For taught programmes, your mode of study is defined by the programme type, course content and your academic supervisor. At Kent, you can study full-time, part-time or by distance learning. Before you choose a programme, check the course page or use our course search and filter by study mode to see your options.
Full-time / part-time
Full-time study allows you to focus solely on your postgraduate programme. Similar to undergraduate level, you spend the majority of your time in seminars, lectures and completing practical work and independent learning tasks. It is a popular method for students progressing directly from an undergraduate degree.
Part-time taught programmes generally take twice as long as full-time programmes to complete, but they also allow you to work throughout your studies. Studying part-time can also help you to enhance your career prospects while remaining with your employer.
The University does not sponsor international students for part time programmes or part time mode of study. A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) will only be issued for full time programmes/mode of study.
If you require immigration permission as a Student to study in the UK, you will only be able to study full time.
At Kent, it is possible to start some taught postgraduate programmes in January. This gives you more opportunities to apply for postgraduate funding and the flexibility to begin your studies without waiting for entry in September. If you're applying straight after completing your undergraduate degree, our January intake allows you more time to consider what you want to study.
Taught taster and short courses
We know that not everyone is confident about embarking on a full Master’s, or perhaps you would prefer to study shorter courses.
Kent has a range of options including the taster courses taught online, as well as stand-alone modules including Child Protection by distance learning and International Studies taught at our specialist centre in Brussels.
Kent offers a number of postgraduate qualifications in alternative delivery formats. Some of our programmes are purely online distance learning and others incorporate study days at one of our campuses. Support is always available from your tutors and the University. The main advantage is that you have the flexibility to plan your study around work or family commitments.
The University does not sponsor international students for distance learning programmes. Should you be required to come to the UK for study related purposes for a short period, you should be able to apply/enter as a Visitor.