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University of Kent

United Kingdom


The University of Kent. Where ambition puts global success in students' reach.

The University of Kent is a top-ranked global university with outstanding teaching, modern facilities, award-winning student support and welcoming study locations. Over 18,000 students from 152 countries study across its two spacious UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway and specialist postgraduate centres in Brussels and Paris.

Students who choose Kent for their undergraduate or postgraduate degree will be joining an institution known for its outstanding research, and one that can help students to meet their career ambitions through excellent support and quality teaching. But beyond that, students are also joining a diverse community of thinkers - critical and creative - who will spark inspiration and challenge students to question their own expertise.

Students at two UK campuses and two European centres will benefit from leading facilities, the latest technology, and a truly supportive environment including various services aimed at tackling any student concerns or obstacles to successful study.

The focus of every single degree at Kent is not solely on the subject matter, but also the wider skillsets required to work in that field. As such, wherever possible, real-world experiences are woven into each degree, fully preparing students for their future role.

Students at Kent will benefit from world-class research, outstanding teaching quality and excellent careers guidance too. As well as developing skills in interviewing, finding jobs and building up a wide range of talents, students will earn Employability Points, rewarding the most pro-active students with the best opportunities for internships and more.

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What's new

What's new

Kent is the only UK University to provide an accessible contact system with SignLive

The university of Kent has partnered with SignLive, a virtual British Sign Language (BSL) interpreting service. This means that students and staff at the university who are BSL users are able to communicate with other staff and students much easier.

This is done via an online service that connects users to a registered interpreter, who will relay conversations via a video call. As the only university in England to use this service, it is a great advantage to BSL users who wish to apply without being limited in their communication.

Postgraduate on-demand open day

Students can experience the university's stunning campuses and centres from wherever they are in the world. Students can watch the recording of the student Q&A from the live event on Wednesday 22 February, hear from staff and students about the courses the university offers in the UK and Europe, and explore our campuses in Canterbury and Medway and centres in Brussels and Paris.

Whatever students' interests and goals, the university can help to make their ambition count. Students who wish to view the recording of the open day can do so on the university's website.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

All of the academic schools at the University of Kent are known for their leading and world-class research.

The university has been confirmed as being a world-leading institution in the fields of arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) while other subject areas also benefit from exciting research projects.

For prospective students, this means the chance to join a university that is not only helping students understand the most contemporary findings related to their field, but they are actively shaping the world's knowledge of these subjects, and in doing so helping to make a positive contribution to global society and individual lives.

Students will be working with and learning from true experts in their field, including some truly leading thinkers who fully understand what is needed in order to produce world-class research.

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Department structure

Department structure

Kent has six academic divisions spanning a wide range of subject areas that students can study at Undergraduate or Postgraduate level.

These are:

  • Division of Arts and Humanities – including courses related to architecture, arts, English, history and music
  • Division of Natural Sciences – including biosciences, physical sciences, sport and exercise sciences and pharmaceutical and medical courses
  • Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences – including courses related to mathematics, statistics, computing and engineering including digital arts
  • Kent Business School – including courses related to business
  • Division of Human and Social Sciences – including the schools of economics, psychology, politics and anthropology
  • Division for the study of Law, Society and Social Justice – including journalism, law and sociology courses.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The University of Kent welcomes students from all around the world with a range of different qualifications. Students can take a look at the university's country webpages to check the requirements for the country that they have studied in.

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through UCAS Apply, or through Kent's direct application route for students who have not applied via UCAS and do not intend to do so.

International students can also apply with the assistance of one of Kent's overseas representatives. Kent's dedicated international recruitment team can help students track their application and are a permanent point of contact for all student enquiries.

For postgraduate applicants

Students can apply directly online for all of Kent's postgraduate courses. International students should check for country-specific entry requirements.

For foundation programme applicants

If a student's education or experience has not given them the qualifications, study skills or English language ability that they need for undergraduate study, Kent offers two types of foundation programmes which enable progression onto a wide range of undergraduate degrees. The International Foundation Programme (IFP) and four-year integrated programmes both include a foundation year.

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The University of Kent's beautiful Canterbury campus is located within three hundred acres of pristine parkland which overlooks Canterbury Cathedral, the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The campus is accessible within an hour by train from the capital of London and is only 25 minutes by foot from the city centre of Canterbury.

The campus is a self-contained and secure site, and students will also be able to benefit from excellent-quality student accommodation, state of the art teaching facilities, a large library, sports centres and exercise facilities, a nightclub, a cinema, as well as a range of eateries, bars, shops, and more.

The University of Kent's Medway campus is located just a short trip from London and was built through the revitalisation and transformation of a former naval base. Now, the site is a cutting-edge study space fit for students of the 21st century and hosts outstanding support services and facilities.

The campus is known for its lively and vibrant atmosphere and a welcoming community of students and staff. There are loads of opportunities for students at the Medway campus to get involved in sports, student society activities or a range of social or interest-related activities. Buildings and facilities within the campus are just a short walk from one another so students will find it easy to get the most out of their facilities.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The University of Kent offers a number of scholarships to support students through their education, including specific awards for sport, music, and those tailored to students from certain locations.

Each year the university offers dedicated scholarships for its international students. These include scholarships at undergraduate and postgraduate level, paid towards the cost of tuition fees per year of study, which are available to nationals of any country paying overseas fees.

The University of Kent is pleased to offer the British Council GREAT scholarships in collaboration with the British Council, these are worth GBP 10,000 each year. For 2023 these will be available to Chinese, Ghanian, Kenyan, Malaysian, Pakistani and Thai passport holders who have applied to a taught master's programme based at one of the universities UK campuses.

Together with The Bestway Foundation, Kent offers several scholarships to students from and domiciled in Pakistan, applying to postgraduate one year master's programmes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The full range of scholarships are available on the university's website.

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