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  • International Fees From

    £17,400 UG

  • World Ranking

    351-400th in Times HE
    501-600th in Shanghai

  • Students

    15,000 UG
    2,000 PG

  • International


  • Employability


  • Accommodation

    from £128.17 p/w

The Registry, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ, United Kingdom

University of Kent is based in Canterbury, just over 60 miles south east of London. Canterbury is about 6 miles from the coast. The population of Canterbury is just over 40,000. The nearest major international airport to Canterbury is Gatwick which is 66 miles away and accessible via M2 motorway. The lowest average temperature in and around Canterbury is 3 degrees in January. The highest average temperature is 22.5 degrees in July.

  • History

    Kent became a university in 1965. It calls itself the ‘UK’s European university’ and has 7 locations across europe. As well as 2 UK campuses and 1 centre, it also has 4 european centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome offering programmes that draw on these cities’ strengths as sites of cultural, political and historic significance. Many of the university’s programmes offer dual UK and European qualifications.


    Based on the Canterbury campus itself, the university owned accommodation houses over 4,000 students. The Canterbury campus is about 30 minutes walk from Canterbury city centre. On the Medway campus the Liberty Quays accommodation complex is just over half a mile from the campus. Liberty quays has its own supermarket and bistro. There is a free term time shuttle bus operating between the 2 campuses, it runs 7 days a week and the last bus leaves at midnight.


    Kent is ranked between 351-400th in the Times Higher Education World rankings. It is ranked between 501-600th in the Shanghai Jaio Tong rankings and is not a member of the Russell Group of universities.

    Kent is ranked 62nd in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.


    Kent currently has over 3,000 international students studying at the university from over 140 countries, representing approximately 15.5% of the total student body.

    Pathway entry for international students – NCUK offers foundation courses leading to degree course entry at Kent.

    For more information, please visit Pathway & Foundation page.


    Kent has over 15,000 undergraduate students and over 2,000 postgraduate students.


    95.1% of Kent’s graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source:HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.


    Kent has 2 campuses. The main campus, where the majority of courses are taught, is in Canterbury and there is another campus in Medway and a centre in Tonbridge focused on part time study options.

    The Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of parkland and is half-an-hour’s walk from Canterbury city centre. The campus is home to sports and social facilities including a theatre, cinema and nightclub. The Canterbury campus accommodates over 4,300 students in rooms, flats and houses.

    The Medway campus is based about 30 miles away, and is about 30 miles from London. It too has on campus accommodation and Medway Park is a multi-sport, facility, located near to the campus. Kent students receive preferential rates to use its sports halls, pools, squash courts, health suites and athletics track.
    There are over 150 sports clubs and societies running at Kent.


    There are many university accommodation options at Kent on the Canterbury campus ranging from self catering, en suite rooms, to bed and breakfast and ‘flex’ meal options. Self catering accommodation runs for 39 weeks per year.

    The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £128.17 per week.

    An example price for part-catered accommodation is £241.64 per week at Becket Court (en-suite rooms). This price includes breakfast and dinner during term time.


    International students
    International undergraduate tuition fee examples – BA or BSc:
    Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £17,400 for Arts & Humanities, Business, and Social Science subjects, and rise to £21,200 for Science & Engineering subjects.

    Subject Areas

    REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.

    • Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
    • Anthropology and Development Studies
    • Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
    • Biological Sciences
    • Business and Management Studies
    • Chemistry
    • Classics
    • Computer Science and Informatics
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • English Language and Literature
    • Geography and Environmental Studies
    • History
    • Law
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Modern Languages and Linguistics
    • Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Politics and International Studies
    • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
    • Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care
    • Social Work and Social Policy
    • Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
    • Theology and Religious Studies

    Online Courses

    Kent offers a range of postgraduate online courses, ranging from certificates and diplomas to MA’s and MSc’s in subjects such as Advanced Child protection, Philanthropic Studies, and Autism Studies.

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