University of Kent

The Registry, Canterbury, CT2 7NZ
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University Profile

Determined to attract high-flyers in today’s more competitive higher education market, the University of Kent is offering scholarships of £2,000 a year (renewable annually) to candidates who achieve at least three As at A level, or the equivalent, and meet certain other criteria.

It has a good record in the National Student Survey and has tried to safeguard teaching standards by encouraging all academics to take a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. Kent academics have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships in four of the last five years.

The university has capitalised sensibly on its position near the Channel ports, specialising in international programmes, as well as in the flexible degree structures that have been the hallmark of most 1960s universities. Styling itself  "the UK’s European university", Kent now has postgraduate sites in Brussels,  Paris, Athens and Rome,as well as giving many undergraduates the option of a year abroad.

There are partnerships with over 100 European universities and Kent is one of the UK’s most enthusiastic participants in the EU’s Erasmus exchange programme, providing its undergraduates with study or work opportunities in countries from Spain to the Czech Republic.

The original low-rise campus, set in 300 acres of parkland overlooking Canterbury, is tidy rather than architecturally distinguished. The student centre has a nightclub large enough to attract big-name bands, as well as a theatre, cinema and bars. A new concert hall and music building is now open, while other recent developments on the main campus have included the Canterbury Innovation Centre and a new sports pavilion.

Based in the old Chatham naval base, the Medway campus, has already exceeded its target of 6,000 students, a third of whom are from Kent. The School of Pharmacy, which now has more than 550 undergraduates and nearly 300 postgraduates, is the main feature of a £50m development.

A new School of Arts opened last year, with flexible work spaces for painting, sculpture, printmaking, film, photography, music and performance projects. Additionally, the Dockyard's old Boiler Shop now features a £1m sculpture workshop, while the old Foundry now houses recording studios. Further development has brought the number of residential places on the campus to 1,100.

There is another base in Tonbridge serving 3,000 part-time students across Kent, mainly taught in associate colleges. Access courses throughout the county allow students to upgrade their qualifications to university standard, but the main focus is on the Medway towns, where Kent is involved in ambitious projects with Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church universities and Mid-Kent College.

Undergraduates on the main campus are attached to one of four colleges, although they do not select it themselves. The colleges act as the focus of social life, and include academic as well as residential facilities. The £25m redevelopment of Keynes College has added 500 residential places. Further development of the Park Wood student village has brought the number of places available in Canterbury close to 5,000.

Kent was much more successful in the 2008 research assessments than in previous exercises, with more than half of its submission placed in the top two categories. Around 30% of research in social policy was considered world-leading. The university  has been building up its science departments, among which computing is particularly well regarded, but still a majority of the students take arts or social science subjects.

Applications and enrolments dropped by less than the national average when fees for UK students went up to £9,000 in 2012. Entry grades for full-time degrees have been rising in most subjects. Offers are pitched according to the UCAS points tariff, although those taking A levels are expected to pass at least three subjects (one of which may be general studies).

The university has a more mixed intake than many in the south of England: over nine out of ten undergraduates are from state schools and more than a quarter come from working-class homes. The projected dropout rate of 8% is lower than its benchmark for the university’s subjects and entrance requirements. Graduates of all disciplines fare well in the employment market – the university regularly features among the top 20 for graduate starting salaries.

Kent’s students come from 120 countries, and campus security is good, although some complain that Canterbury itself is expensive and limited socially.

Student view

Chelsea Moore, students’ union president:
First impressions
We have an enormous campus with five colleges and our own student village.
Worst feature
You won’t have time to do all of the things our campus has to offer.
Making a difference
Last year our students logged 103,000 hours of volunteer work, which increases employment opportunities.
Deal clincher
We have other campuses across Europe so there are plenty of travel opportunities.

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Student experience
82.4% , 40th
Research quality
17% , 42nd=
Ucas entry points
380 , 41st
Graduate prospects
70.7% , 39th
Firsts and 2:1s
73.5% , 30th=
Completion rate
90.5% , 37th
Student-staff ratio
14.6:1 , 22nd=
Services/facilities spend
£1,347 , 70th
World ranking
411st= (383rd)

Vital statistics

Undergraduate (full-time)
Postgraduates   (full-time)
Applications/places ratio


Accommodation costs
Catered costs
Accommodation contact


UK/EU fees
Fees (placement year)
Fees (overseas year)
Fees (international)
For English students with household income below £42.6K and meeting various conditions, £1,000 cash and £2,000 package, year 1; £2,000 package, years 2 and 3.
Subject scholarships and partner school and college scholarships.
Graduate salaries


Sports points/rank
896, 30th

Social mix

EU students
Other overseas students
State school educated
Middle class/working class

Student satisfaction

American Studies90.9
Drama, Dance and Cinematics86.5
Iberian Languages86.1
Accounting and Finance83.6
Computer Science82.8
Communication and Media Studies82.1
Sport Science81.2
Electrical and Electronic Engineering81.1
Theology and Religious Studies81.0
Business Studies80.5
Social Work79.6
Social Policy79.4
Classics and Ancient History78.6
Biological Sciences78.1
Other Subjects Allied to Medicine76
Pharmacology and Pharmacy76
Art and Design73.3
Physics and Astronomy72.6