University of Kent

University of Kent

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 doctoral training partnerships 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. 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.

Open Days

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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 research study is offered at our UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway, both within easy reach of London and has great transport links within the UK and Europe.


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 postgraduate prospectus.

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The Department of Economics at Kent has a very solid research tradition and constitutes a perfect research environment. The Department obtained a 4A in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise and is ranked 3rd in the country by the National Students Survey of 2005.

Our main research areas are: Macroeconomics and Econometrics, International Finance and Development, Labour Economics, Trade, Industrial Organisation, Regional Economics and Games.

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Within the School there is a breadth and depth of expertise providing high-quality supervision across a wide range of areas. For further details on the research activities and publications of individual members of staff visit
All postgraduate research students undertake advanced research skills training and have access to office space with computing and printing facilities. Where appropriate, research students are encouraged and supported to gain teaching experience.
Research areas within the School are listed below, if your particular area of interest does not appear, please contact us to discuss further:
Applied Research Ethics and Integrity
Civil Society
Crime, Control and Culture
Gender, Sexuality and Culture
Health, Social Care and Embodiment
Migration, Ethnicity, Religion and Belonging
Risk and Uncertainty
Welfare State
Visual and Sensory
Work, Employment and Economic Life
Social Theory
The University of Kent is part of the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (ARC) established to build on current research strength and develop research training through collaboration and the provision of Fellowships and PhD Studentships.

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