School of Economics

About the School

MSc studentsOur Taught Master's programmes offer a combination of excellent training in core economics with the opportunity to specialise in areas such as finance, econometrics and development, as well as the skills to work as an economist at a senior level.

Economics at Kent has a thriving research culture and a cosmopolitan academic community. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 85% of our staff were submitted and 84% of their research was judged to be of ‘international quality’ or better. Much of the policy impact we claimed was judged to be ‘very considerable or outstanding’.

The School also scores highly in student satisfaction surveys and, in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018 (PTES), our performance placed us in the top quarter in the UK in the areas of 'Teaching & Learning' (92% satisfaction) and 'Engagement' (81% satisfaction). Overall we achieved an 88% student satisfaction rate.

MSc students in a seminarCurrently we have 37 academic staff, with 30-40 MSc and 40-50 PhD students, which has the benefit of a good community for interaction between students but also means that each student receives a good deal of individual attention in classes and workshops, and we offer excellent facilities for research.

Our staff members serve as academic advisers and experts to UK and international agencies, including the World Bank, the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UK Treasury, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the UK Food Standards Agency.

Our postgraduate student community is global with approximately half the students originating from outside the UK and Europe, including Africa, China, India, the Middle East and the West Indies. There are also a number of different nationalities represented within the academic staff. You will be able to integrate into this multicultural environment and build a future international professional network.

The cosmopolitan community reflects our outlook and our international partnerships and research collaborations; we have strong links with universities in Germany, Bulgaria, France and China. Economics staff teach on the postgraduate courses provided by the University Kent at Brussels.

Economics SeminarAll teaching is research led and our School has consistently high ratings in national surveys for both teaching and research.

The School is ranked highly in national student surveys and national newspaper league tables. We are also ranked consistently in the top 10% of European economics schools within RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) for citations and downloads from its library of over 800,000 research items in economics.

We have two specialised research centres within the School – the Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS) and the Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC), plus an active Microeconomics Research Group.

Templeman libraryThe School of Economics is located in Keynes College on the Canterbury campus. The School provides rooms specifically for use by MSc students, equipped with computers, printers and network points for laptops, plus whiteboards and open space for discussion and joint working. The great majority of MSc teaching takes place in the building where the School is based.

Economics has an excellent resource in the University's Templeman Library; there are 48,000 books, 100 print subscriptions and 1,400 online journals in the subject area, plus access to a vast number of news sources worldwide through Nexis. The online journals include the Elsevier collection and the two major Ebsco collections.

Woolf College on the Canterbury campus is dedicated to postgraduates and combines accommodation, and academic and social space.

Academic advisers

All Master's students within the School are allocated an academic adviser who is your first point of reference for advice, support and guidance during your studies. Each student is also allocated a supervisor for the MSc dissertation, who can advise on data and provide comments on methodologies and the written material.

Skills training

Taught students have access to a wide range of skills seminars run by the University that are aimed specifically at final year undergraduate and masters’ degree students, covering areas such as time management, coping with the reading load, preparing dissertations and career development. The Graduate School runs a Global Skills Award for masters students.


Campus with Cathedral viewThe School of Economics is based on the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus, 60 minutes from London and 30 minutes from ferry, Eurostar and Channel Tunnel links to mainland Europe. The University was founded in 1965 and today has 16,000 students, including more than 1,500 postgraduates, from over 120 different nationalities. Graduation ceremonies take place in the historic setting of Canterbury Cathedral.

The Canterbury campus

The University campus is located in 300 acres of parkland overlooking the city of Canterbury. Modern buildings are surrounded by open green spaces, courtyards, gardens, ponds and woodland.

Kent offers a comprehensive range of services for all students; the Canterbury campus is self-contained and all facilities are within walking distance.

School of Economics, Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NP

Undergraduate enquiries: +44 (0) 1227 827497, Postgraduate enquiries: +44 (0) 1227 827440 or email us

Last Updated: 04/12/2018