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University of Kent

2016 League Table Ranking 22
2016 Overall Score 811
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Entry Standards 359 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 13.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.95 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 924 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.13 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 458 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 75.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 90.8 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 80.0 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 38.8 Help
Green Score
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  • Work commenced in 2013 on a 4000m2 extension to the Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus as the flagship project of the University’s 50thanniversary celebrations
  • Specialist postgraduate programmes in Rome launched in 2013
  • A new college, Turing College, established at the Canterbury campus and new student residences opened at Liberty Quays in Medway 2013
  • Significant investment into School of Arts facilities at Chatham Historic Dockyard in Medway saw a number of refurbished buildings; lecture theatres and studio spaces open in 2012
  • New student accommodation at Liberty Quays in Medway opened in 2009
  • Postgraduate centre in Paris launched in 2009 for specialist programmes in the Humanities
  • The University welcomed its first students to the new Medway campus in 2005
  • Medway School of Pharmacy, a joint venture between the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich, launched in 2004 at the Medway campus
  • University of Kent at Brussels, a postgraduate centre for programmes specialising in international studies opened in 1998
  • Tonbridge Centre specialising in part-time study opened in 1982
  • Royal Charter granted in 1965; first 500 students enrol at Canterbury campus.
  • Colyer Fergusson Music Building opened in 2012.
  • Specialist postgraduate programmes at Athens launched in 2011.
  • Woolf Postgraduate College opened in 2008.

Location and Transport

  • Campuses in Canterbury and Medway and specialist postgraduate centres in Brussels, Paris Athens and Rome. The University also has a part-time centre in Tonbridge.
  • University of Kent is well connected to London (via road or high speed train) and continental Europe (via ferry or Eurostar).
  • The Canterbury campus is vibrant, friendly and cosmopolitan, 20 minutes walk from Canterbury city centre. The historic Medway campus has a lively atmosphere with award winning buildings, industry-standard facilities and a great community. There is also a shuttle bus provided by the University, which runs at regular intervals between the Canterbury and Medway campuses.
  • The Canterbury campus is on a direct bus route to the city centre and is close to both Canterbury East and Canterbury West train stations
  • The Medway campus is close to Chatham train station and regular buses service the campus from the station. Journey time to campus is approximately 15 minutes. Arriva buses also regularly service the campus.
  • The University of Kent, Brussels is located in a world centre for international affairs, close to a metro station, a train station and regular bus and tram services.
  • Our centre in Paris is at the Columbia Global Center (previously known as Reid Hall), in the heart of Montparnasse and a five-minute walk from the local metro station.
  • Kent’s centres in Athens and Rome are close to the main cultural sites and both centres have good bus connections to the surrounding areas.

Entry Standards

  • Applicants are considered solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, ethnic or national origin, age (subject to the University regulations on minimum age), disability, religion, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.
  • The University aims to give such students equality of opportunity to enter. The University recognises that not all applicants have had an equality of educational opportunity and will consider applicants in the light of the opportunities available to them. The University will admit candidates who have the potential to succeed at degree level.
  • You can read our full Admissions Policy online at

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • The University’s minimum matriculation requirement is normally two A-Levels at grade E, or equivalent, although most courses require much higher grades for entry. Schools can insist on a particular level of performance in a subject at GCSE, A level or other examinations, including English language qualifications.
  • Read more about admission requirements at Kent.

Student Mix

The 19,010 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Fully modular degree programmes provide students with the opportunity to study a wide range of options.
  • Full and part-time study options available.
  • Many of Kent’s subject areas give students the opportunity to study or work abroad or spend a year in industry.
  • A vast range of degree combinations are available with joint degrees and major/minor degree subject options.
  • Foundation degrees, Higher National Diplomas and Top-up honours degrees also available.

Teaching Standards

  • Kent achieved the third highest score of 91% for overall student satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS).
  • All of our academic schools produce world-leading research, meaning our students learn directly from top-rated researchers.
  • Kent scored 89% for overall teaching satisfaction in the 2014 NSS.
  • Strong international focus helps students develop a global perspective to their learning.

Research Standards

  • University of Kent was ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity* in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. (*of 122 universities not including specialist institutions; rankings are taken from the Times Higher Education, Jan 2015.)
  • 97% of Kent’s research is of international quality.
  • All of our academic schools are engaged in research deemed to be of international excellence and world-leading.

Academic Strengths

  • Regular access to academic staff, detailed and prompt feedback on work.
  • Kent has partnerships with a number of prestigious universities around the world offering many opportunities to study and work abroad.
  • Innovative and nationally recognised ‘Employability Points’ scheme encourages students to develop transferable skills through extra-curricular activities.
  • Regular talks and workshops in a range of related fields enable students to place their studies in a broader context.
  • Kent academics are research-active; our students learn from some of the most influential thinkers in their field.

Student Facilities

  • The Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus has a wealth of resources and services to support study and research across all subject areas. Its extensive print and electronic collections are specifically aimed at supporting the courses and subject areas taught at Kent. The Library is well equipped with hundreds of study spaces and PCs, loan laptops, wireless access and printing and photocopying facilities. There are silent and quiet study zones, a social learning zone with café and IT facilities, and bookable group study or viewing rooms. Students are also able to use the Drill Hall Library at the Medway campus.
  • The Drill Hall Library on the Medway campus is 184ft long and reportedly the longest library in Europe. It has hundreds of study spaces, zoned to provide silent, quiet and group study facilities plus extensive print and electronic resources. There is also a new library café, with four ‘diner’ style booths that seat between four and six students and are equipped with 40” LCD screens connected to a networked PC. Students are also able to use the Templeman Library at the Canterbury campus.
  • As well as hundreds of networked PCs across both the Canterbury and Medway campuses, the University also has a mobile webapp, which puts live PC availability, course timetables and other University essentials at our students’ fingertips. We offer free skills training workshops, online tutorials, the chance to earn a recognised IT qualification (ECDL) and many part-time work opportunities to enable students to gain experience, develop skills and enhance their CV.
  • The Sports Centre on the Canterbury campus has some of the best facilities in the university sector including a new cardio/fitness suite, physiotherapy clinic, three multi-use sports halls, a variety of playing fields, courts for squash, volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis and netball, dance studio, 3G football pitch, cricket nets, astro-turf and grass pitches.
  • Students at the Medway campus have access to a wide range of facilities that are close to the campus including Medway Park. This regional centre of sporting excellence has fantastic facilities including an IAAF standard athletics track, gym and fitness suite, 25m pool, 12 court sports hall and three dance studios. Kent students receive discounted rates and access to free activities.
  • The Venue nightclub on the Canterbury campus is one of the best student facilities in the country. It has a capacity of 1,200 and is open four nights a week. The club caters for a range of music genres and there’s a full events programme with many guest appearances.
  • The University runs a free shuttle bus between the Canterbury and Medway campuses during term-time.

Disability Services

Student Support may be able to help with the following:

  • Applying for DSA funding to pay for specialist equipment and helpers
  • Arranging one-to-one support as specified by independent assessors
  • Arranging signers, notetakers and other support workers for you as specified by independent assessors
  • Equipment loan
  • Liaison with academic and other departments about specific assistance you may require
  • Discussing any special arrangements you need for exams.
  • Telephone +44 (0)1227 823158 or email

Students' Union

  • Kent Union, the Students’ Union at Kent, is run 'by the students, for the students'.
  • It provides a wide variety of facilities, represents students’ interests at the University and in the wider community, and offers help, support and advice when needed.


  • Kent Sport, the University of Kent’s, Department of Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation, is situated at the Sports Centre and the Pavilion on the Canterbury campus. It oversees the University’s recreational facilities and development of sport at Kent.
  • With a dedicated Sports Development team, fully qualified health and fitness instructors and support staff - the department offers a wide range of services and caters for over 30 different activities, from climbing 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.
  • Students at our Medway campus receive discounted rates at the multimillion-pound Medway Park sports centre is located very near to the campus. Kent students receive special rates to use its sports halls, pools, squash courts, health suites and athletics track. The University also has dedicated seminar, research and therapy rooms within Medway Park.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Library extension project (Canterbury campus): the University has undertaken a flagship project to add a 5,300m2 extension to the Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus as well as creating major enhancements to the existing building. The project commenced in July 2013 and will be completed in 2015 as part of the celebrations for Kent’s 50th anniversary. Following completion of the extension a remodelling of the existing library will commence, with completion in the spring of 2016.
  • New Kent Law Clinic (Canterbury campus): the University has launched a £5.5-million fundraising project (the Kent Law Campaign) to build a new home for the award winning Kent Law Clinic and a dedicated Mooting Chamber. Each donation raised will be matched pound for pound by the University. Work will start on the new building in the spring of 2015, with staff and students moving in a year later.
  • New Turing College development (Canterbury campus): the University is building a new college, Turing College, named after Alan Turing, consisting of new accommodation buildings with over 800 study bedrooms and a Hub building. The project will be completed in 2 phases; 416 rooms and the Hub have already been completed and the remaining 385 rooms will be completed for occupation by the new academic year 2015–16. The accommodation will comprise self-catering en-suite flats and town houses with shared facilities in landscaped surroundings. The Hub building will feature a social/ study area, launderette and dining/catering facilities comprising three outlets in a 'food court' style, offering a choice of cooked-to-order, homemade dishes.
  • New sports facilities (Canterbury campus): following an investment of £4.8-million, the sports facilities on the Canterbury campus have been significantly upgraded. The new facilities include a fitness suite full of brand new cardio equipment for general fitness, wellness and rehabilitation, and high performance training. The suite has also added an extensive range of free weights, as well as four Olympic power-lifting platforms. A multi-purpose fitness and dance studio has also been built, to include popular Spinning, Zumba and Boxercise to the new class timetable. Alongside the sport centre facilities a new indoor tennis centre has been added. These facilities are now in operation and the University is now funding a further 3G sports pitch on the campus.
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard development (Medway campus): the School of Arts has significantly expanded and, as testament to its commitment to Humanities, the University fully refurbished a number of buildings on the nearby Chatham Historic Dockyard site in 2012. Bridge Wardens’ College houses new studio spaces, as well as a lecture theatre, seminar rooms and a variety of computing facilities for students. The Smitheries Buildings have been refurbished and house Fine Art studios. Two other buildings, the Fire Station and The Foundry, house state of the art music and audio facilities. Following the completion of these projects, further investment has been made by the University to refurbish and convert further listed buildings to provide offices, seminar rooms, lecture theatre and student social spaces for Kent Business School due for completion by September 2015.
  • Student Activity Building (Medway Campus): the University is developing and converting the Grade 2 listed former swimming baths into a Student Hub incorporating facilities for the Students Union, licenced and non-licenced social spaces and a bar/kitchen. The building is due to be completed for occupation in September 2016.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Jobshop is a service run by Kent Union and Greenwich and Kent Students’ Associations Together (GK Unions). Over 2,800 jobs were advertised last year across a range of areas.
  • Students are employed by the University in a variety of roles including catering/bar staff, Student Ambassadors and temping. There are also opportunities for part-time employment in Canterbury and the Medway region.
  • The University has a dedicated Careers and Employability Service that is available to all students at any stage of their degree. The service offers drop-in sessions and seminars on finding and getting work experience as well as advertising internships, work shadowing, formal graduate vacancies and local opportunities. The service also has a database of job vacancies which allows students to search on the basis of a range of complex criteria including worldwide location
  • All students are encouraged to participate in our nationally recognised Employability Points scheme. The scheme rewards students for active engagement in extra-curricular activities. The points lead to prizes ranging from vouchers and corporate activities to work experience, training, and internships. All rewards are carefully selected based on their ability to incentivise students to reflect on their experience and develop themselves, so not only are students enhancing their skills through the activities, but the rewards themselves are increasing their long term employability opportunities.

Careers Guidance

Our careers services are impartial, free of charge and open to all students of the University of Kent, whatever your year of study, and to Kent graduates for up to three years after graduation.

  • Our friendly, helpful team of professional advisers are available to help you with all aspects of your career planning and decision-making, such as:
  • Making decisions about your future career
  • Getting relevant work experience
  • Planning your job search strategy
  • Making applications and preparing for interviews
  • Looking at postgraduate study options
  • Changing or leaving your course of study

We also deliver a wide range of workshops and events to enhance student's employability.

Notable Alumni

  • With 134,000 alumni from 181 countries, our former students all over the world represent the University of Kent. At present, we have formal alumni associations in North America and in Hong Kong, plus a recently established alumni committee in Malaysia. We also have a Former Staff Association, helping to maintain links with the University and its former members of staff, plus a number of 'class groups' such as our First 500 (Kent's first cohort of undergraduates in 1965) and other year groups from Kent's first years who meet regularly and stay in close touch with the University.
  • Kent alumni can also make a huge impact on today’s students by providing careers advice to those taking their first steps in their chosen career. The Alumni Careers Network is a way of helping current students (and recent graduates) to gain an insight into careers through contact with alumni via informal interviews, advice by phone/letter/email and work shadowing.


For further information

  • +44 (0)1227 764000
  • The University of Kent
    CT2 7NZ
UCAS Code K24

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