The School of Engineering and Digital Arts is recognised both for the quality and impact of its research and the exciting range of undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities on offer. Forward-looking and culturally diverse, the synergy between our research and teaching is key to the quality of our education provision.
Established over 40 years ago, the School of Engineering and Digital Arts has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments.
Our students benefit from an environment which supports world-class research and excellent teaching. We have an enviable track record of achievement in enterprise-led activity including nurturing strong partnerships with academic and industrial organisations in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
We are committed to developing employable, ethical and responsible graduates. We strive to impact positively on contemporary issues, recognising that the unique blend of technological and design expertise within the School is at the forefront of the needs of 21st-century society.
Supportive student environment
As a School we are relatively small and this ensures that staff and students work in a friendly environment, offering an inspiring and challenging student experience.
The innovative nature of our programmes allows you to fully explore the boundaries of engineering, technology and digital media while using your imagination to express your knowledge and creativity.
We provide an excellent environment for your studies making it easy for you to access the resources you need to fulfil your potential. At the School of Engineering and Digital Arts you have access to the very latest, state-of-the-art facilities synonymous with a successful research university. Our excellent technical support and facilities play a vital role in our teaching and our research.
The School is equipped with cutting-edge resources, equipment and facilities. These include four air-conditioned computer suites, 120-seat engineering laboratory, professional CAD development software, PCB and surface-mount facilities, mechanical workshop, Matlab for system modelling, 3Dmd 3d imaging scanner, VICON Infrared Motion Capture System, anechoic chamber and antenna characterisation.
We also have the latest versions of professional software packages such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Maya, Unit3D and 3ds Max.
Taught by staff with both academic and industrial experience, our innovative programmes are based on leading-edge research topics, vital in a field that advances so quickly. They combine theory with practical and project work, so that you turn ideas into real systems and designs.
You benefit from a diverse range of teaching, both in terms of research interests and professional backgrounds. Lecturers include academics with years of experience in university teaching and research, and industry practitioners with extensive commercial experience.
The lecturing has been brilliant and I’ve learned so much.
The School of Engineering and Digital Arts' high-quality topical research has had significant national and international impact, and our expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. We consistently win funding from UK research councils, European research programmes and government agencies.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), research by the School of Engineering and Digital Arts was ranked 21st in the UK for research intensity. Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff support a high level of research activity. We have a thriving student population studying in a friendly, supportive teaching and research environment.
We promote innovative and interdisciplinary research and host three research groups:
The School of Engineering and Digital Arts equips you with the essential skills for
a successful career. As well as enhancing your professional skills, we also
develop your transferable skills such as communication, teamwork,
problem-solving and computer literacy.
As the fields of computer technology, telecommunications and consumer electronics evolve rapidly, our graduates have found employment in varied careers such as developing the next generation of mobile telephones, creating animated human models and employing computer-based techniques in a hospital environment. Many graduates also extend their studies by registering for MSc and PhD programmes.
Our digital technology graduates have found employment in graphic design, 3D modelling and animation, multimedia marketing, post-production, web development, computer programming, e-commerce, software development and telecommunications.
We have an Employability Officer who has developed a programme of seminars on employability, workshops and opportunities to meet with employers and gain work experience. Our links with business locally, nationally and internationally provide excellent year in industry opportunities. We also hold events within the School where you can meet potential employers and our Digital Media Hub gives our digital media students the chance to gain real-world commercial experience.
It is a great course, because it gives you a taste of everything.
A kite mark of our global distinction and rigorous academic teaching is reflected in our accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Our accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
An accredited degree provides you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and
skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered
Engineer (CEng). Some employers
recruit preferentially from accredited degrees and an accredited degree is
likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to
international accords. Our programmes in Computer
Systems Engineering and Electronic and Communications Engineering provide a broad grounding in these fields.
Engineering Programmes at Kent have been continuously accredited by the IET for over 30 years. The School of Engineering and Digital Arts is an IET Academic Partner.
The School has several visiting industrial professors who contribute to the strong industrial relevance of our programmes.
We are based at the Canterbury campus. Recently refurbished, the Jennison Building is located in a beautiful setting adjacent to woodland and a pond, with plenty of spaces to study and relax. Everything you need on campus is within walking distance, including a general store, a bookshop, bank, a medical centre and a pharmacy. You can go off campus to explore the city's medieval buildings, historic pubs and an array of shops. London is just an hour away by train.
*The University of Kent's Statement of Findings can be found here.