The School of Biosciences combines high quality teaching with inspirational lecturers, cutting-edge research and world-class facilities with a stimulating environment, where your knowledge, skills and confidence will grow.

The School of Biosciences scored 100% in the Research Excellence Framework of 2021, putting their research in the 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent' categories.

The School has a 93% continuational rate in the Guardian University Guide of 2022.

Our vision

Within our School, we are proud of our collaborative approach. Our friendly and supportive atmosphere encourages everyone to contribute and reach their full potential. At Kent, academics, researchers and students are all part of the same close-knit scientific community. We welcome staff and students from all over the world and have a strong commitment to equality and diversity within everything we do. Together we create success.

Inspirational teaching

We aim to inspire enthusiasm and enhance understanding. Our staff are skilled at bringing their subject to life and putting you in touch with the latest research. All postgraduate and final-year undergraduate students are taught by academics with research experience in the area being studied. 

Our emphasis on problem solving and laboratory work allows you to develop a confidence that can extend well beyond your studies, allowing you to tackle new and unfamiliar challenges. This aspect of our teaching has proved to be popular with many employers and we have an outstanding record for graduate employment.

Supportive student environment

In 2018 Kent won the Outstanding Support for Students category at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards – for the second year running. Here in the Division of Natural Sciences we have our own student support team who are here to help you realise your potential, by offering advice on any pastoral, personal health and welfare concerns. You also have access to mentors and a personal academic adviser, and we can offer extra individual support by working closely with the central Student Support and Wellbeing team.

When you start at Kent, we hold ‘meet and mingle’ events within the School, which give you a chance to settle into life here and meet your new fellow students. You can also join – or even set up – a student-run society, which provides a great opportunity to meet up with those who share your passion for science.

Vivian Moreno

I've now accepted a research role at Yale Cancer Biology Institute in New Haven, Connecticut.

Support for equality and diversity

In Biosciences, we are working hard to create a welcoming, supportive and diverse community for all our staff and students. We are committed to supporting all staff and students to develop their skills and realise their potential more effectively, to the benefit of everyone. 

You can find more information on the University Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity homepage.

Research excellence

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2022, 100% of our submissions were rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. This sees an increase in its overall GPA to 3.24 from the previous REF in 2014.

We currently have over 20 research groups and attract funding from sponsors including Horizon2020, the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, the Gates Foundation and UK research councils. We also have joint projects with a wide range of companies, research institutes, other universities and the NHS. 

Our research benefits all our students and we offer many opportunities to take part, for instance, during final-year undergraduate or postgraduate research projects, summer internships, or by joining the lab apprenticeship scheme. 

Professional accreditation

All our undergraduate and taught postgraduate degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). Our undergraduate sandwich degrees have advanced accreditation, in recognition of an extended period of professional practice. This gives you, and potential employers, reassurance about the relevance and quality of your degree. 

Our undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Science are also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Accreditation by two professional bodies allows us to support our graduates in whatever direction they choose to take their career.

Employability

The School has excellent links with many local employers, as well as companies throughout the UK and mainland Europe. These links are a key component of our sandwich placement degrees and supported by a full-time Employability Officer.

The School also benefits from having close working relationships with KMMS (Kent and Medway Medical School) and the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. These links allow our students to utilise the facilities for practical sessions, such as live video surgery.

Elizabeth Edrich

If I don’t go on to do a PhD, I’d like to do something scientific such as work for a pharmaceutical company. I’m also considering scientific insurance.

State-of-the-art facilities

The School has excellent teaching and research laboratories. Research capability is supported by three research facilities (Biomolecular Science, Biological NMR and Cell Image Analysis) with an impressive range of equipment including high-definition mass spectrometry, 600 MHz NMR spectroscopy, and super-resolution confocal microscopy.

The School also has specialist equipment in fast reaction kinetics, fermentation, anaerobic sample handling, automated sample handling and class 3 containment.

Student in a lab working with multiple large blue pipets

Great location

Biosciences is based on our Canterbury campus with its first-class academic and leisure facilities. We are equipped with the latest resources and our beautiful setting offers plenty of tranquil spaces to study and relax.

Everything you need on campus is within walking distance, including a general store, a bookshop, bank, cinema, theatre, a medical centre and a pharmacy. You can go off campus to explore the city's medieval buildings, historic pubs and an array of shops; visit the seaside towns of Whitstable, Margate or Broadstairs with their beautiful beaches, or head to London, just an hour away by high-speed train.