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Undergraduate Profile: University of Kent

The University of Kent is a leading research-intensive university. Kent scored 91% for overall satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey, the third highest score, and students consistently rate Kent as one of the best student experiences in the UK. 

Kent was ranked 20th in the UK in the 2015 Guardian University Guide and maintained its Top 30 position in the Times Higher Education ‘Tables of Tables' for the second year running. Kent’s academics produce world-leading research and were ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity in the Research Excellence Framework which confirmed their position as one of the UK's leading research universities.

The interior of the Gillingham Building at Medway campus

The interior of the Gillingham Building at Medway campus 

They say:

“Known as the UK’s European university, Kent offers many opportunities to study and work abroad. With our main campuses in Canterbury and Medway, Kent offers academic excellence and a superb student experience. We offer a wide range of excellent courses, spanning the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities at our Canterbury and Medway campuses and have a cosmopolitan community with students of all ages and nationalities.”


Total number of students: 19,079
Undergraduate full-time: 14,870
Undergraduate part-time: 543

Established:  1965

Famous Alumni:  Alan Davies, Gavin Esler, Charlotte Green, David Mitchell

Interesting fact: The university started in 1965 with 500 students and 150 staff on the Greenfield (and rather muddy) site. The University of Kent has grown today into an institution of over 19,000 students and over 3,000 staff.

Undergraduate Study

At Kent, our graduates do more and earn more.

• Our graduates are better prepared and more attractive to potential employers.
• Our Careers and Employability Service  is free and available even when you graduate.
• We offer lots of opportunities to gain work experience, including a year in industry.
• You can study abroad for a year or a term providing international opportunities.
• Kent can help you develop enterprise skills and business ideas, regardless of your chosen subject.
• Our graduates are consistently in the top 20 for starting salaries.


As a highly regarded UK university, Kent provides a dynamic and challenging academic environment and has an excellent international reputation for collaborative research with universities around the world.  

Kent is known as “the European university” and this is demonstrated through our specialist postgraduate centres in Brussels, Athens, Rome and Paris and academic partnerships across Europe.

Students relaxing at The University of Kent

The Gulbenkian Cafe Bar is a great place to relax after a long session at the Templeman Library


Generally £9,000 a year for a BA or BSc (Hons).


Kent offers a range of accommodation for over 5,000 students. At Canterbury, it offers college accommodation and self-catering houses and flats in its student village, Park Wood, which is within walking distance of the main campus. At Medway, there is new state-of-the-art accommodation at Liberty Quays a riverside development adjacent to the main campus. There is also a range of accommodation offered by private landlords.

Students relaxing

The Medway Campus a lovely view of a nearby dockyard


Canterbury: The Templeman Library, at the heart of the Canterbury campus, provides a wealth of resources and services to support your studies. The Library's extensive print and online collections are specifically aimed at supporting the courses and subject areas taught at Kent.

Medway: The rapidly expanding library collection is well stocked with printed books and journals, and provides access to a range of electronic information. As a Kent student, you can also access additional resources through University of Kent Library Services.


The 300-acre Canterbury campus, founded in 1965, lies just over a mile from Canterbury City Centre. It is a vibrant and friendly campus with an excellent social life and superb academic and leisure facilities, including a nightclub, cinema, theatre and sports centre.

The Medway campus is only 30 miles from London and has an amazing range of buildings and high-tech facilities. Medway also has a buzzing social life and a brand new, Olympic-standard sports and leisure centre just a few minutes’ walk from the campus.

Known as 'The Garden of England', Kent is well known for its beautiful greenery

Students say

"Kent has improved my employment prospects greatly. I have learnt a lot by studying at Kent. Coupled with the year I had abroad working for HSBC, I feel I am in a much better position in terms of being employable than I was three years ago."

Alex Alferovs, BSc (Hons) Computer Science with a Year in Industry


Address: The Registry, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ
Phone: 01227 827272
Email: information@kent.ac.uk
Website: www.kent.ac.uk