One of the UK’s leading, research-intensive, universities, the University of Kent offers you a world-class education and a unique student experience.
With the fourth highest score for overall student satisfaction* (National Student Survey), we enjoy a global reputation that attracts students from around the world. Our academics are engaged in world-class research and this informs their teaching, enabling you to study with some of the most influential thinkers in your field.
"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
We have an enviable record for graduate employment. More than 95% of our students who graduated in 2015 were in work or further study within six months.
"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. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked Kent 17th for research intensity, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities, and 97% of research at Kent was judged to be of international quality. 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; our 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. Our postgraduate students further develop their skills by presenting work at research seminars, participating in conferences and publishing papers.
Many of our degrees offer work placements or study abroad options to help you gain the practical experience and professional contacts to succeed in the 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. We offer a diverse and welcoming environment and have a thriving intellectual community with a truly global outlook, enhanced by our collaborative research with top-ranked universities around the world.
Generous scholarship fund
We offer a wide range of scholarships including awards for academic, sporting and creative excellence, and a dedicated £9million scholarship fund for postgraduate students.
We offer 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, we offer 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. We offer a range of taught programmes and research opportunities including New Route and External PhDs, distance learning and continuing professional development (CPD). Some of our postgraduate programmes offer dual UK and European qualifications (International Double Degrees and jointly supervised PhD awards). We also offer 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 our academic community.
Our foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are offered through our faculties of Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences.
Our Faculty of Humanities encompasses:
- 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
Our Faculty of Sciences comprises:
- The Centre for Finance
- 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
Our Faculty of Social Sciences encompasses:
- 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 our doctoral programmes (PhDs) please see our 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 – and we’ll support you every step of the way.
We currently have around 20,000 students representing 148 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.
Our student societies celebrate a range of festivals including Chinese New Year, Holi, Thanksgiving and Diwali, and our Multicultural Events Fund offers awards of up to £350 to help you run your own multicultural event.
Applying to Kent
We welcome students from around the world and our International Recruitment team is always available to answer your questions.
Undergraduate and foundation programmes
You should apply through UCAS or via one of our authorised representatives in your own country.
Applications for postgraduate taught programmes are made via our Graduate website.
Research degree programmes
Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the academic school where you wish to pursue your studies. There is no fixed closing deadline but we recommend that you apply as soon as possible and no later than three months before your intended start date.
Short-term study at Kent
Our 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.
*out of all publically funded, multi-faculty universities