The School of Economics is a cosmopolitan academic and student community, with a long-standing reputation for world-leading research. We offer an inspiring and challenging environment in which to study, with excellent student satisfaction and graduate prospects.

Key facts


Our research environment was rated as 88% world leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021)


out of the 94 UK Universities to study economics in The Guardian University Guide 2022


of publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent, (REF 2021)


of Economics students were satisfied with their course, according to the National Student Survey 2020

Our vision

Economics can contribute significantly to everyone’s lives. It’s not just about money; economics is used in the everyday choices we make, whether we know it or not. It is economics that provides the methods we use to weigh up alternatives and arrive at a decision. Economics also helps us understand historical trends in order to interpret today’s challenges and make predictions for the future.

At Kent, we provide you with the tools to analyse some of today’s most profound issues, such as poverty, economic growth and development, environmental protection, and public policy issues ranging from gender inequality, education and health through to taxation, financial crises and monetary stability. Our aim is to inspire you to think as an economist, to apply your analytical skills and technical knowledge, in order to understand our ever-changing world, tackle its challenges and ultimately shape a better future. 

Inspirational teaching

Great teachers inspire enthusiasm, provoke debate and encourage students to push themselves further. Whether explaining foreign exchange or discussing game theory, our staff are skilled at bringing their subject to life. They bring real-life examples of their research into their teaching, ensuring it is relevant and up to date.

Supportive student environment

We’ll support you throughout your time at Kent. You’ll be assigned an academic adviser, who will typically stay with you for the duration of your degree. Your academic adviser will help you get the most from your degree programme, discuss general academic issues and be able to refer you to other sources of help if you need it.

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Research excellence

The School has a thriving research community. Our staff produce world-class research, publish regularly in leading academic journals and foster research partnership around the world. We have research strengths in development economics, labour, growth, business cycles, econometrics and agri-environmental economics.

The School has two research centres and two research groups:

Exciting career prospects

Career prospects for Kent Economics graduates are excellent and we are committed to helping you achieve success. It’s important that you not only get a good degree in economics but that you also prepare yourself for life after university. The School offers help and advice on internships and work placements, and there are opportunities to learn a second language or study abroad.

Our degrees not only provide you with excellent economics training but also with many transferable skills such as the ability to communicate effectively, take the initiative, work as part of a team, manage time, plan and organise, analyse information and solve problems creatively. A good grounding in theoretical and applied economics provides you with skills that are highly valued by employers.

Economists are in great demand in business, banking, finance and the public sector, as well as in national governments and international institutions. In terms of future earning potential, there are very few better degrees. Our graduates go on to get good jobs in the private and public sectors, or to further study.


The School moved into the purpose-built Kennedy Building in 2019. Named after Charles Kennedy, the first Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Kent, the building provides a sense of identity and community for the School. Kennedy houses excellent facilities for students and staff, including teaching rooms, social spaces, meeting rooms and an IT suite.     

Our campus is set in a beautiful location on a hill with a view of Canterbury Cathedral and the city. Everything you need is within walking distance, including a general store, a bookshop, a medical centre and a pharmacy. The campus has its own cinema, theatre, music venue, concert hall and student nightclub. There are restaurants, cafés and bars, as well as a sports centre and gym.