The Graduate and Researcher College (GRC) supports all postgraduate students and academic and research staff at Kent. We ensure that both academic experience and researcher development are of the highest quality and provide stimulating opportunities to improve your skills, extend your horizons and prepare you for employment, career development and progression.

Key facts


of Kent graduate students who graduated in 2017 were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).

Top 10

for Research Intensity in The Complete University Guide 2020.


of research at Kent was found to be of international quality, in the most recent research rankings (REF 2014).  


Kent was ranked 3rd in the Postgraduate category of the 2018 Whatuni Student Choice Awards.   

Our vision

While academic Schools and Divisions provide postgraduates with first-class teaching, supervision and facilities, the Graduate and Researcher College's focus is on enhancing overall experience. We create a stimulating intellectual environment, provide advanced skills training and give you academic advice and support when you need it. The GRC’s expanded remit now includes supporting our academic and research colleagues in their professional and career development. 

We champion student and staff interests across the University and ensure postgraduate programmes and researcher development training are innovative and distinctive. We listen to your views on current practices and welcome ideas for change.

The Graduate and Researcher College Board is responsible for all aspects of postgraduate education and research, as well as for shaping academic and research staff development. It includes student and staff members, and is one of many forums, including student representative systems in Schools and Divisions and the Researcher Development Advisory Group for staff, where voices can be heard.   

Postgraduates at congregations ceremony in Canterbury Cathedral

Congregations ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral

Skills training

The Graduate and Researcher College organises specialist training for taught and research students, and academic and research staff

The Global Skills Award is a series of lectures and workshops on global issues and is specifically designed to improve employability for taught Master’s students. 

The Researcher Development Programme equips our 'doctoral and early career researchers with a range of skills. It improves your effectiveness as a researcher and helps you to develop competencies that will give you a variety of career and progression options. 

A selection of tailored training and development opportunities are provided for staff to support their academic and research careers. 

Finally, the College also organises specialised advanced training workshops through our Doctoral Training partnerships, which are delivered by world-class researchers from a range of disciplines. 

Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC)

The Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) is supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and serves as the nucleus of doctoral training and research that addresses the challenges of economic development and wellbeing faced by developing countries. The GCDC: 

  • Funds up to ten doctoral studentships annually 
  • Funds postdoctoral researchers 
  • Provides a nucleus for GCRF-focused training activities and interdisciplinary events          
  • Co-ordinates an affiliate student scheme 

UK research councils

Kent cultivates links with relevant organisations nationally and internationally, giving you access to additional funding and helping you to build a network of contacts in your field. We have an excellent track record of securing funds from the UK research councils:   

Doctoral training partnerships

We offer a range of research opportunities across the arts and humanities, social sciences, medical studies, and science and technology. We support your training and development through the following consortia:

Logos of our doctoral training partnership providers

These all provide studentships and a range of training and development opportunities for our postgraduate researchers.