University of Kent the United Kingdom

About University of Kent

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.

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.

Kent has beautiful UK campuses close to London, and specialist postgraduate centres in Paris and Brussels

"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 excellent 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

World-leading research

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.

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.

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). 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.

Kent’s foundationundergraduate and postgraduate degrees are offered through the University’s faculties of Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences.

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’s students

Kent currently has around 20,000 students representing over 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 offer awards 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

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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What students think 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.”

Location of University of Kent

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Courses at University of Kent

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Fees, Funding and Scholarships at University of Kent

 The University has a long tradition of welcoming international students from around the world and is pleased to be able to offer a number of scholarships for our International students.  Please see our Scholarships site for the range of scholarships we offer

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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