Modes of study

It's important to choose a postgraduate course that fits in with your life. We have different modes of study available to help make postgraduate degrees at Kent as flexible as possible.

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 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. 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 their studies. Studying part-time can also help you to enhance your career prospects while remaining with your employer.

January start

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.

The following taught programmes are available with a January start:

Brussels School of International Studies

Kent Law School

Paris School of Arts and Culture

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

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 at Tonbridge and online, as well as stand-alone modules including Child Protection by distance learning and International Studies taught at our specialist centre in Brussels.

Distance learning

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.

Studying by flexible learning has the benefit of allowing you to develop your career without having to leave employment and many of our programmes incorporate a work-based element. You will be able to apply new knowledge and insights to your working life while you are still studying.