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Postgraduate students

Welcome from the Graduate School!

What to do now

All new students need to complete online enrolment as soon as possible. Part of this process involves uploading a photograph for your student ID card.

To enrol, you need your Kent ID number. This will be sent to you via a 'How to enrol' message in your KentVision intray. You will be sent an email to let you know when this message appears in your intray. Please do not attempt to enrol until you have received your Kent ID number.

Arrival information

If you're starting in September, take a look at our Arrivals information for the Canterbury and Medway campuses

Induction events

The Graduate School arranges a special programme of events for all new taught and research students arriving in September. 

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Taught students: things to do

  • Attend the relevant inductions and the Postgraduate Information Fair
  • Make sure you receive a copy of your School’s postgraduate handbook
  • Meet your school’s Postgraduate Administrator
  • Find out who the Director of Graduate Studies is within your academic school 
  • Register with the Graduate School’s Global Skills Award Programme
  • Find out the name of your academic liaison librarian and visit the library to discover the resources available in your subject area.

Research students: things to do

  • Attend the relevant inductions and the Postgraduate Information Fair
  • Make sure you receive a copy of your School’s postgraduate handbook
  • Make sure you receive a copy of your School’s postgraduate handbook
  • Read the University regulations for students and familiarise yourself with the academic regulations for researchers and the Codes of Practice
  • Set up an initial meeting with your supervisor
  • Check with your main supervisor if there are any taught courses your need to attend
  • Meet your school’s Postgraduate Administrator
  • Find out who the Director of Graduate Studies is within your academic school
  • Register with the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme booking system
  • Find out the name of your academic liaison librarian and visit the library to discover the resources available in your subject area
  • Ask when your academic school holds research seminars and make arrangements to attend.

Teaching or demonstrating for the first time?

You should:

  • attend an ‘Introduction to University Teaching’ session organised by the Graduate School.
  • find out who the module convenor is for the modules on which you will be teaching or demonstrating to ensure that you meet with them to discuss the module plan for the academic year.
  • find out who is responsible for supporting and overseeing the work of research student teachers and demonstrators within your school.
  • refer to Annex Q (Research Student Teachers and Demonstrators) of the Code of Practice for Quality Assurance for Research Programmes of Study. 

Stay in touch!

Email

We'll be keeping in regular contact with you by email, so it's vital that you set up your Kent IT Account as soon as possible and check your emails on a regular basis. We'll be sending you a weekly e-bulletin and a weekly skills email to keep you up to date with upcoming skills and research workshops.

Post

Mail will be sent to you at your local address or to your academic school, so make sure you know where your pigeonhole is located! You must ensure that the University has your current local address as well as your home address. You can check this and make changes via your online student record

Term dates

Welcome Week
16-20 September 2019

Autumn term
23 September-13 December 2019

Spring term
13 January-3 April 2020

Summer term
4 May-20 September 2020

Research students

We would expect you to study throughout the whole year, for at least 35 hours per week, and take holidays (normally 30 days over the year) as agreed with your supervisor. There is only one term; the dates of the term coincide with the academic year, 16 September 2019 – 20 September 2020.

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