its teaching style; the University’s academics have an outstanding ability to pass on their passion for study and debate. You will be challenged and encouraged, and develop as an independent thinker, capable of thriving in different situations. This approach is enhanced by the opportunity for you to attend numerous talks and workshops in related fields, allowing you to place your studies within a broader context. Kent’s postgraduate students further develop their skills by presenting work at research seminars, participating in conferences and publishing papers.
Many of Kent’s degrees offer work placements or study abroad options to help you gain the practical experience and professional contacts to succeed in a competitive global job market.
The UK’s European university
Known as the UK’s European university, Kent has stunning campuses in south-east England less than an hour from London, and specialist postgraduate centres in Paris, Brussels, Athens and Rome. Kent offers a diverse and welcoming environment and has a thriving intellectual community with a truly global outlook, enhanced by its collaborative research with top-ranked universities around the world.
Generous scholarship fund
Kent offers a wide range of scholarships including awards for academic, sporting and creative excellence, and a dedicated £12million scholarship fund to support our taught and research students, including funding from the UK Research Councils, subject and location-specific scholarships, philanthropic awards and discounts and scholarships for Kent alumni.
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). Some of their postgraduate programmes offer dual UK and European qualifications (International Double Degrees and jointly supervised PhD awards). Kent also offers a Pre-Master’s Graduate Diploma in Business, Management and Finance.
Kent actively coordinates international research collaboration and is the only UK university to lead on two Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programmes (TEEME: Text and Event in Early Modern Europe and DCGC: Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology). Students benefit from a rich and stimulating research culture and are encouraged to take an active role in Kent’s academic community.
- The School of Architecture
- The School of Arts
- The School of English
- The School of European Culture & Languages
- The School of History
- The Centre for American Studies
- The Centre for Music and Audio Technology
- The School of Biosciences
- The School of Computing
- The School of Engineering and Digital Arts
- The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science
- The Medway School of Pharmacy
- The School of Physical Sciences
- The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
- Centre for Journalism
- Centre for Professional Practice
- The School of Anthropology and Conservation
- The School of Economics
- The Kent Business School
- The Kent Law School
- The School of Politics and International Relations
- The School of Psychology
- The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
For information on doctoral programmes (PhDs), please see Kent’s online Graduate prospectus.
Study abroad and industry placements
As a Kent student, a world of study abroad and work placement opportunities is available to you - from China, Hong Kong and Thailand, to the US, Latin America and Europe. There are also opportunities to add an extra year to your degree to expand your skills whilst studying in the UK - at Kent, you have the option of adding a Year in Computing, a Year in Data Analytics, or a Year in Journalism to your degree.
Kent currently has around 20,000 students representing 150 nationalities. This international mix creates a dynamic and stimulating environment, giving you the opportunity to discover how different cultures address global issues and enabling you to make new friends from around the world.
The University’s student societies celebrate a range of festivals including Chinese New Year, Holi, Thanksgiving and Diwali, and a Multicultural Events Fund offers awards of up to £350 to help you run your own multicultural event.
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
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.
Visit www.kent.ac.uk/internationalstudent to find out more.