University of Kent : Rankings, Fees & Courses Details | Top Universities
  • QS World University Rankings
    =383
  • StatusPublic
  • Research OutputVery High
  • Student/Faculty Ratio13
  • ScholarshipsYes
  • International Students3,515
  • SizeL
  • Exam TypeBachelor GPA,IELTS,TOEFL

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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 dedicated scholarships for international students. The UK’s European university, Kent has beautiful UK campuses close to London, and specialist postgraduate centres in Paris and Brussels

 

With a student body representing over 157 nationalities you can have fun on a global scale. Take part in Worldfest, Europe Day and celebrate events such as Holi, Thanksgiving, Chinese New year and more. Your international student experience will be completely unique and will equip you for every aspect of your life and career. 

Apply now to join our world and start building your future.

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

 

Safe, Study, Social

At Kent, we’re working hard to keep our students and our staff safe. Our Safe, Study, Social ethos outlines our approach to ensuring that everyone is able to live and work on campus safely. Visit Safe, Study, Social to find out about the safety measures that we have in place, in study areas, our accommodation and other shared spaces; we update these regularly in line with current guidance.

We know that university is about more than just studying, which is why we are also encouraging people to safely socialise. Both of our campuses offer expansive outdoor spaces – we have spacious greens throughout Canterbury and open waterfronts in Medway. We have a sports centre, a cinema, a number of cafés and restaurants and are championing socially distanced outdoor activities such as outdoor cinema. 

 

 

A successful future

We are committed to enhancing the employability of all our students. We do this through employability-focused degrees, internship opportunities, our award-winning careers advisory service, and a range of extra-curricular opportunities to boost your CV and develop your employability skills. 

 

  • Step up and stand out

 

From our wide range of industry placements to our Hub for Innovation and Enterprise, you have lots of opportunities to develop real-world skills so that you can stand out from the competition and secure your dream job 

 

  • Award-winning careers service

The university’s award-winning Careers and Employability Service and students’ unions help students enhance their transferable skills, gain relevant work experience, get first-hand insight into graduate careers and, through curricular and co-curricular activities, develop key graduate attributes that top employers are looking for.

Services offered by Careers and Employability include visits from graduates and employers, an annual Employability Festival, one-to-one careers advice and jobs fairs

 

  • Academic support 

Our dedicated colleagues in all academic schools can provide you with individual advice and guidance on a wide range of careers 

 

Join our successful graduates

Our alumni form part of a global network of more than 180,000 former students from 189 countries.

 

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.

 

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 facilitie.

 

Accommodation

New first-year students who select Kent as their first choice are guaranteed a place in University accommodation. At the Canterbury campus, most rooms are en suite and many offer catering options, while all postgraduate rooms are en suite and self-catered. Rooms are available in flats, shared houses and traditional college arrangements.

At Medway, rooms are available at Pier Quays, a short walk from the campus; they are all en suite and arranged in flats of five to eight people. Pier Quays is managed by Unite Students, separate from the University, and shared with students from Canterbury Christ Church and Greenwich universities. 

At both Canterbury and Medway, student union advice centres provide help and guidance for students who choose to live off campus.

 

Support

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.

 

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.

 

Explore our world

Explore Kent from wherever you are in the world. Take a look at our stunning Canterbury and Medway campuses to see all that Kent has to offer you. 

Immerse yourself in our campus life, accommodation and academic spaces to get a feel for what it is like on campus.

If you want to get a taste of what life at Kent is really like, why not book onto one of our virtual events?  

You can find out about all of our virtual events here

 

 

At Kent we welcome applications from students from all around the world and accept a wide variety of applications.

 

UndergraduateFull-time courses

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you have to apply through UCAS. 

If you meet the following conditions, you may choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website:

1.You are NOT from the UK or Ireland.2.You do NOT pay home fee (i.e. you pay international or special EU fee)3.You have never used UCAS AND you do not intend to use UCAS in the future
Please remember if you are eligible and intend to apply directly on our website, you should NOT use UCAS at any point. Submitting your application to both UCAS and our website will cause issues to your application.

Special courses

If you are applying for a subject-specific foundation programme, you apply in the same way as for a three-year undergraduate degree.
Applications for our International Foundation Programme (IFP) can be made:

 

  • directly to Kent via the International Foundation Programme site
  • via one of Kent's overseas representatives
  • via UCAS. If you are submitting other applications to Kent through UCAS, your IFP application must also be made through UCAS.


International students can also apply with the assistance of one of Kent's overseas representatives.

Late applications
A process called 'Clearing' takes place in July and August, running from 1st July annually. We will provide an updated list of all of the Kent degrees that still have places available once Clearing opens – this can give you another chance to apply. For more information on how the Clearing process works and how to apply, please see Clearing at Kent for details.
Apply now

Postgraduate
Applications to our Postgraduate programes are made via the online directly to the University of Kent. 
For international students, the deadline for applications to taught Master's programmes is 31 July.
Although there is no fixed closing deadline for applications to research degrees, we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible; no later than three months before your intended start date. The University has three PhD entry dates during the academic year: September, January and May. Entry to a Master’s by Research is in September only.

 

 

 


Apply now

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.

About

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 dedicated scholarships for international students. The UK’s European university, Kent has beautiful UK campuses close to London, and specialist postgraduate centres in Paris and Brussels

 

With a student body representing over 157 nationalities you can have fun on a global scale. Take part in Worldfest, Europe Day and celebrate events such as Holi, Thanksgiving, Chinese New year and more. Your international student experience will be completely unique and will equip you for every aspect of your life and career. 

Apply now to join our world and start building your future.

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

 

Safe, Study, Social

At Kent, we’re working hard to keep our students and our staff safe. Our Safe, Study, Social ethos outlines our approach to ensuring that everyone is able to live and work on campus safely. Visit Safe, Study, Social to find out about the safety measures that we have in place, in study areas, our accommodation and other shared spaces; we update these regularly in line with current guidance.

We know that university is about more than just studying, which is why we are also encouraging people to safely socialise. Both of our campuses offer expansive outdoor spaces – we have spacious greens throughout Canterbury and open waterfronts in Medway. We have a sports centre, a cinema, a number of cafés and restaurants and are championing socially distanced outdoor activities such as outdoor cinema. 

 

 

A successful future

We are committed to enhancing the employability of all our students. We do this through employability-focused degrees, internship opportunities, our award-winning careers advisory service, and a range of extra-curricular opportunities to boost your CV and develop your employability skills. 

 

  • Step up and stand out

 

From our wide range of industry placements to our Hub for Innovation and Enterprise, you have lots of opportunities to develop real-world skills so that you can stand out from the competition and secure your dream job 

 

  • Award-winning careers service

The university’s award-winning Careers and Employability Service and students’ unions help students enhance their transferable skills, gain relevant work experience, get first-hand insight into graduate careers and, through curricular and co-curricular activities, develop key graduate attributes that top employers are looking for.

Services offered by Careers and Employability include visits from graduates and employers, an annual Employability Festival, one-to-one careers advice and jobs fairs

 

  • Academic support 

Our dedicated colleagues in all academic schools can provide you with individual advice and guidance on a wide range of careers 

 

Join our successful graduates

Our alumni form part of a global network of more than 180,000 former students from 189 countries.

 

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.

 

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 facilitie.

 

Accommodation

New first-year students who select Kent as their first choice are guaranteed a place in University accommodation. At the Canterbury campus, most rooms are en suite and many offer catering options, while all postgraduate rooms are en suite and self-catered. Rooms are available in flats, shared houses and traditional college arrangements.

At Medway, rooms are available at Pier Quays, a short walk from the campus; they are all en suite and arranged in flats of five to eight people. Pier Quays is managed by Unite Students, separate from the University, and shared with students from Canterbury Christ Church and Greenwich universities. 

At both Canterbury and Medway, student union advice centres provide help and guidance for students who choose to live off campus.

 

Support

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.

 

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.

 

Explore our world

Explore Kent from wherever you are in the world. Take a look at our stunning Canterbury and Medway campuses to see all that Kent has to offer you. 

Immerse yourself in our campus life, accommodation and academic spaces to get a feel for what it is like on campus.

If you want to get a taste of what life at Kent is really like, why not book onto one of our virtual events?  

You can find out about all of our virtual events here

 

 

At Kent we welcome applications from students from all around the world and accept a wide variety of applications.

 

UndergraduateFull-time courses

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you have to apply through UCAS. 

If you meet the following conditions, you may choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website:

1.You are NOT from the UK or Ireland.2.You do NOT pay home fee (i.e. you pay international or special EU fee)3.You have never used UCAS AND you do not intend to use UCAS in the future
Please remember if you are eligible and intend to apply directly on our website, you should NOT use UCAS at any point. Submitting your application to both UCAS and our website will cause issues to your application.

Special courses

If you are applying for a subject-specific foundation programme, you apply in the same way as for a three-year undergraduate degree.
Applications for our International Foundation Programme (IFP) can be made:

 

  • directly to Kent via the International Foundation Programme site
  • via one of Kent's overseas representatives
  • via UCAS. If you are submitting other applications to Kent through UCAS, your IFP application must also be made through UCAS.


International students can also apply with the assistance of one of Kent's overseas representatives.

Late applications
A process called 'Clearing' takes place in July and August, running from 1st July annually. We will provide an updated list of all of the Kent degrees that still have places available once Clearing opens – this can give you another chance to apply. For more information on how the Clearing process works and how to apply, please see Clearing at Kent for details.
Apply now

Postgraduate
Applications to our Postgraduate programes are made via the online directly to the University of Kent. 
For international students, the deadline for applications to taught Master's programmes is 31 July.
Although there is no fixed closing deadline for applications to research degrees, we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible; no later than three months before your intended start date. The University has three PhD entry dates during the academic year: September, January and May. Entry to a Master’s by Research is in September only.

 

 

 


Apply now

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.

Available programs

University highlights

University of Kent is one of the top Public universities in Canterbury, United Kingdom. It is ranked #=383 in QS Global World Rankings 2022.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #383
  • 2014
    #411-420
  • 2015
    #451-460
  • 2016
    #360
  • 2017
    #=366
  • 2018
    #=373
  • 2019
    #=355
  • 2020
    #368
  • 2021
    #380
  • 2022
    #=383

Ranking criteria

29.1
Overall
20
Academic Reputation
40.2
Citations per Faculty
8.9
Employer Reputation
21.6
Faculty Student Ratio
98.8
International Faculty Ratio
56.1
International Students Ratio

Student & Staff

Total students
16,530

14%
86%

International students
3,515

31%
69%

Total faculty staff
1,310

570
740

Total students
16,530

14%
86%

International students
3,515

31%
69%

Total faculty staff
1,310

740
570

Scholarships

Yes
The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.

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