About Kent


Kent is the UK's European University boasting a cosmopolitan, multinational atmosphere. It is the only UK university with special postgraduate centres in Brussels and Paris. To further enhance our European opportunities, from 2011 we are offering a MA in Heritage Management in partnership with Athens University of Economics and Business at the world-famous heritage site of Elysius, close to Athens.
Kent continues to forge world-wide partnerships, which includes exchange programmes and collaborative research projects with leading universities across the world. Many academic schools and research staff are partners in innovative European projects and the University is involved in projects which aim to promote partnership and co-operation between European and south-east Asian universities.

Research and Teaching Excellence

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), the University was placed 24th out of 159 participating institutions in the UK for its world-leading research, while 97% of academic staff work in schools or centres where the research is rated as internationally or nationally excellent. Kent attracts some of the best teaching staff in the country and, for three years running, National Teaching Fellowships have been awarded to our academics in recognition of their outstanding work. In 2008, the University was awarded The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the work of its Kent Law Clinic.
In 2010 Kent was successful in its application for European Commission funding under the prestigious and highly competitive Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral scheme in the area of Text and Event in Early Modern Europe.

Postgraduate life at Kent

We value our vibrant and intellectual graduate community, we established a Graduate School in 2008 as a strategic initiative to further enhance the intellectual development and student experience of all postgraduates who study and research at the University. The School is a University-wide resource developed to support all postgraduate students at all our campuses and centres. The School provides a strong and supportive infrastructure for students; providing facilities, training and encouraging intellectual interaction and social networking opportunities across all disciplines.
The University encourages and supports students to develop the transferable skills desired by employers through a variety of methods including work placements, student enterprises, and the international opportunities available on many of our degrees. The newly developed Global Skills award comprises of a range of lectures on global issues and a series of skills workshops which have been specifically designed to improve your employability in a competitive job market.
Kent has superb learning facilities; the two libraries at the Canterbury and Medway campuses provide students with access to over 1.3 million books, periodicals, journals and collections of electronic material. Brussels and Paris students also have access to additional library facilities in these cities. Our IT systems are second to none, and we offer dedicated student support services. Kent is one of the safest places to study, with Canterbury having the lowest crime rate of any university city in the UK. The University has consistently been rated as one of the best universities in the UK according to the National Student Survey.

Students and campuses

The University of Kent currently has 19,000 students studying at Canterbury, Medway, Tonbridge, Brussels and Paris. Among these, over 2,500 are postgraduate students. The University has a female to male ratio of 53:47 and 22% of the student body are from overseas with representatives from over 120 countries.

Postgraduate Programmes

There are three faculties comprising 18 schools and three academic centres; each is the home to numerous research centres and groups, some of which are cross-faculty.

We offer a range of taught programmes and research opportunities including New Route PhDs, distance learning and continuing professional development (CPD) courses across the humanities, social sciences, medical studies, and science and technology. Thanks to our European links, there are an increasing number of programmes offering dual UK and European qualifications.

Funding your study

The University has an excellent record in winning support from the UK research councils, with a £2.0 million university studentship fund to supplement this. The University competition is open to all postgraduate research applicants and provides a range of scholarship opportunities from fees-only awards to full scholarships which cover tuition fees at the home rate and maintenance grants. In addition there are a range of scholarships open to students on taught and location specific programmes. The Graduate Teaching Assistantship scheme offers the opportunity to earn money as well as gain valuable teaching experience.
We also award scholarships on academic, sporting and musical merit totalling £4.0 million every year, and there are generous sources of funding for international students living outside the European Union. Full details of all studentships, research councils and other sources of funding can be found on our dedicated postgraduate scholarships page.

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