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Here at the University of Kent we understand your passion to progress. Whether gaining advanced skills or joining a global academic research community drives you, our networks and facilities will help you achieve your ambition. We inspire each other to do outstanding things at Kent and that, in turn, empowers our PhD graduates to do outstanding things in the world. It’s something we’re very proud of.

Postgraduate PhD degrees

Kent, a top UK and global University, known for its teaching excellence and for the interdisciplinary nature of its programmes and research. We understand that postgraduate students need flexibility, so many of our research degrees offer January, May or September starts.

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Influential Research

Kent’s reputation for world-leading research was confirmed by our outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. Join a community that pushes boundaries, that is ambitious, innovative and intent on making a positive difference to people’s lives. You’ll learn from leading thinkers whose work informs their teaching and who understand what it takes to produce world-leading research.

The impact of Kent’s research spans the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences, with eight subjects ranked in the top ten for research quality. The approach to research at Kent has always been interdisciplinary and collaborative and our signature research themes reflect this.

At the heart of our research and innovation activity is our commitment to delivering significant cultural, social and economic benefits to communities regionally, nationally and internationally. We have wide-ranging research strengths – recognised in our strong results from the REF2021 research evaluation exercise – with particular areas of excellence in:

  • Creativity, Culture and Heritage
  • Cyber Security, Digital Technology and Communication
  • Health, Social Care and Wellbeing
  • Social justice, Inequalities and Conflict
  • Sustainability, Environment and Natural Resources.

Multimillion-pound postgraduate scholarship fund

At Kent, we offer a range of funding opportunities. Kent’s scholarships include full awards to support doctoral researchers and students undertaking a degree at our locations in the UK and Europe. We are also pleased to offer a number of Scholarships to support our international students. Our Research Council doctoral training partnerships give you access to a range of funding and research networks.

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International experience

With a student body representing over 157 nationalities, you can live and learn in a truly diverse international community. There are various global activities and cultural societies that you can get involved with so that you can enjoy your experience on a global scale. Whether you wish to take part in Worldfest, Europe Day or celebrate events such as Holi, Thanksgiving, and Chinese New Year, your international student experience will be completely unique and will equip you for every aspect of your life and career.

All international students can benefit from our free English Language and Academic Skills (ELAS) modules which are designed to help you improve in areas such as English grammar and pronunciation, essay writing and note-taking.

Check out our international webpages for details on how to apply and international events as well as our country webpages to explore requirements specific to the country you have studied in.

Join us at our Open Events – Virtually or on Campus

Our next open event is on Wednesday 16 November, you can book your place here and we’ll send you more information nearer the time. Or feel free to browse our latest on-demand event to get a taster of postgraduate study at Kent.

Our Open Events offer both face-to-face and virtual options, providing an opportunity to meet our staff and current students across our UK and European campuses. We also attend a wide range of events around the world, check our international events page and meet us in person, if you are not from the UK.

Supportive environment

Our Graduate and Researcher College helps to create a caring, stimulating intellectual and social environment. The dedicated team ensures our students have access to the resources they need, including study hubs exclusively for postgrads, running a series of training programmes, workshops and events to help you further develop transferrable and specialist skills to support your research and employability.

Our Researcher Development Programme provides a flexible range of training to expand your research skills and support your professional development for future work

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Postgraduate study is offered at our UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway, both within easy reach of London, as well as at our specialist European centres: the Brussels School of International Studies and the Paris School of Arts and Culture.

Specialist postgraduate centres in Europe

Brussels School of International Studies

Kent is the only UK university to have a postgraduate centre in ‘the capital of Europe’, home to major international organisations such as the EU and NATO and offers postgraduate programmes taught by world-leading academics and experienced practitioners. The School offers a variety of study options and networking opportunities in politics, law and international studies.

Paris School of Arts and Culture

Spending either a full year or a term studying in the heart of this beautiful and historic city, teaching is enhanced by your immersion in a leading centre for European culture. The School offers advanced, flexible Master’s degrees across the arts, including in architecture, history of art, film, and creative writing.


For further information on all taught and research programmes do get in touch, or sign up to our newsletter to receive tailored updates about PG study at Kent. Check out our online postgraduate prospectus.

To speak to a member of our dedicated team, please contact us:

Academic Units

The School of Biosciences is among the best-funded departments of its kind in the UK, with current support from the BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, EU, and industry in excess of £5m.

The School is consistently highly ranked among biological science Schools in the UK and houses a dynamic research community with five major research themes:

• Industrial Biotechnology
• Infection and drug resistance
• Cancer and age-related diseases
• Cellular architecture and dynamics
• Reproduction, evolution and genomics

The School has ca. 40 academic staff, 60 research staff (facility managers, research fellows, postdoctoral researchers and technicians). The School offers a stimulating research environment within internationally recognised programmes, well-equipped laboratories and a broad programme of graduate training.

Our expertise in disciplines such as biochemistry, microbiology and biomedical science allows us to exploit technology and develop groundbreaking ideas in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, protein science, biophysics and computational biology. Fields of enquiry encompass a range of molecular processes from cell division, transcription and translation through to molecular motors, molecular diagnostics and the production of biotherapeutics and bioenergy.

Our research degrees are based around lab-based and computational research projects. PhD study is 3-4 year's, full time, or 5-6 years part time. You'll undertake a single, focused, research project, and attend certain components of our transferable skills modules. You are supervised by a team which comprises your main supervisor(s) as well as supervisory chairs that give independent advice on progression.

Applicants who have private or other funding are welcome to apply at any time provided that the interests of the applicant are in line with the interests and capabilities of the prospective research group. To establish whether a suitable research opportunity exists within the supervisory capabilities of the School, we ask applicants to first consider whether their interests are compatible with one or more areas of our current research: https://www.kent.ac.uk/bio/research/index.html
Applicants are welcome to contact supervisors directly to enquire about PhD opportunities:

Please note that, due to the technical requirements of certain laboratory-based research projects, some projects incur additional research costs to support consumable requirements. Additional research costs are typically in the range of £500-£2,000, though exceptionally these can be as high as £5,000 for resource-intensive research projects.

Applicants must have, or expect to obtain, at least the equivalent of an Upper Second Class Honours Degree, preferably in a Biological, Chemical or Chemical Engineering subject.

Dr Laurienne Edwards,
School Administration Manager,
School of Biosciences, University of Kent,
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NJ
Email: biopgadmin@kent.ac.uk

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The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Kent is a dynamic department achieving national and international excellence in both teaching and research. Information about our research activities can be found at http://www.kent.ac.uk/smsas/research/index.html

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