Postgraduate study is a step up from undergraduate level. Your application must prove you have the ability, passion and commitment for further study in your chosen subject.

Taught / Master's

Most taught degrees begin in September although some may start at other times of the year. Please check when your course starts by looking at the programme's webpage.

There is no fixed application deadline for applications from home/EU students, though we strongly recommend you apply as soon as possible; no later than three months before your intended start date.

For international students, the deadline for applications is 31 July 2020.

Research / PhD

We strongly recommend you contact potential supervisors in the school where you wish to study. This is an important part of the application process as we must be confident that we can provide you with suitable supervision, support, training and facilities. School or staff contact details can be found on the school's website. Alternatively, you can use our 'Find a supervisor' search tool to look up academics.

We also recommend you get in touch with the Director of Graduate Studies in your chosen school to discuss your application and funding options. The University must be satisfied that you have the necessary qualifications and experience to undertake a research degree. Any schools with a different process for PhD enquiries are listed below*.

Kent has three PhD entry dates during the academic year: September, January and May. Entry to Master's by Research is in September only. We encourage PhD students to start in either September or January so you are able to take advantage of our induction programme. 

Although there is no fixed closing deadline for applications to research degrees, we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible and no later than three months before your intended start date. However, if you are seeking funding, you should keep in mind that most scholarship awards will have set deadlines. Please see our scholarship pages for more information.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you should also allow enough time to complete the visa application process. For more information about student visas, visit our country pages.  

To apply, choose your course from our postgraduate course pages and click ‘Apply now’ to be taken to our online application portal, Kent Vision. You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • details of your previous studies
  • a research proposal (usually between 1000-3000 words)
  • contact information for two referees
  • evidence of proficiency in English, where applicable.

Some schools may also ask you to provide an academic writing sample.

It is compulsory for all research students to attend an interview as part of the application process. There is usually the option to do this remotely, for example via Skype or telephone. 

*Kent Business School and School of Economics PhD enquiries

In Kent Business School, entry to all research programmes is in September only. The deadline for PhD applications is 31 July.

Economics PhD applicants should follow the subject-specific guidelines for the application process. You can view this information by clicking on the 'apply now' button on the programme page.

How to apply online

  • Look up your course on our course finder
  • Click on the 'apply' tab and select the programme you wish to study.

You are then taken to an online application form which guides you through the application process. On the application form, you are asked to:  

  • explain your reasons for study/outline your research proposal (for research programmes). This must be a minimum of 100 words and not exceed 2,000 characters.
  • provide details/evidence of your qualifications
  • provide two academic references
  • provide other personal information and supporting documentation.

You can save and return to your application at any time. Please ensure all supporting documents are submitted with your application.

Entry requirements

Students applying for a postgraduate degree must normally have a British first or second class honours degree in a relevant or appropriate subject, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised institution.

However, all applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Please note that each programme of study will have specific entry requirements too. Look up your programme using our course finder and check under the 'Entry requirements' tab.

English language requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

See our English language requirements page for full details.

International students

For specific entry requirements for your country and other relevant information, see the International Student website.

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