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Division for the study of Law, Society and Social Justice


About the Programme

The University of Kent is outward looking and forward-thinking, with academic staff who are leaders in their field, outstanding facilities and award-winning student support. Our interdisciplinary programmes are designed to help you sharpen your focus and take a step up in your career. In these challenging times, Kent’s an ideal place for postgraduate study.


The Division or the study of Law, Society and Social Justice

The Division covers a wide range of subjects, each School their own subject-specific research culture and a strong tradition of interdisciplinary research. 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 Centre at the Brussels School of International Studies.


Postgraduate programmes

A research Master's degree is studied over one year full-time while a PhD involves extended study over three or four years. We also offer a selection of conversion programmes within the division to develop your skills and improve your career prospects.


The division consists of the following Schools:

Kent Law School

Kent Law School is a dynamic and cosmopolitan place to study a variety of taught (Master's/LLM) and research degrees (LLM by Research and PhD) with an international and contemporary focus.

You are immersed in a culture of critical research within the School, which is widely regarded as a centre of excellence in legal research and training.

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Our programmes offer you specialist knowledge in your chosen area of social science and an advanced level of skills. Some programmes can be taken at Diploma or Certificate level before proceeding to Master’s level. Working professionals may be interested in the programmes we offer via distance learning.

All postgraduate students have access to office space with computing facilities. PhD students may have the opportunity to teach part-time within the School

Centre for Journalism

Postgraduate programmes in the Centre for Journalism give you the chance to research and learn in an environment that instils excellence in the practice of convergent, multimedia journalism. The range of professional interests in the Centre means we can offer wide scope for research supervision.

The Centre is professionally accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and has work placement and scholarship agreements with partners including Sky News, Associated Newspapers and the Kent Messenger Group. See our professional recognition page for more information.


Multimillion-pound postgraduate scholarship fund

We offer a range of funding opportunities, these include taught and research student scholarships, location-specific awards, and funding specifically for students who pay overseas fees. We also have doctoral training partnerships with several bodies, these include the UK Research Councils.


Open Days

Review our On-Demand Virtual Open Event and find out how you can pursue your passion at Kent. Watch presentations from specialist academics and admissions staff about postgraduate study.

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Contact Details

For further information on all taught and research programmes, our postgraduate prospectus is available to download or you can request a copy.

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

·      +44 (0)1227 764000


·      @UniKent

· of Kent

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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