PhD degrees, world-leading research and scholarship funds at Kent

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PhD degrees, world-leading research and scholarship funds at 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.

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 Kent’s research and innovation activity is a commitment to delivering significant cultural, social and economic benefits to communities regionally, nationally and internationally. With wide-ranging research strengths – recognised in the 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. These include:

ARIES – Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences

CHASE – Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England

EPSRC – The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

SeNSS – South East Network Social Sciences

SoCoBio – South Coast Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership

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.


Postgraduate research study is offered at our UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway, both within easy reach of London.

Join our postgraduate community and discover where it could take you.

Who is eligible to apply?

UK, EU and International students

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