School of History

Five Reasons to Study History at Kent

  1. Research Excellence & Quality Teaching. The School of History at Kent has established itself as one of the leading departments in the country, with our students taught by world-class academics working at the cutting-edge of their field. The latest national Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 placed the School 8th nationally for Research Intensity, with 70% of our research overall ranked as being world-leading (receiving the maximum 4* rating), or internationally excellent (3*).
  2. Flexible Programmes. Our popular Single Honours programmes in History and Military History are incredibly flexible, allowing students to tailor their degree to their own interests. There are over 70 undergraduate modules available, covering British, Irish, European, American, South Asian and African history. Kent also offers an unparalleled range of Joint Honours degrees, for those wishing to pursue a cross-disciplinary programme.
  3. Student Satisfaction & Community. Over the past five years, the School of History has consistently achieved over 90% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. This represents recognition from current students of our high quality teaching and unique student experience. Our student-led history society helps maintain a vibrant undergraduate community, organising extra-curricular lectures, field trips (most recently to Rome and Vienna) plus a range of social events (including the ever-popular staff vs. students pub quiz).
  4. Campus, Location & Facilities. The School is based at the leafy Canterbury campus, where the medieval city of Canterbury provides a dramatic backdrop to the study of history. As well the University library (housing over one million items) and the British Cartoon Archive, Kent students have privileged access to the Canterbury Cathedral library and archives. High-speed trains link Canterbury to both London and the continent, placing many of the most influential and historic sites in Europe a stone's throw away.
  5. Student Support. The School of History is at the forefront of student support within the University, with many of our pioneering efforts now being adopted by other departments. The school has a policy of 1-on-1 essay return, ensuring high quality feedback, and a Student Support Officer responsible for running workshops and giving guidance to our students. All members of the department keep regular office hours, in which students may visit for further questions and discussion about their studies.

Canterbury Cathedral

The medieval city of Canterbury is the ideal setting for the study of history, with its heritage apparent in its ancient streets and buildings.

Kent is also a unique geographical location for the study of military history, with its significant sites ranging from Roman forts to a Cold War nuclear bunker.



School of History, Rutherford College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Last Updated: 10/02/2016