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University of Kent

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Overview

Overview

The University of Kent is outward looking and forward-thinking, with academic staff who are leaders in their field, outstanding facilities and award-winning student support. Our programmes are designed to help you sharpen your focus and take a step up in your career.

Awarded TEF Gold for the quality of its teaching, its two spacious campuses provide bright, airy teaching facilities, well-resourced libraries with lots of study space, award-winning personal support and careers guidance. Its welcoming, diverse community runs more than 150 societies and sports clubs.

Kent is proud to be a global university and we have students from 159 nationalities studying at Kent. Many of our degrees offer opportunities to study and work abroad and we have an extensive study abroad programme thanks to our links with universities across the world.

Kent is committed to helping you gain an advantage when the time comes to embark on a career. The University has a range of employment initiatives including internship opportunities, a careers and employability advisory service, Language Express and JobShop. And these initiatives work: more than 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).

Our academics will inspire you to be inquisitive, ask questions and think independently. Through activities including volunteering, sports and societies, work experience, and Study Plus courses you can take alongside your degree, you'll develop the skills that employers are looking for: confidence, creativity and innovation, critical reflection, global/cultural awareness, integrity and accountability, intellectual curiosity and resilience.

Our commitment to ensuring all our students enjoy a nurturing and supportive environment has been nationally recognised, and we've won the Outstanding Support for Students category at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards for two years running (2017 and 2018). Our extensive academic and personal support services are available to help you make the most of your university experience and help you achieve your ambitions.

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What's new

What's new

Kent has been ranked among the top 50 universities in the UK according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. Kent has also achieved a top 10 position in History of Art, Social Policy, and Social Work, with Anthropology, Architecture, Art & Design, Communications & Media, German, Law, Linguistics, Theology, and Sociology ranked in the top 20

The new Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) welcomed its first students. The KMMS students will study in bespoke facilities at the Canterbury campuses of both universities and will take up placements across the community of Kent and Medway. The school has appointed an international faculty that brings together local, national and international expertise. Together they aim to give their students an understanding of patient-centred care across both GP, community and hospital settings and to ensure they understand the benefits to working together with inter-disciplinary teams of healthcare workers and colleagues from other professional backgrounds involved in the delivery of excellent healthcare services.

Study one of our exciting new degrees and make a difference in tomorrow's world.

Art and Design: On our new art and design degrees, you'll develop your own design identity and bring your creative ideas to live. Study in a unique and inspiring location on the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, using industry-standard facilities in a designated Creative Industries Hub.

Computer Science: Computing is a rapidly evolving subject that affects every aspect of our lives. Our new degree programmes introduce you to two exciting areas that'll put you in a great position to influence the future.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Inspirational teaching

Great teachers don't just teach, they inspire. Kent is renowned for a teaching style that brings subjects to life and encourages students to think independently.

Kent's academics have an outstanding ability to pass on their passion for study and debate. As some of the most influential thinkers in the world, they put students in touch with the latest ideas and ensure that they are intellectually challenged.

Teaching quality gold

The University's teaching has been given the highest award possible for quality in the UK. It was awarded a gold rating in the official Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), as awarded by the UK Government. The TEF assesses excellence in teaching and recognises excellent outcomes for graduate-level employment and/or further study after students have graduated. Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For undergraduate applicants

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through UCAS Apply. International students can also apply through UCAS 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.

See Kent's undergraduate 'How to apply' page for more information.

For postgraduate applicants

Students can apply directly online for all of Kent's postgraduate courses.

See Kent's postgraduate 'How to apply' page for more information.

International students can check for country specific entry requirements here.

For foundation programme applicants

If your education or experience has not given you the qualifications, study skills or the English language ability that you need for undergraduate study, Kent offers two types of foundation programme which enable progression onto a wide range of its undergraduate degrees: the International Foundation Programme (IFP) and 4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year. See here for more details, including how to apply.

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Facilities

Facilities

Canterbury campus

The stunning Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of parkland overlooking Canterbury Cathedral, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Less than an hour by train from London and only 25 minutes' walk from Canterbury city centre, the campus has residential, teaching and administrative buildings surrounded by green open spaces, fields and woods. There's even a duck pond!

The campus is self-contained and includes high-quality student accommodation, teaching facilities, a library, sports centre, theatre, music performance centre, nightclub, cinema, restaurants, bars, shops, a bookshop, medical centre, day nursery, public access computer rooms, a chapel, launderettes and bus stops.

Medway campus

Close to London, Kent's Medway campus reinvents a former naval base as a 21st-century study space, with exceptional facilities and support.

A lively atmosphere and a thriving close-knit campus community gives students plenty of opportunities to play sport, join a society, socialise or take up a new interest. There are music rehearsal rooms, digital filmmaking suites, an industry-standard newsroom, laboratories and post-production studios, all housed in a unique, historic setting.

The recently opened Student Hub is a fantastic place to relax with friends, grab a drink or snack and get on with work. The space is filled with social zones, study areas and a brand new bar.

The Medway campus has two sites, Pembroke and The Historic Dockyard Chatham. It's just a ten-minute walk from one to the other, so it's easy to make the most of the facilities on each site.

European centres

The University also has specialist postgraduate centres in Paris, Brussels, Rome, and Athens. Many of Kent's programmes offer dual UK and European qualifications (international double awards) at Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral level, and you can study for a UK degree full-time in Brussels, Paris and Athens or for a term abroad in Rome and Paris.

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Kent Sport

With a dedicated sports development team, fully qualified health and fitness instructors and support staff, the University's Kent Sport department offers a wide range of services and caters for over 30 different activities, from racket sports to a casual workout. The department encourages everyone to keep fit and healthy and strives to create a relaxed atmosphere for people to train and enjoy themselves – whether they are a recreational user or a serious athlete intent on competing at a professional level. There are also generous sports scholarships available.

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Making Music

The University of Kent has a flourishing programme of music and students of all subjects, together with staff and the local community, have the opportunity to get involved in the wide-range of extra-curricular music activities.

As well as the many concerts in the Colyer-Fergusson Concert Hall, there are opportunities to perform in other venues, including the spectacular surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral and other historic and exciting spaces around the region.

If you sing or play an instrument you can join the Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Concert and Big Bands and Chamber Choir which rehearse weekly for public concerts each term. Many other ensembles and bands are formed each year, and budding soloists and conductors also have a chance to develop their talents. The University also offers Music Performance Scholarships usually worth between £1,000 - £2,000. They are awarded each year to talented instrumentalists and singers studying for any degree at the University, together with £500 worth of instrumental or singing tuition with experienced teachers.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

To support you as you expand your knowledge and develop your ideas, we offer a range of funding opportunities. These include taught and research student scholarships, location-specific awards, sport and music scholarships. Each year we also offer dedicated Scholarships for our International students. These include Scholarships at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level towards the cost of tuition fees per year of study and are available to nationals of any country paying overseas fees.

We are pleased to offer the British Council GREAT scholarships in collaboration with the British Council, these are worth £10,000 each year. For 2021 these will be available to Chinese, Indian, Kenya, Egyptian and Ghanaian 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 a number of scholarships to students from and domiciled in Pakistan, applying to postgraduate one year Master's programmes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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The University of Kent is one of the country?s leading academic institutions producing world-class research, rated internationally excellent and leading the way in many fields of study. It is a forward-thinking research institution, committed to the transformative power of education and research and to the development and support of the students and staff. Kent is a favorite destination among international students for its globally recognized degrees, cosmopolitan environment and exciting work opportunities both during and after studies. It is consistently voted one of the top UK universities in international student satisfaction surveys, and international students point to the welcoming social environment as a highlight of their Kent experience.

Kent degrees are based on World Leading Research and are taught by leading academics in their fields. The university offers flexibility and choice throughout its programmes. It offers well-structured and ambitious undergraduate and postgraduate programmes informed by a proven commitment to research excellence. At every stage, students are supported with inspirational teaching and supervision, first-class library and IT facilities and a diverse schedule of seminars, workshops and events.

The University of Kent has two beautiful UK campuses close to London and four postgraduate centres in major cities across Europe.
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