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UNIVERSITY OF KENT, CANTERBURY, ENGLAND

Canterbury, EnglandLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1965Established Year
  17369Enrollment

University of Kent Ranking, Programs, Admission Process, Scholarships and Placements

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The University of Kent, formerly known as University of Kent at Canterbury (UKC) is a semi-collegiate public research university located in Kent, United Kingdom. The university has its main campus at Canterbury, housing over 6,000 students as well as a campus in Medway, European postgraduate center in Brussels and Paris. Awarded Gold in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework, the highest rating, the university offers outstanding teaching, world-leading research, safe and welcoming study locations, and superb student experience.

  • The student population at Kent is mixed with around 15,000 undergraduate and 4,000 postgraduate students.
  • International students comprise 22% of the total student population, representing 158 nationalities. The student body at the University of Kent is made up of 27% international students.
  • 97% of Kent’s research was judged to be of international quality in the Research Excellence Framework.
  • The university is distinctively European with 41% of academic and research staff from outside the UK making it a preferred destination for students willing to study abroad in UK.
  • Kent is also a member of the Santander Network of European universities encouraging Social and Economic Development.
  • The best paying degree at Kent University is an MBA, with alumni earning an average salary of $115,000.

University of Kent Student Enrollment

Exposing students to a globally-minded environment, Kent offers a number of undergraduate and graduate courses for students.

Table of Contents

1. Rankings
2. Highlights
3. Campuses
4. Faculties and Programs
5. Admission
6. Tuition Fees
7. Scholarships
8. Work-Study Program
9. Placements
10. Alumni Benefits

University of Kent Rankings and Awards

  • The University of Kent was awarded gold in Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
  • According to Times Higher Education (THE) Research Excellence Framework, Kent was ranked in the top 20 universities for research intensity, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities.
  • According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Kent ranks among the top 500 universities in the world.
  • The University of Kent ranks among the top 50 universities for THE’s New European Teaching Rankings.
  • QS places Kent at 46th position in UK and 366th in the world.
  • The Guardian newspaper ranked Kent at 65th in UK while Sunday times at 25th position.

Highlights

Establishment Year1965
LocationCanterbury, England
University TypePublic
Campus SettingRural
Student Enrollment19,860
Endowment£ 5.528 million
Mode of ProgramFull time, distance and online
Financial SupportAvailable
Campus HousingAvailable

University of Kent Campuses

Its Social Sciences, Law, Psychology, and European Teachings programs are ranked #101, #58, #71 and #47 by The World University Rankings. The university has a main campus in Canterbury and an associated campus in Medway, Brussels and Paris. More than 5400 rooms are available to offer guaranteed accommodation to first-year students.

Canterbury Campus

The main campus is located in parkland just 3 miles away from the city center facing the Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site.

  • The campus has over 12,000 full time and 6, 200 part-time students with accommodation of over 5000.
  • The campus is ecologically rich, home to protected species including Great Crested Newts. 
  • The campus nightclub The venue was refurbished in 2010 and is open from Wednesday to Saturday.
  • Sporting facilities are spread across two main sites: the sports center and sports Pavillion site.
  • The campus also has a selection of shops, groceries, bookshop, pharmacy, and laundries. Cafes and bards are generally run by the university or the student union.

Medway Campus

Establishes in 2001, the campus reinvents a former naval base as a 21st-century study space providing exceptional facilities and support to students. Medway campus is close to towns of Rochester and Chatham and has two sites, Pembroke and The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Both the sites are a 10-minute walk from one another. The accommodation that is Pier Quays is 30 minutes walk from both the sites. It can accommodate over 600 students.

Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS)\

The University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) was established in 1998. It is a multidisciplinary school offering masters and Ph.D. courses in law, politics, providing an in-depth analysis of contemporary issues. BSIS works closely with the School of Politics and International Relations at Kent. Students at BSIS represent 45+nationalities. 

Kents Paris School of Arts and Culture

Paris school of arts and culture is a specialist postgraduate center in one of the culturally rich cities in the world. Flexible, advanced degrees are offered in arts, architecture, history of art, drama, and literature. The programs are capitalized on the city’s vast heritage and culture. 

Programs at the school of arts and culture are combined together from four academic schools at Kent- the school of architecture, arts, English, and European culture and language. All modules offered at Canterbury are designed, taught, and assessed by the University of Kent staff.

University of Kent Faculties and Programs

The university is divided into three faculties which are further organized into 20 schools. Read More

HumanitiesSciencesSocial Sciences
Kent School of Architecture and PlanningSchool of BioscienceSchool of Anthropology and Conversation
School of ArtsSchool of ComputingKent Business School
School of EnglishSchool of Engineering and Digital ArtsSchool of Economics
School of European Culture and LanguagesSchool of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial ScienceKent Law School
School of HistoryMedway School of PharmacySchool of Politics and International Relations
School of Music and Fine ArtSchool of Physical SciencesSchool of Psychology
-School of Sport and Exercise SciencesSchool of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research

University of Kent Application Process

Application: UG applications can be made through Universities and Colleges Admission (UCAS) while PG applications can be made through the University’s online application system. International students can also apply through university representatives in respective countries for admission to the University of Kent

Application deadline: UG Courses: January 15 (for Medicine –October 15) while for PG Courses: Varies as per programs

Admission Requirements: 

  • Completed admission application form
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Official degree completion certificate
  • Letter of Recommendations
  • Birth certificate and Copy of passport
  • Personal statement or Essay
  • Research proposal (for research programs)
  • Proof of English language proficiency through TOEFL, IETLS or equivalent exam

Exams to Study in UK and Apply for University of Kent are:

English TestMinimum scores required
IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in each component
TOEFL (iBT)90
PTE62 with 60 in each area
Cambridge English Advanced and Proficiency176 overall with a minimum score of 169

University of Kent Cost of Attendance

ExpensesEstimated cost (in GBP)
Undergraduate Fee15,200-18,400
Postgraduate Fee16,000-19,000
Average cost of living 12,968

University of Kent Tuition Fees (As per Program)

CourseTuition fees
BSc (Hons) (Accounts and Finance)€16,800
BSc (Hons) (Actuarial Science)€16,800
BSc (Hons) (Anthropology)€20,500
BA (Hons) Architecture/Art and History/ Asian Studies€20,500
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry/ Biology/ Biomedical Engineering/ Chemistry/ Computer Science/ Computing€20,500
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies/ Architecture/ Social Policy/ Criminology/ Literature€16,800
MArt (Digital Arts)€20,500
MEngg (Computer Systems Engineering)/ MChem€20,500
LLB (Hons)€18,000
Engineering€20,500

University of Kent Scholarships and Financial Aid

Every year the University of Kent awards 3,000+ scholarships. The majority of these scholarships are common for domestic and international incoming students. Most of these scholarships are awarded on a merit basis while only a few scholarships are available based on merit.

Some of these Kent Scholarships are:

ScholarshipBenefitEligibility 
International Scholarships for Undergraduate Students8,000 GBPEntering a UG program at Kent in 2020
Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence 20202,000 GBPSatisfied entry requirements of Kent UG program
Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) Scholarship6,950 GBPEntering any MA or LLM degrees
MBA Women in Leadership Scholarship50% tuition feeMinimum 2:1 or First Class degree; 500-word statement

International students are also eligible for some external scholarships such as Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Scholarships, GREAT Scholarships, etc.

University of Kent Work-Study Program

In order to increase financial support to study in UK, students wish to pursue part-time work while studying, the University of Kent provides career options at their \enter as well as vacancies. International students with a tier 4 visa can access student circus. 

  • Students can book appointments and find vacancies at careers.kent.ac.uk/
  • Customer service, retail, hospitality, cleaning, and care work are some areas of employment for students. They can be applied in two ways- online portals of large companies and advertisements by smaller ventures. 
  • Recruitment agencies hire skilled and students with expertise mainly in hospitality and administration. 

University of Kent Placements

Several courses at Kent provide the option of a placement year, that is spending the year at the industry. Students can spend up to 12 months employed and take graduate-level tasks and projects with a company. As per emoluments, the highest-paid graduates at Kent are Executive Management and Change professionals with $100,000 annually. The lowest-paid Kent university graduates are the Data professionals at $35,000. Read More on Jobs for International Students in UK

Top Kent University Graduates and Alumni salaries are as follows:

DegreeAverage Salary
MBA$115,000
LLM$107,000
Master (Other)$68,000
Masters in Management$67,000
Bachelor (Other)$64,000
PhD$61,000

University of Kent Alumni

The University of Kent is home to over 181,000 alumni in 180 countries. Some of these notable Kent alumni are:

  • AlanDavies- Comedian, and Actor
  • Gavin Esler- Journalist 
  • Ellie Goulding- Award-winning singer and songwriter
  • Sir Kazuo Ishiguro OBE- Author and Nobel Prize in Literature winner
  • E.L. James- Author
  • Tom Wilkinson- Actor

Former students are entitled to a range of benefit from Kent:

  • Career help services are available up to 3 years after graduating from Careers and Employability Services.
  • When a student returns to study a full-time course at Kent, a 10% discount on tuition fee for the first year is granted.
  • Students can join Templeman Library under the external borrow scheme and borrow up to 10 books at a time for only 30 Euros for 3 years,
  • Library membership is also available at Drill Hall Library. Borrow up to 7-day loan items at a time for 50 Euros a year.
  • Discounted membership at the sports center.
  • Alumni access is available at The Venue-University’s Nightclub. An expired student ID card and government ID proof is all that is required.

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University of Kent Overview

Student Population17369
Average Cost of Attendance$19,270 / Year

Attendance Cost

$19,270

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$19,270 / Year
Post Graduate Program$19,530 / Year

University of Kent Rankings

Started with some 500 students and 150 staff in 1965, the University of Kent has grown today to an institution serving 20,000 students and over 4,000 staff. Kent ranks among the best universities in UK according to three leading national league tables- The Guardian University Guide, The Times Good University Guide and The Complete University Guide.

Kent is awarded Gold, the highest rating in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework offering outstanding teaching, world-leading research, safe and welcoming study locations and superb student experience.

University of Kent Global Rankings

It is one of the top-ranking public universities in UK ranking at #380 according to QS Global World Rankings 2021. The university first entered the QS Rankings List in 2012 at #383. The university has seen some major changes in its world rankings.

University of Kent- QS World Ranking

According to rankings provided by Times Higher Education Kent ranks #351-400 in the World University Rankings 2020.

YearTHE World University Rankings
2016301-350
2017301-350‌ 
2018301-350‌ 
2019351-400
2020351-400

Both QS Top Universities and Times Higher Education have provided Kent with good scores for its international outlook, one of the ranking criteria. THE gave a score of 91.6 in international outlook while QS gave a score of 97.8 for international faculty and 59.4 for international students.

According to US News and World Reports, the University of Kent is ranked #584 in Best Global Universities and #47 in Best Global Universities in the United Kingdom.

University of Kent- Graduate Employability Rankings

According to QS, University of Kent ranks at #301-500 in the Graduate Employability Ranking 2020. The university saw a decrease in its ranking from #201+ in 2017 to #301-500 in 2020. The ranking is based on factors such as graduate employment rate, partnerships with employers, employer reputation, alumni outcomes, employer-student connection. The university scored between 15.8- 27.5.

University of Kent- THE Europe Teaching Ranking 2019

With an overall score of 71.4-67.6, the University of Kent ranks #51-75 in THE Europe Teaching Ranking 2019. The results for THE Europe Teaching Ranking is based on THE European Student Survey that receives responses from 125,000 students across 18 countries.

The ranking measures student outcome, diversity of institutions’ environments, resources at the university that help to teach effectively. The chart below shows the scores earned by the University of Kent in the rankings.

University of Kent Ranking Criteria for THE Europe Teaching Criteria

University of Kent- MBA Rankings

With over 25 years of experience, Kent Business School is a leading business school in UK. The business school ranks not only for the standard of teaching but also for student satisfaction.
Kent Business School attracts high profile industries such as Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council. Kent MBA ranks #151-200 in the Global MBA Rankings by QS in 2020. In the United Kingdom, Kent MBA ranks #51-60.

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    RANKED  #380

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    College rating

    based on 2 students ratings

    8.3/10

    8.5/10academic
    9/10infrastructure
    9/10placements
    9/10faculty
    9/10extracurricular
    5/10accommodation

    Reviews

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    Adriana azmi, MALAYSIA International business
    University of Kent
    Current student , Batch : 2021
    7.2
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    UNIVERSITY

    Exposed to people from different parts of the world while receiving quality education. I wanted to experience true university life in a foreign country. Also, the university has a good reputation for the course I am taking.


    Course Curriculum - 

    The course has been taught with a good structure and I've learned a lot of different aspects of business from marketing to business analysis. It has truly widen my scope. This course has been very informative when it comes to business.

    7 /10
    academic
    8 /10
    faculty
    8 /10
    infrastructure
    4 /10
    accomodation/food
    8 /10
    placement
    8 /10
    extracurricular
    21, Mar 2019 read more
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    Rishita, OMAN Forensic science
    University of Kent
    Current student , Batch : 2021
    9.3
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    UNIVERSITY OF KENT REVIEW

    Forensic science is a course which intrigues me and due to a personal walk in crime scene investigation. My interest in the field increased even more. I personally think this subject is now becoming demanding.


    Course Curriculum - 

    It's great. They teach us all the required skills by time. The lecturers have more than the required knowledge to answers all our doubts and problems. They are well-experienced people. All the modules for my course are compulsory.

    10 /10
    academic
    10 /10
    faculty
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    infrastructure
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    accomodation/food
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