Research students

Research Students

As a postgraduate researcher at Kent, you regularly engage with the academic community and research environment of your own academic school and Division. We welcome you into the wider postgraduate community and help you to meet students from other disciplines, forge new friendship groups and support networks, disseminate your research and develop your skills.

Whether you are studying for a PhD or a Master's by Research, the Graduate and Researcher College strives to provide a supportive and vibrant study environment.  

We offer a strong network of specialist support, dedicated postgraduate facilities and innovative programmes of study that combine academic excellence with an exceptional student experience. 

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GRC training

The Graduate and Researcher College coordinates the Researcher Development Programme (RDP), which aims to ensure that postgraduate researchers are highly qualified and employable in a variety of careers.

Our RDP training adheres to the Researcher Development Framework set out by Vitae. We encourage current research students to visit Moodle or Vitae for more information about training and support available. 

Some postgraduate researchers teach in their academic schools, with some research students employed as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs). The University supports you in this role and provides training through a variety of different means.

Funding and scholarships

The University of Kent has a multi-million pound scholarship fund to support students including funding from the UK Research Councils, subject and location- specific scholarships, philanthropic awards, and scholarships for Kent alumni.