At Kent we consider all applications on their individual merit and welcome students from Hong Kong with a wide variety of qualifications and experience. Please note that some departments may have slightly different entry criteria.
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We offer two types of foundation programme which enable progression onto a wide range of our undergraduate degrees: the International Foundation Programme (IFP) and 4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year:
- The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is for international students whose school-leaving qualifications are insufficient for direct entry to undergraduate study and/or whose English language standard is below the necessary level. The IFP gives you a year’s preparation in academic subjects, English language and study skills up to the required level for progression onto undergraduate degree study. The IFP is delivered at our Canterbury campus by University of Kent academics and successful completion of the programme provides entry into a wide range of Bachelor degrees in our faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. We offer September and February start dates depending on your chosen pathway and the degree you intend to progress on to.
- We offer 4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year in Actuarial Science, Chemistry, Computer Systems Engineering, Electronic and Communications Engineering, Forensic Science, Mathematics, Pharmacology and Physiology, and Physics. These are designed for students with acceptable English language ability but school-leaving qualifications below the level required for direct entry to an undergraduate degree. Entry to these foundation programmes may require you to have studied specific subjects at high school.
Please note: you only need to take a foundation programme if your qualifications are not suitable for your chosen degree.
“The IFP has helped significantly in my degree studies…”
Read our International Pathways blog and discover how the International Foundation Programme helped students Sarah Fong and Vivian Moreno develop the skills they needed to excel in their undergraduate degrees and progress to postgraduate study.
For entry to a Kent undergraduate degree programme, students from Hong Kong typically need to have completed the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grade 4-5 in at least 3 subjects. These can be a mixture of core and elective subjects, excluding Chinese Language and Liberal Studies, and the following A level equivalencies apply:
If you would like your Mathematics grade to be considered you will need to have completed both the Compulsory and Extended parts.
Applicants will also be considered with one of the following:
- Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) with excellent grades on a case-by-case basis.
- Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE), with the same grade requirements as for UK A Levels
- Higher Diploma/Professional Diploma with a final GPA of at least 3.0 or equivalent. Applicants with very high grades may be considered for 2nd year entry on a case-by-case basis if they have studied similar content to Year 1 of the relevant Kent undergraduate degree.
- Associate Degree (AD) with a final GPA of:
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Applicants with high Associate Degree grades may be considered for 2nd year entry on a case-by-case basis if they have studied similar content to Year 1 of the relevant Kent undergraduate degree.
If you are studying, or have studied, US qualifications such as SATs, ACTs, Advanced Placement tests or an Associate Degree, please see our USA country page for details of the US qualifications we accept.
International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate and A levels
If you are studying, or have studied, the International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, or A levels please see our General entry requirements for details.
We have a standard International Baccalaureate Diploma offer of 34 points across all programmes of study including any specific subjects at higher or standard level required by the particular degree programme. As an alternative to achieving 34 points, for most programmes, the University will also make IB students the offer of passing the IB Diploma with specific achievement in higher/standard level subjects.
IB Career-related Programme (IBCP)
The University welcomes applications from students taking the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). We do not make standard offers for this qualification, however we are happy to advise prospective students based on the component IB courses they are taking as part of the IBCP. For specific advice on grade requirements, please contact us listing the IB courses and additional courses you are taking.
If you have questions about which qualifications we will accept, please email email@example.com for information on our entry requirements and details of how to apply.
For entry to a Kent postgraduate degree programme (Master’s), students from Hong Kong typically need to have completed a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a recognised university. Exact requirements will depend on the postgraduate degree you are applying for and the institution you have studied at.
- For programmes that require a 2:1 we usually ask for a final GPA of 3.0/4.0.
- For programmes that require a 2:2 we usually ask for a final GPA of 2.7/4.0.
Some, but not all, postgraduate programmes require your undergraduate degree to have a related major. Some postgraduate programmes may require work experience in a relevant field or at a certain level.
For details of our MBA programme, please see the MBA course page.
For entry to a Kent PhD programme, students from Hong Kong typically need to have completed a Master’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 at a recognised university.
If you would like to pursue a PhD at Kent, you should visit the relevant department website and our find a supervisor page to identify potential supervisors for your research and thesis. You are encouraged to then make direct contact with the appropriate academic to discuss your research proposal.
The University has three PhD entry dates during the academic year: September, January and May. Entry to a Master’s by Research is in September only.
English language requirements
Applicants will also need to meet University of Kent's standard English language requirements. These are set at a level that meets both the academic needs of the University and the minimum requirements for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
Applicants for the International Foundation Programme or pre-sessional English programmes are required to have a UKVI recognised SELT (Secure English Language Test). These must be taken at one of the UKVI approved test centres.
The HKDSE English Language subject test at grade 4 overall with a minimum of grade 4 in each subtest may be considered in the place of IELTS, on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants for postgraduate programmes who have studied to at least Bachelor’s degree level entirely in the medium of English or who have worked in an English speaking environment may be considered for exemption from standard English language requirements on a case-by-case basis. A letter confirming the medium of instruction of English will be required.
Pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
If you need to raise your English language skills, you can attend one of our intensive pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes. Satisfactory achievement on one of these courses can be used to meet Kent's English language entry requirements in place of other external language examinations.
Fees and funding
For the latest details on fees, see our course fees look-up table.
The University offers a wide variety of financial support and scholarships, including awards for academic, musical and sporting excellence. Scholarships include our International scholarships for undergraduate students and International Scholarship for Taught Masters Students.
For details of all the scholarships available, please use our scholarship finder.
Postgraduate Taught tuition fee deposit scheme for international-fee paying applicants
As of 1 November 2018, a deposit payment of £2,000 is required to secure your acceptance of an offer for a Postgraduate Taught programme at Kent. This deposit will be deducted from the overall tuition fee you are required to pay at enrolment.
We advise early payment of the deposit, and the final deadlines for us to receive your tuition fee deposit are:
- Postgraduate Taught Master's with a September start date: 1 July
- Postgraduate Taught Master's with a January start date: 1 December
The University reserves the right to withdraw your offer if the tuition fee deposit is not received by the relevant deadline. If this occurs, your application will only be re-instated subject to receipt of the deposit and places being available on your chosen course. If you are offered a place after the given deadline, an immediate deposit payment will be required to secure your place.
If you require a CAS for visa purposes, this will not be issued until the deposit has been received for your chosen course.
Please note: The deposit is only applicable to postgraduate programmes that start in the UK. A deposit is not required for postgraduate programmes that are taught exclusively at our centres in Brussels, Paris, Rome and Athens.
Applicants to Postgraduate Taught programmes with Kent Business School are currently only required to pay a £1,000 tuition fee deposit. Please see the Kent Business School Online Store pages for details.
The University will consider deferral requests for postgraduate applicants for up to one year if they have fully met the conditions of offer and have paid the fee deposit.
For full terms and conditions, including details of our deposit refund policy and application deferrals, please visit our Online Store. If you have any questions about the deposit scheme, please contact the Admissions Team via your online application portal or email firstname.lastname@example.org.