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University of Kent

United Kingdom


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.

The university offers high-quality and extensive facilities for its students, including libraries equipped with all essential resources, ample space for private and group study, and the support services that are essential to students' wellbeing during their time at university. Students will also be able to choose from over 150 societies and clubs for relaxation and socialising.

A key focus is in employability. Alongside outstanding tuition from expert faculty, the University of Kent offers excellent career skills training and support to graduates. Initiatives offered to students include voluntary opportunities and internships, employability workshops and support with languages.

Many of the courses available at the university include the option to study abroad, taking advantage of outstanding opportunities at institutions and organisations around the world. Students can also opt into the Study Plus course, which offers various essential skills alongside students' degrees.

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What's new

What's new


The University of Kent has been ranked among the best 50 universities across the UK by The Guardian University Guide, The Times Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide in 2022.

The university also attainted a top 10 ranking in a variety of subjects in The Guardian University Guide 2022 including anthropology, forensic science & archaeology, journalism and social policy. Its religious studies and theology, film production and photography, law, classics and ancient history, media & film studies and economics were ranked in the top 20 across the UK.

Virtual event

These events allow students to meet the international team, talk to specialist academics and current students and learn more about the courses available. There will also be information on scholarships, accommodation, wellbeing and study support at the University of Kent. All international students are welcome to attend.

Undergraduate open event – Thursday 13 January

Postgraduate open event – Saturday 23 February

Students can book onto these open events at the university's website.

New Kent Sports Clinic open for students, staff and public

The new clinic on the Canterbury campus is designed to offer world-class facilities for the use of students and staff. Services include sports injury diagnosis and rehab, along with physio and performance testing.

University to host first UK law school triathlon
In Spring 2022 the university will play host to law schools from across the UK for the country's first National Law Student Triathlon. It's an exciting opportunity for students to test their abilities and skills in negotiation, trial advocacy and mooting.

Kent alumnus and emeritus professor Abdulrazak Gurnah has won the Nobel Prize for Literature 2021

The Nobel Committee awarded this year's Prize to Professor Gurnah for ‘his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.'

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Kent is well known for its dynamic teaching methods that bring topics to life, encouraging students to think innovatively and with confidence and be inspired by their instructors.

Academics at the university are renowned for their ability to share their knowledge and inspire passion. Academics at Kent are among some of the most influential thinkers around the globe, who seek to introduce students to the latest knowledge and ensure that they meet their intellectual potential.

All of the academic schools at the University of Kent are known for their leading and world-class research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, the university was rated among the top 20 institutions for research intensity.

As academics at Kent are involved in high-level research alongside their teaching, students who come to Kent will benefit from studying with some of the most influential thinkers and experts in their fields.

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Department structure

Department structure

In November 2020, the University of Kent was restructured and now operates with six distinctive academic divisions. 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

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 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.

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. Students are encouraged to find out more on the university's website, including how to apply.

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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 towards the cost of tuition fees per year of study and 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 2022 these will be available to Chinese, Indian, Kenyan, Nigerian 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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