Reasons to choose Economics at Kent
1. Student satisfaction
Student satisfaction with our programmes and the quality of our teaching is consistently high:
- In the National Student Survey 2017, over 88% of final-year Economics students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.
- We are placed 16th overall in The Guardian University Guide 2018
The School also scored highly in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2017 (PTES), achieving an 88% student satisfaction rate. In the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2017 (PRES), 86% of respondents expressed satisfaction with the quality of our supervision and with the research skills they had developed. Overall, we achieved an 81% satisfaction rate, again placing us in the top quarter.
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2. Graduate prospects
The School of Economics has an excellent record for employability; our graduates go on to get good jobs in the private and public secotrs, or further study. For graduate prospects, the School is ranked:
- 6th in the The Complete University Guide 2018
- 7th in The Guardian University Guide 2018
- 16th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
Of Economics students who graduated fro Kent in 2016, 95% were in work or further study within six months (Destinations of First Degree Leavers from HE).
3. Staff who work at the cutting edge
Many of our staff serve as advisers and experts to UK, European and international agencies, including the Bank of England, the World Bank, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the UK Treasury and many others.
4. Research excellence
The School has a long-standing reputation for world-leading research. We are particularly strong in the areas of applied macroeconomics and finance, macroeconomic growth and productivitiy, business cycles, time-series econometrics, applied microeconomics, development, behavioural and agri-environmental economics.
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 Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS), plus the Microeconomics Research Group.
5. Teaching quality
At the School of Economics we pride ourselves in the quality of our teaching and the support offered to students. 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.
6. Choice of programmes
We offer a wide range of 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 management, accounting or law. The School also offers two research degrees in Economics and Agri-Environmental Economics.
7. 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, student mentors, and student representatives.
8. Outstanding campus and location