School of Physical Sciences

Undergraduate Study

The School of Physical Sciences offers a selection of innovative undergraduate programmes in:

Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics

Space science courses

Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics

"The course is fantastic. It is possible to combine astronomy, space science and astrophysics which makes for very interesting courses and excellent project work."

DID YOU KNOW: Physics and Astronomy at Kent was ranked 1st in the UK for students who found employment or went on to further study within 6 months of graduating in 2012

Chemistry

Chemistry courses

Chemistry

"The teachers in the School are highly qualified and have very effective ways of teaching difficult chemistry topics in aninteresting and easily understood way. The level of support is remarkable - the staff truly care about the students and work their hardest to support them through the degree programmes."

DID YOU KNOW: Chemistry at Kent was ranked 7th in the UK for Student: Staff ratio2014 Guardian University Guide

 

Forensic Science and Forensic Chemistry

Forensic courses

Forensic Science and Forensic Chemistry

"The course is a multidisciplinary mix of courses from Physical Sciences, Law and Biosciences, which gives me the chance not only to look at crime scene investigation but study a broader science background."

DID YOU KNOW: 100% of Kent Forensic Science students found employment or went onto further study within 6 months of graduating in 2012

 

Physics

Physics Courses

Physics

"The department is very supportive and there is a good relationship between lecturers and students". "There are a huge number of career options with a degree in physics."

DID YOU KNOW: Physics and Astronomy at Kent was ranked 1st in the UK for students who found employment or went on to further study within 6 months of graduating in 2012

Some of our courses give you the chance to study in the USA, others offer industry placements. We have both BSc and MPhys programmes available as well as a foundation year. The foundation year offers flexible entry routes for those who require additional preparation in Science or English Language.

The University Careers and Employability Service are available at any stage, before, during and after your studies. Their subject specific careers pages are included on the relevant course information tabs above.

For further details about our courses and research, please use the navigation to the right above, or contact us.

Current Student / Alumni and Staff Profiles

The overriding impression from our students is one of a friendly supportive department which gets to know its students and work with them to give them a rich experience.  Both the campus and Canterbury are highly regarded and seen to offer all you need for a great time at University.

 

International Student Profiles

Bsc Forensic Science: Reeya Oogarah

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Older Profiles

 

Vicky Fitzgerald

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Physics - graduate

  • The department gave me the opportunity to work in a research team this last summer which has been amazing. I've had my own project, written a scientific paper and been at the Rutherford Laboratory.
  • The department is very supportive and there is a good relationship between lecturers and students.
  • The number of students is not too large so that we can get to know each other and support each other.
  • They are flexible to allow you to adjust your course if you want to do something different. I started doing Physics with Astrophysics and changed easily to straight Physics.
  • There are a huge number of career options with a degree in physics but having experienced research I'm quite tempted to do this too.
  • The campus has a huge number of sports, cultural and other societies and runs different activities like International night and Mediterranean night.
  • The campus is safe for women and there are measures in place to make sure it is safe which is very reassuring.
  • On campus there is a caring and supportive environment and there is a whole week of settling in and getting to know people in Freshers' Week.

 

Matt West

Forensic Science

  • The course is a multidisciplinary mix of courses from Physical Sciences, Law and Biosciences, which gave me the chance not only to look at crime scene investigation but also study a broader science background to widen the possible careers I can go into.
  • The department is small enough that I know all the staff and they know me.They are a friendly department, and they are very supportive and always keen to help with questions.
  • The students on my course and in the department are very positive and enthusiastic.
  • There is a really good dialogue between the staff and students about changes that we think necessary. They listen and act upon our suggestions which means the course is always improving.
  • The campus is fantastic, cosmopolitan and has a really good mix of students.
  • Canterbury is a great place to live being so near France/London/the sea and there is plenty of reasonably priced accommodation and lots of opportunities for part-time work.

 

Steven Parsons

Physics with Astrophysics - graduate

  • The course was absolutely fascinating, it combines the most interesting topics of astrophysics with the most important topics of modern physics. You really get an overview of the whole of physics and the added advantage of a speciality.
  • The lecturers are always willing to help and discuss the current topics, there is a great relationship between staff and students. Many of them are able to bring the modules to life by bringing enthusiasm and knowledge to tricky subjects.
  • Student life was the greatest experience of my life. It was liberating and a little scary, but that's what makes it worth doing. It was completely different to anything else I had ever done.
  • There is always something going on somewhere on campus which makes it such a unique place. I helped run the Salsa Society one year which was a huge success and great fun.
  • Canterbury itself it a wonderful, picturesque city, it's full of interesting places to visit and socialise. You will never have the same night twice!

 

Laura Bauld

Forensic Science with a Year in Industry

  • Canterbury is a lovely city, there are a great variety of shops, being a student we get discounts in most, and is in walking distance from campus.
  • I chose Canterbury mainly because of the year in industry opportunity to get my foot in the door, to have a year's experience the day I graduate. This degree is very chemistry based as well which is another great asset to have as students here are more likely to be good potential employees in a broader variety of companies.
  • The lectures are great here, the rapport between lecturers and students are great here, they are all very approachable and their doors are always open to us. I am a course rep and they listen to all of our concerns, recommendations, criticisms and help where they can.
  • The department is really friendly, we have our own student room with really good facilities.
  • The Forensic Science course is really well structured, it is interesting, challenging and covers a variety of different disciplines.
  • The student support here is very good.
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School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NH

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Last Updated: 14/05/2014