University of Kent

The University of Kent is one of the most popular universities in the UK, with a strong international community. It is consistently voted one of the top UK universities in international student satisfaction surveys, and international students point to the welcoming social environment and inspiring learning as highlights of their Kent experience.

Main Campus:
Canterbury,Kent

Locations:
Tonbridge, Kent, Medway, Brussels, Paris, Athens

Student Population:
19,000


Faculties:
 Science, Social Science, Humanities

Overview

Why study at the University of Kent?

The University of Kent is one of the most popular universities in the UK, with a strong international community. It is consistently voted one of the top UK universities in international student satisfaction surveys, and international students point to the welcoming social environment and inspiring learning as highlights of their Kent experience.

 

Teaching Quality

The University of Kent is one of the UK’s leading universities with a strong commitment to quality in both teaching and research:

  • Kent is highly ranked in 23th position out of the 119 universities in the UK (The Guardian University Guide, 2011).
  • It has an excellent reputation for being a very welcoming and supportive place to study with academic staff that are sociable and friendly. Students receive high levels of contact time with their tutors and lecturers.
  • Kent’s high quality teaching encourages students to think independently and adapt to different situations. This approach is augmented by the opportunity to attend many different talks and workshops in related fields, allowing students to place their studies within a broader context.
  • In the most recent National Student Survey, Kent received a rating of 87% for the quality of its teaching, and its academics have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships for three years running.

 

Research Quality

The University of Kent has enjoyed considerable acclaim for its innovative and world-leading research:

  • Kent is very well rated in the top 15% of UK universities for world-leading research. This means that students are taught by leading academics in their fields and its degrees are recognized globally.
  • All academic schools at Kent are judged to produce world leading or internationally excellent research.
  • The University can boast a top 10 listing for six research subject areas: History, Law, French, Metallurgy and Materials, Social Policy and Sociology, Statistics and Operational Research.
  • Five other subject areas are in the UK’s top 20: Drama and Film Studies, Anthropology, Economics, English, Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology.
  • A further ten subject areas are in the UK’s top 30: Applied Mathematics, Classics and Archaeological Studies, Religious Studies, Environmental Sciences, Spanish, Electronics, German, Business and Management Studies, Computing and Philosophy
  • A high-scoring 97% of academic staff’s work has been rated internationally or nationally excellent by the Research and Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) which assesses the quality of research across higher education in the UK. Kent’s research has a strong international impact based on its external networks and partnerships with leading universities in Europe and around the world.

 

International

The University of Kent is located at the gateway to Europe and has formed partnerships with top-ranking universities around the world.

  • With strong teaching and research links to Europe and its own campuses in Brussels and Paris, Kent is known as the UK’s European University. Kent has long-standing partnerships with 100 universities in mainland Europe, and many more around the world. These links provide the foundation for a global approach to research and teaching giving students unrivalled opportunities to study part of the time overseas. Many of its students choose to take either a period of study at one of its overseas and European partner institutions, or a year working in industry, as part of their course.
  • Kent has long-standing partnerships with 100 universities in mainland Europe, and many more around the world. These links provide the foundation for a global approach to research and teaching, giving students’ unrivalled opportunities to study part of their degree overseas with many of its students choosing to take either a period of study at one of its overseas or European partner institutions.

 

Student Satisfaction

Kent is always rated among the best for student satisfaction in National Student Surveys, with a number of its schools ranked among the best nationwide.

  • In the last National Student Survey, 90% of final year international students said that they were ‘overwhelmingly satisfied’ with their experiences at Kent.
  • Students studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Kent gave a 100% satisfaction rating, the highest rating in that discipline in the country.
  • Kent also performed very well in subject satisfaction; it was 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction in Business Studies and 5th in the UK for student satisfaction in Management Studies.

 

Employable Graduates

The University of Kent is committed to providing opportunities for its students to develop abilities and skills which will enhance their career prospects.

  • Kent is proud of its excellent employability record with 96.6% of students who graduated in 2009 finding a job or continuing with further study.
  • Kent is in the top 20 UK Universities for graduate starting salaries (The Sunday Times University Guide2008) and was ranked 16th in the UK in the 2008 Guardian University Guide for graduate prospects.
  • Kent Union runs a volunteering award scheme for Kent students, and within specific courses, students are able to take part in working clinics which serve the public, such as the ward winning Kent Law Clinic and the IT Clinic.
  • Kent offers a number of courses with a year in industry.

 

Areas Of Study

Variety of Courses

Undergraduate study is about excellent and inspirational teaching across a wide range of courses.

  • There are 3 faculties at Kent – Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences – comprising of 18 academic schools and 3 academic centres offering approximately 400 different degree courses.
  • Kent offers helpful pathway opportunities for international students, including English language and Foundation courses, to help students meet the requirements of their chosen degree.

 

Campus Facilities

Location

The University of Kent’s Canterbury campus and Medway campus are both based in the county of Kent. The Canterbury campus is set within 300 acres of parkland overlooking the historical city of Canterbury, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Set within walking distance of the city it offers green and tranquil open spaces, lively cafes and bars and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Within Canterbury lies the world-famous cathedral, which is the venue for the University’s degree ceremonies. A huge bonus for students is that the city is close both to the UK capital city of London, the new high-speed train service takes less than an hour, and has easy access by ferry across the English Channel to Europe.

The Medway campus is a multi-million pound campus with state-of-the-art buildings and facilities. This campus has won several design awards and its historic buildings were once part of a British naval base, making this campus a stunning location in which to live and study.

The University also has a campus at Tonbridge offering part-time study opportunities at all levels of study. Opened in 1984 the Tonbridge centre has its own library and resource centre.

Kent is known as the ‘Garden of England’ and offers students the opportunity to live and study in one of the most picturesque areas of the UK. East Kent has 120 miles of coastline, and a number of its beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for their environmental management, safety and water quality. History plays an important role within Kent, and its past can easily be seen in its historic buildings and towns.

The University of Kent’s Brussels centre is situated at just a 15-minute drive from the centre of Brussels and close to metro, train, bus and tram links. Brussels is known as the ‘capital of Europe’; it is a world centre for international affairs and the home to the main institutions of the European Union and other European organisations. The Brussels centre offers a range of specialist programmes taught in English that are related to the study of international affairs.

The University of Kent’s Paris centre is situated at Reid Hall, in the historic heart of Montparnasse, where Picasso and Modigliani had their studios. The centre is only a few minutes walk from the Luxembourg Gardens and is well served by transport links and other amenities. The Paris centre offers a range of cross-disciplinary postgraduate programmes in the Humanities that allow students to share the year between Canterbury and Paris.

Finally the University of Kent offers a specialised MA in Heritage Management that is taught in Athens at Eleusis, an area of world-class archaeological significance and which is near other important historical sites including the Acropolis, Ancient Corinth, Nemea and Thebes. Students are based in a friendly town with a community of scholars immersed in a research culture, and with international travel links nearby.

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