In the School of Biosciences, we have a community spirit and students learn with and from each other. We are also renowned for our innovative teaching methods.
- New ways of using IT in lectures allow you to revisit the teaching at a later date.
- Our academics have developed animations to help explain tricky concepts.
- Special communication projects teach you how to share scientific knowledge with the public.
Our degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).
Our degree programme
During your studies you explore the biochemical processes that occur in the human body, learn how they respond to diseases and how this knowledge can be used to identify and treat diseases. In your future career, this scientific knowledge could be put to practical use within medical healthcare.
In your first and second years, you develop your skills as a bioscientist, covering areas including biological chemistry, genetics, molecular and cellular biology, human physiology and disease, and metabolism.
In your final year, your modules cover areas such as immunology, haematology and blood transfusion, and pathogens. Optional modules cover areas including the biology of ageing, neuroscience and cancer biology.
You also complete your own research project. Our research funding of around £4.5 million a year means that you are taught the most up-to-date science and this allows us to offer some exciting and relevant final-year projects.
We also offer between 20 and 30 paid Summer Studentships each year. You can apply to work in our research labs during the summer holiday and gain hands-on research experience before your final year of study.
Biomedical Science student Timo talks about his course at the University of Kent.
You can choose to take a work placement as part of your degree. For more details, see Biomedical Science with a Sandwich Year.
You can choose to work or study abroad for a year. You are taught in English and previous destinations include universities in the US, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong and Malaysia. For more details, see Biomedical Science with a Year Abroad.
We recently spent £2 million on our laboratories to ensure that you develop your practical skills in a world-class environment. We give you extensive practical training and you spend up to two days a week in the laboratory.
New Institute for Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine
Biosciences' research excellence will be further enhanced by a new 'Institute of Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine' research facility. The new building will be completed in 2020, and will house additional staff and research facilities.
Kent & Medway Medical School
Kent is moving forward with the Kent & Medway Medical School (KMMS), due to take the first cohort of students in September 2020.
The Medical School will be a significant addition to the University, with exciting opportunities for education and research in the School of Biosciences.
You can join BioSoc, a student-run society. Previous activities have included research talks and social events.
We also encourage our students to attend outside conferences and events. In 2015, Kent students competed with 280 teams and won the gold medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Giant Jamboree in the USA.
Our school collaborates with research groups in industry and academia throughout the UK and Europe. It also has excellent links with local employers, such as:
- Eli Lilly
- Aesica Pharmaceuticals
- Sekisui Diagnostics
- Cairn Research
- Public Health England.