Articulation agreements with Kent

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Articulation agreements

Information for partners, staff and students interested in articulation agreements at Kent

Fostering collaboration and opportunity

The University of Kent has articulation arrangements with institutions around the world where students come directly into Stage 2 or 3 of a pre-approved programme after completion of an agreed period of study at that institution.

Understanding Articulations

Articulation is a formal relationship between two institutions, where students begin their degree programme at their own university before transferring to a pre-approved programme at the University of Kent. These arrangements are commonly referred to as a 3+1 or 2+2 etc. Students following this route will be awarded a Kent degree on completion of their course.

A linked award arrangement is a programme delivered through an articulation agreement with a partner, which is granted separate certification by the University and subsequently the partner institution. Unlike standard dual awards, other than the mapping of equivalence of learning, the two awards are not integrated and the existing Kent award involved is not amended to suit the agreement. The classification of the Kent award is based solely on grades awarded by the University.

Benefits of Articulations

In addition to providing towards the internationalisation of a student's university experience, the collaborative nature of the relationships can also strengthen research partnerships, international academic networks and other types of collaboration. 

Guidance and resources

Information and guidance is provided for partners, staff and students further along this page. If you need additional support, please contact the International Partnerships team. 

Info for Partners

We look forward to welcoming your students to Kent. The links below provide key information including when students should arrive and deadlines for booking accommodation. If you have any questions or need further support, please contact Emma Marku (International Partnerships Officer).

Key information:  


Living and studying in Kent is one of my best experiences ever... (its) a feeling of staying in a big family accompanied by friends, guided by supervisors and helped by schoolmates and teachers.

Xiqi Yang, Electronic & Computer Systems Shanghai Maritime University

Info for students

Application process

Visit our courses page for where information on how to apply can be found. (Be sure to check our 'Current partnerships and agreements' to see what courses you are eligible for)

English Language Requirements

To apply for a course at Kent, you must meet our English language requirements. If you do not meet our requirements, you can apply for our pre-sessional courses which are specially designed to prepare international students for study at Kent. 

Other useful links

Current partnerships and agreements

List of partner institutions with articulation agreements with the University of Kent, including the relating academic school and course at Kent.

Sunway University, Malaysia

School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science

  • BSc Actuarial Science (Stage 2 entry )
  • BSc Actuarial Science with a year in Industry (Stage 2 entry) 

Aix Marseille Universite, France

Kent Law School

  • LLB (Senior Status)

Info for Kent staff

Setting up an Articulation

An assessment is made of the equivalence of the learning undertaken at another institution with that required by a stage or stages of an appropriate programme of study at Kent, with the aim of securing direct entry with advanced standing via an APL protocol for an agreed cohort or cohorts of students form the partner institution to a specified Kent programme.

How long does it take to set up?

Time scales can vary but it is a reasonable expectation that the process may take between six and twelve months before final completion.

For full details of the approval procedure, visit Quality Assurance and Compliance Office

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