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University of Kent

University of Kent Canterbury,
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United Kingdom
Very High


Kent is one of the UK’s leading universities. Awarded Gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework†, we offer you outstanding teaching, world-leading research, safe and welcoming study locations, and a superb student experience. We offer a wide range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, exciting study abroad and year in industry opportunities, summer schools, and a generous scholarship fund including awards for academic, musical and sporting excellence and our dedicated £8,000 scholarships for international students. The UK’s European university, Kent has beautiful UK campuses close to London, and specialist postgraduate centres in Paris, Brussels, Athens and Rome.

A successful future

We are dedicated to helping you gain an advantage when the time comes to embark on a career. We have a range of initiatives including internship opportunities, a careers and employability advisory service, Language Express, and JobShop. And these initiatives work: more than 95% of our undergraduate students who graduated in 2017 and responded to a national survey, were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).

Academic excellence

All of our academic schools produce world-class research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Kent was ranked in the top 20 for research intensity in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 elite Russell Group universities. Because our academics are engaged in high level research as well as teaching, you study with some of the most influential thinkers in your field. If you don’t yet have the required qualifications or level of English language, we offer flexible pre-sessional courses and the International Foundation Programme to enable you to progress to your chosen degree. Free English lessons are also available during your studies.

Superb student experience

With our wide range of student societies, including sporting and international groups, whatever your interests, you’re likely to find something to excite. You could even establish your own society. All our students have access to a wide range of personal support services. These include the Medical Centre on the Canterbury campus, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service, and a multi-faith Chaplaincy team. We also provide comprehensive academic support facilities, including the Student Learning Advisory Service, which provides free study support and advice.

The University of Kent's Statement of Findings can be found at www.kent.ac.uk/tef-statement

Our Canterbury campus has has fantastic teaching, study and social facilities including high-quality student accommodation, the Templeman Library, a sports centre, medical centre, theatre, nightclub, cinema, restaurants, bars and shops. 

Our Medway campus is based on two sites – Pembroke and The Historic Dockyard Chatham – and has exceptional facilities including an industry-standard newsroom, laboratories, post-production studios, music rehearsal rooms, and digital filmmaking suites.

The Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus, and the Drill Hall Library on the Medway campus both have extensive print and electronic collections, along with study spaces, different zones for different types of study and cafés. Students are able to use both libraries. The libraries are equipped with assistive technology, software, apps and productivity tools to enable students to save time, write well and study their way. IT facilities include hundreds of networked PCs across both the Canterbury and Medway campuses. Each library has PCs, loan laptops, wireless Internet access and printing and photocopying facilities.

There's so much more to university than lectures and seminars. At Kent you can join a student society, take up a new sport, immerse yourself in the music scene or undertake volunteering to boost your career prospects. 

Sport and fitness: We are committed to a ‘sport for all’ philosophy and encourage you to be more active, get fit and have fun whilst at Kent. Whether you’re a recreational user or a serious athlete, our dedicated sports development team and fully-qualified health and fitness instructors are on hand to help. Generous sports scholarships are also available. 

Arts and culture: Enjoy the very latest in film, theatre, art, music, history and dance at our on-campus cinema and Gulbenkian arts centre. You can also get involved in student-created productions and events. 

Musical community: Music is a big part of the Kent experience. Students of all subjects can get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular music activities and there are even opportunities to perform in the spectacular surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral. Music Performance Scholarships are available to talented instrumentalists and singers. 

Clubs and societies: Share your interests and make lifelong friends from around the world. A wide range of sporting, performance, cultural, faith and special interest groups are available and you could even establish your own society. There are also opportunities for volunteering and fundraising and to work for Kent Union’s TV and radio stations. 

Have fun on a global scale: With our truly international community – over 159 nationalities are represented by our students – you’ll have the chance to celebrate festivals such as Holi, Thanksgiving and Chinese New Year with students from across the world.


  • Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through UCAS Apply.
  • Before making an application, look up your course on our course finder, click ‘Apply’ and read the information under ‘Full-time applicants’.
  • International students can also apply through UCAS with the assistance of an authorised representative. For more information, see international student applications.
  • View the UCAS website for all deadlines and important dates in the application process.

Entry requirements

Kent accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. See our entry requirements page for more information.


  • Applications for Postgraduate programmes should be made online: Look up your course on our course finder
  • Click on the 'apply' tab and select the programme you wish to study.
  • For international students, the deadline for applications is 31 July 2020

Entry requirements

Students applying for a postgraduate degree must normally have a British first or second class honours degree in a relevant or appropriate subject, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised institution. However, all applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications. Please note that each programme of study will have specific entry requirements too. Look up your programme using our course finder and check under the 'Entry requirements' tab.

English language requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level. See our English language requirements page for full details.

For specific entry requirements for your country and other relevant information, see the International Student website.

Building on Kent’s reputation for student employability, we offer many opportunities to gain worthwhile experience and develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers value. Whether you work as a student ambassador, help to run a student society, or volunteer in the local community, these experiences help you to develop transferable skills and explore potential career options. Paid work can also provide you with a useful income while you study. 

The Careers and Employability Service (CES)

The Careers and Employability Service (CES) provides guidance on all aspects of career planning and decision-making for all students, at any stage of their degree and for up to three years after graduation.

  • CES hosts an annual Employability Festival with workshops, talks and presentations from guest speakers and industry experts.
  • CES advertises internships, work shadowing, graduate vacancies and local opportunities. A database of job vacancies allows students to search using a range of complex criteria including worldwide locations.
  • KEW-NET is a professional mentoring and networking platform which enables students and alumni of the university to share experience and expertise, offer work placements/internships, network with fellow alumni and offer mentoring opportunities.
  • The university's Employability Points scheme rewards students for their involvement in extracurricular activities, which can be redeemed for rewards that include paid internships, project placements, work experience, training, vouchers and more. There are currently over 8,300 students and 147 companies engaged with the scheme.

University Highlights

University of Kent is one of the top Public universities in Canterbury, United Kingdom. It is ranked #=380 in QS Global World University Rankings 2021.

Total students - 17,060


International students - 3,730


Total faculty staff - 1,285


Total students - 17,060


International students - 3,730


Total faculty staff - 1,285



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