• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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    358
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    12.7
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.95
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    1,060
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.12
  • Facilities Spend 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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    543
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    76.6
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    91.6
  • Good Honours 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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    80.1

History

  • Specialist postgraduate programmes in Rome launched in 2013.
  • 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 Requirements

  • 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’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. You can read more about our admissions requirements on our website.
  • 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.

Student Mix

The 18,985 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%

Domicile

  • UK 75%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 15%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%

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 gained the 5th highest score for overall student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS).
  • All of our academic schools produce world-leading research, meaning our students learn directly from top-rated researchers.
  • Kent scored 88% for overall teaching satisfaction in the 2015 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).
  • 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.

Undergraduate Courses

  • Kent offers a wide range of excellent degree courses, spanning the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities at its Canterbury and Medway campuses.
  • We offer a range of taught programmes and research opportunities including New Route and External PhDs, distance learning and short courses such as continuing professional development (CPD) across the arts and humanities, social sciences, medical studies, and science and technology. 
  • We have specialist postgraduate centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome where studies are underpinned by the specialist resources of each location.

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

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 accessibility@kent.ac.uk.

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.
  • In Medway, students belong to GK Unions, a joint student union between Kent and Greenwich.

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.
  • 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

  • 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 locations.
  • 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

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Library extension project (Canterbury campus): Following completion of the flagship project to add a 5,300m2 extension to the Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus, the existing Templeman Library is undergoing a major refurbishment and re-modelling to incorporate a new entrance. This phase commenced in January 2016 and will be completed in April 2017.
  • New Kent Law Clinic (Canterbury campus): The Wigodor Law Building will provide facilities for the Kent Law Clinic, a centre for enhanced community-facing legal services and the Kennedy Wong Mooting Chamber, a new space that will allow students to hone their advocacy skills in an ultra-realistic setting. The project commenced on site in June 2015 and will be delivered for the 2016–17 academic year.
  • KBS/SMSAS Building (Canterbury Campus): The university is developing a new building that will bring together the Kent Business School and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science to promote synergies, collaboration and interaction, foster knowledge exchange and enhance the reputation of both schools. The development has a construction cost of approximately £26m and is due for completion at the end of 2016.
  • Ingram Building over-cladding (Canterbury Campus): In undertaking this work the university has created a prominent facade that will be modernised, dynamic and innovative, which in turn will complement the level of teaching and expertise that will be experienced within the building.
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard development (Medway campus): Following the completion of a number of building projects for the School of Fine Arts and Music, further investment has been made by the university to refurbish and convert more listed buildings to provide offices, seminar rooms, lecture theatre and student social spaces for Kent Business School. These facilities were opened in September 2015.
  • C4 Student Hub (Medway Campus): Conversion and refurbishment of a derelict building, formerly a swimming pool and bowling alley, into a student hub at the Medway Campus. The purpose-built student centre, with entertainment and social space, will also include offices for GK Unions, the students’ union partnership between Kent Union at Medway and the Students’ Union at the University of Greenwich. Completion for September 2016.
  • A floodlit 3G football pitch (Canterbury Campus): The university has created an eco-friendly solution re-using as many as 20000 vehicle tyres in the construction materials. The 3G pitch is designed by Field Turf. Project value £1m. Completion November 2015.
  • New Turing College development (Canterbury campus): the university has recently completed a new college, Turing College, named after Alan Turing, consisting of new accommodation buildings with over 800 study bedrooms and a Hub building. The accommodation comprises 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.

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.

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