Reasons to choose Economics at Kent
1. Student satisfaction
The School of Economics has been ranked highly in the National Student Survey for more than a decade. In 2016 we are ranked 17th, placing us in the top quarter with 92% of our students saying that they were satisfied with their course. We also have high levels of satisfaction in the following categories: 'Teaching on my course' (86%), 'Academic support' (87%) and 'Organisation and management' (87%).
Other league table scores include:
- 7th for graduate prospects and 16th overall in The Guardian University Guide 2018
- 6th for graduate prospects and 8th for research intensity in the Complete University Guide 2018
- 7th for graduate prospects, 13th for teaching quality and 16th for student experience in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.
The School also scored highly in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016 (PTES), achieving an 86% student satisfaction rate, placing us in the top quarter of the UK Higher Education sector. In the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2016 (PRES), 89% of respondents expressed satisfaction with the quality of our supervision and with the research skills they had developed. Overall, we achieved an 86% satisfaction rate, again placing us in the top quarter.
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2. Staff who work at the cutting edge
Many of our staff act as 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.
3. Research excellence
The School has a strong research culture and an international reputation in several fields, particularly applied microeconomics (labour and agri-environmental), quantitative microeconomic theory, macro and microeconometrics and economic development.
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 has two research centres: the Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC) and the European Agri-Environmental Studies Centre (CEAS), plus the Microeconomics Research Group (MRG).
4. Teaching quality
At the School of Economics we pride ourselves in the quality of our teaching and the support offered to students, as demonstrated by our results in national student surveys. Our passion for the subject and research-led approach to teaching helps provide students with a first-class academic experience, as well as building personal skills and enhancing career prospects. Our cosmopolitan academic and student community, coupled with a thriving research culture, creates an inspiring and challenging environment in which to study economics.
5. Choice of programmes
We offer almost 30 single and joint honours undergraduate degrees and seven Master's degrees, which provide the opportunity to specialise in different areas of economics (eg finance, econometrics, agri-environment), study abroad or combine economics with other subjects such as business, accounting or law. The School also offers two research degrees in Economics and Agri-Environmental Economics.
6. A multicultural, cosmopolitan and active student body
Our students come from across the world, including from China, Africa, the USA, south-east Asia and Europe. We have active student committees and societies including an Economics Society, the Kent Investment Society, plus a Student Experience Committee, student mentors, and student representatives.