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Postgraduate study

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 97% of staff submitted, 74% of our work graded world-leading or internationally excellent, ranked 10th out of 89 English Departments in terms of Research Intensity (THES)


To apply for any of our MA or PhD programmes, please select the relevant degree title within the tabs and click the 'Apply' button. Fee information can also be found on the individual programme pages.


The following information relates to postgraduate funding opportunities within the School of English at both Doctoral and at MA level. Please note that the deadlines vary for the different awards.

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PhD scholarships: CHASE (AHRC) 2017/18

AHRC CHASE Scholarships

The University of Kent is proud to be part of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) which was awarded a £17million Doctoral Training Partnership by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in October 2013. Our partners include The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, and Sussex. SOAS and Birkbeck, University of London joined the consortium as associate members in 2014.

CHASE is one of only 11 UK AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and the partners have committed an additional £10million in studentship funding which will allow CHASE to provide AHRC awards to over 375 PhD students in the arts and humanities across the partner institutions over five years.

CHASE will offer students a wide range of exciting opportunities to gain professional experience, work across institutions and disciplines, and acquire advanced research skills. Further information is available from the CHASE Website

How to apply
New students wishing to be considered for these scholarships must apply for a PhD place at the University of Kent  by 11th January 2017 at the latest. Applicants are advised to discuss their research project with academic members of staff in the relevant schools as soon as possible. Any current PhD students wishing to be considered for AHRC funding should contact their School Director of Graduate Studies (with responsibility for research programmes) to advise them of this as soon as possible or by 11th January 2017 at the very latest. CHASE will fund up to 75 doctoral studentships for admission in 2017.

What happens next?

  • Stage 1: School level
    All applications for PhD study received by relevant schools by 11th January 2017 will be considered for AHRC funding. Candidates shortlisted for the CHASE competition by academic schools will be invited to complete a CHASE application form by Monday 30th January 2017 and interviews are expected to take place w/c 6th February 2017. Candidates will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible following the interviews. Candidates successful at school-level interviews will have their applications submitted to the Kent CHASE Studentship Selection Panel.
  • Stage 2:  Kent level
    The Kent CHASE Studentship Selection Panel will take place towards the end of February 2017 to decide which applications will be submitted to the consortium stage of the competition.
  • Stage 3: Consortium level
    The final Kent shortlist of applications will go forward to the consortium stage of the competition at the beginning of March. Applications will be considered by CHASE selection panels comprising academic colleagues representing all seven CHASE member institutions. All candidates will be informed by Thursday 6th April 2017 about the outcome of their applications.

* Please note that access to the CHASE application forms will only be made available to short-listed candidates.  Guidance on the CHASE application form can be accessed at:
Candidates should ensure that they are readily contactable via email during January and February 2017.

Please click here to read the CHASE Studentship selection criteria for 2017.

PhD scholarships: University 2017/18

The Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships
Kent has established 100 doctoral scholarships to be awarded annually. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential. Scholarships will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils’ rate and administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme, further details of which can be found at:


  • Candidates must hold a good Honours degree (First or 2i) or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent. 
  • The scholarship competition is open to all new postgraduate research applicants.
  • Current Kent research students are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply. Please note that overseas students must have the appropriate documentation to evidence eligibility to work in the UK. Further information can be found at:

Scholarships are awarded to exceptional students. Successful applicants will normally meet all of the following criteria unless both the research proposal and references are exceptional:

  • Distinction at Master's level in a relevant subject
  • Score of 8.0 in IELT test (where applicable) - all PhD scholarship students carry out teaching duties
  • First at undergraduate level if still completing a Master's programme

The deadline by which all eligible research doctoral applicants are guaranteed consideration for funding is 30 January 2017.

Submit a formal application for postgraduate research study at the University of Kent.

For full GTA terms and conditions see the main university scholarship webpages.

For the 2017/18 academic year the School of English is delighted to announce that we will be offering one School of English PhD scholarship with the above terms and conditions. As with the Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship please make your applications by the 30 January 2017.

School of English MA scholarships 2017/18

Successful applicants for any School of English MA programme in the 2017/18 academic year will be automatically considered for the following scholarships:

  • Five School of English MA Scholarships, to cover fees at Home/EU rate with an additional maintenance bursary of £1500
  • One School of English Fully-Funded MA Scholarship, to cover fees at Home/EU rate plus an additional stipend at the standard AHRC rate (2017/18 amount to be announced shortly, the 2016/17 rate was £14,296 per annum)
  • One international scholarship (to cover fees at the international rate)
  • One fee-waiver scholarship for part-time students
  • The Ian Gregor Scholarship, which pays home fees and a £500 bursary for one year’s full-time study
  • Sasha Roberts Scholarship, an award of £2,000

PLEASE NOTE: The purpose of the scholarships is to award candidates with the strongest academic records. The School of English reserves the right to distribute the scholarships amongst candidates in any way that honours that commitment. The University of Kent reserves the right not to allocate the awards if the selection panel identifies no suitable candidates.

All students wishing to be considered for any of the above scholarships must have applied to their MA programme of choice by Friday 24th March 2017. Interviews for the scholarships will take place in early April 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview shortly after the scholarship deadline.

Other MA funding






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Last Updated: 07/04/2017