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.

Supportive environment

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.

World-leading research

Research intensity reflects the work of the entire research community at Kent. That's why we're so proud to be rated in the Top 10 for research intensity in The Complete University Guide 2020

Our research activities and international collaborations with external organisations create knowledge that has demonstrable impact across a range of disciplines. 


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

Kent’s Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) facilitate funding opportunities, specialised training and placements to funded and non-DTP-funded postgraduates.  

New starters

Welcome to Kent and our postgraduate community. The useful information links will help you familiarise yourself with the Postgraduate Research Student Handbook, the Kent Student Guide and further information about the Graduate and Researcher College.    

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