Research students

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Research students

As a researcher at Kent, you regularly engage with the academic community and research environment of your own academic school. 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're 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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Graduate school 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 researcher development training adheres to the Researcher Development Framework set out by Vitae.

Current research students are encouraged to visit Moodle for more information about training and support available. You can also explore the resources available through Vitae.

Most postgraduate researchers have the opportunity to 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.

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The University of Kent has a multi million scholarship fund to support our taught and research students including funding from the UK Research Council, subject and location specific scholarships, philanthropic awards and discounts 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

 All new postgraduate students are invited to attend a tailored induction led by the Dean of the Graduate and Researcher College. An Information Fair is held in September to welcome new postgraduates to the University and to connect them with our networks and support services.   

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