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University of Kent

Kent, a top 20 research university, provides a dynamic and challenging academic environment informed by an international perspective and collaboration with top ranked universities around the world. Our £11 million postgraduate scholarship fund allows us to support excellence and we have an enviable record for graduate employment.

Kent is known as 'the UK's European university' with campuses in the UK and specialist postgraduate centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome where studies are underpinned by the specialist resources of each location. In addition to these centres, we have a large number of academic partnerships across Europe, Asia and the United States; some of our programmes offer dual UK and European qualifications, as well as jointly supervised PhD awards.

The University is ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity, we have world-leading research in all subjects and 97% of our research is deemed to be of international quality as shown by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The QAA (2015) recognised postgraduate study at Kent as having 'a vibrant and interdisciplinary academic community'. 

Postgraduate programmes

We offer a range of taught programmes and research opportunities including External PhDs, distance learning and short courses across the arts and humanities, social sciences, medical studies, and science and technology. We are active partners in the AHRC Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), the ESRC South-East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC) and the ARIES NERC Doctoral Training Partnership. 

University of Kent

£11m Postgraduate Scholarship Fund

There are a variety of financial support opportunities for postgraduate students including:

  • Funding from UK Research Councils - ESRC, AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, NERC and STFC 
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships
  • University Taught and Research Scholarships
  • Subject and location specific awards
  • Excellence in Sport and Music scholarships
  • Named awards from donors
  • International Student Scholarships 
University of Kent

Superb locations

The University of Kent has exceptional study locations: the UK campuses in Canterbury, Medway and Tonbridge, and specialist postgraduate centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome. Canterbury and Medway have quick and easy road and rail access to London as well as mainland Europe, including Paris and Brussels, via the Eurostar. The facilities of all our locations are available to all our students, no matter where they are based.


Over 50 subjects for study and research at a beautiful, cosmopolitan campus looking over the historic City


Professionally focused programmes delivered at a stunning waterfront location with state-of-the art facilities


Part-time learning in a wide range of subjects including postgraduate taster courses in humanities and social sciences


Heritage Management, combining archaeology and business, studied in one of the world's most ancient cities


Advanced international studies taught in the political capital of Europe by academics and practitioners


Postgraduate humanities enhanced by cultural immersion in the capital of European culture


The study of the ancient world in this centre of classical antiquity

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    The School is at the centre of contemporary global debates about environmental change, human evolution, biodiversity loss and the response of distinctive social-cultural communities to globalisation and our expertise is broadly encompassed within four research pillars: Biological Anthropology; Socio-cultural Anthropology; Conservation Biology and Human Ecology.

    Due to the international and significant impact of our research the School attracts grants and scholarships from funders including Leverhulme Trust, ESRC, NERC, European Research Council and various government and non-government agencies around the world. We have been especially successful in winning Darwin Initiative projects securing more funds than any other University in the UK.

    We have worked in over 80 countries and currently have projects in many diverse locations including Western Ghats India, Aceh Indonesia, Niger West Africa, Panama Central America, East Timor South East Asia, and Madagascar and Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

    We publish in some of the world’s most prestigious journals in our fields (Nature, PNAS, Cultural Anthropology, Journal of Human Evolution) and in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 55% of our research was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

    Our active research expertise, internal research profile and diverse community make Kent an excellent choice for postgraduate studies.

    Anthropology prides itself on its inclusive and interdisciplinary focus. It takes a holistic approach to human society, combining biological and social perspectives. We offer a range of MA, MSc and PhD programmes across the fields on Environmental, Social, Biological and Visual Anthropology and also Ethnobotany.

    Conservation programmes, delivered through DICE, seek to integrate international conservation and development sustainability through combining natural and social sciences to design measures that help to conserve biological diversity. We also offer a PhD in Biodiversity Management which attracts highly motivated students from around the world who then go on to highly successful careers in academia or in top flight jobs in biodiversity conservation.

  • 2 programme(s)

    The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has an excellent reputation, recognised for both the quality of our teaching and impact of our research, within a friendly and supportive environment. We are consistently first for student satisfaction in major league tables and offer an inspiring and challenging student experience in a safe and very pleasant environment with the beautiful and historic city of Canterbury. We prepare our students for a wide range of occupations enabling them to pursue dynamic professional careers in the UK and overseas. A forward looking School, our courses are regularly reviewed, ensuring that they are up-to-date, contain strong industrial and research input and are relevant to employers’ needs.

    The School was established over 40 years ago and has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments. The School is engaged in high-quality research with significant national and international impact while offering excellent opportunities for graduate studies. We have been consistently attracting substantial research funding from the UK Research Councils, European research programmes, industrial and commercial companies, government agencies and others and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments.

    Our 31 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff form teams providing an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. There is a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a notably friendly and supportive teaching and research environment.

    A postgraduate qualification from Kent opens up a wealth of career opportunities by providing an impressive portfolio of skills and specialist knowledge. Employers recognise that a postgraduate qualification demonstrates a wide range of skills. During your programme, you acquire a high level of academic knowledge and specialist practical skills. Graduates from our postgraduate programmes have excellent employment prospects. We are 7th place across the sector in the Complete University Guide 2014 for employability, and 90% of our graduates take up work or are in further study six months after graduate. This is testimony to our strong links with industry. Our graduates have gone on to achieve great success in leading global organisations. We would encourage you to read our student and alumni profiles which appear on our web site.

    Postgraduate resources
    The School is well equipped with a wide range of laboratory and computing facilities and software packages for teaching and research support. There is a variety of hardware and software for image acquisition and processing, as well as extensive multimedia computing resources.

    We have research funding from the UK Research Councils, European research programmes, a number of industrial and commercial companies and government agencies – such as the Ministry of Defence, and many others. Our Electronic Systems Design Centre and Digital Media Hub provide training and consultancy for a wide range of companies. Many of our research projects are collaborative, and we have well-developed links with institutions worldwide.

    An active school
    As a postgraduate student, you are part of a thriving research community and receive support through a wide-ranging programme of individual supervision, specialised research seminars, general skills training programmes, and general departmental colloquia, usually with external speakers. We encourage you to attend and present your work at major conferences, as well as taking part in our internal conference and seminar programmes. The atmosphere of our School is informal, friendly and has at its centre, a thriving and diverse postgraduate community from all over the world. We also have a lively community of students and graduates participating in our social media communities on Facebook and Twitter which you are encouraged to be a part of.

    Dynamic publishing culture
    Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: IEEE Transactions; IET Journals; Electronics Letters; Applied Physics; Computers in Human Behaviour. Details of recently published books can be found on our research web pages.

    £8m Postgraduate Scholarship Fund
    The University allocates over £6 million from its own funds and attracts an additional
    £2 million to provide a variety of financial support opportunities for postgraduate students. These range from a generous number of research student scholarships, through to location specific funding, sport and music scholarships, and funding specifically for overseas fee-paying students. In addition to University scholarships, the School of Engineering and Digital Arts also offers a number of generous funding schemes, designed to assist worthy students in undertaking postgraduate study.

    For further information, please contact:
    Postgraduate Admissions Officer
    E-mail: [email protected]

  • 1 programme(s)

    The University of Kent’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is located on our Medway Campus close to Chatham’s historic docklands. Our aim is to establish the University of Kent as a leading institution in the UK for the study of sport through exciting and innovative research and teaching in the area of Sport and Exercise. Our school produces rigorous and applicable knowledge, develops employable graduates, and impacts the training and performance of coaches and athletes. We have recognised expertise, are a research-intensive, and produce high-quality research in the fields of: Physiology, Nutrition, Respiratory health, Endurance exercise, Sports therapy, Sport Legacy and Biomechanics.
    To support our research we have state-of-the-art facilities located both on campus and at Medway Park, a centre of sporting excellence that was used as an Olympic training camp in 2012.

    The School has recently invested heavily in its equipment and other resources, and has excellent sport science and sport rehabilitation facilities. Campus facilities include a 12-couch teaching clinic and rehabilitation gym, two state-of-the-art sports and human performance testing laboratories and a biomechanics laboratory.

    In addition, at Medway Park, we have another large state-of-the-art physiology-testing laboratory, a professional sport therapy and rehabilitation clinic and gym for our Sport Ready and Respiratory clinics. There is a wide range of equipment throughout our facilities, including treadmills, cycle ergometers, isokinetic dynamometry, analytical chemistry equipment, as well as an environmental chamber. We also have more specialist equipment, including an AlterG treadmill, 3D video analysis systems, ultra-sound imaging, and near-infrared spectroscopy.
    For more information about the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and our Post Graduate programmes please visit our website.

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