International Student

Entry requirements: Kenya

At Kent we consider all applications on their individual merit and welcome students from Kenya with a wide variety of qualifications and experience. Below you will find standard entry requirements for students from Kenya. Please note that some departments may have slightly different entry criteria.

If you have any specific queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact us directly at international@kent.ac.uk.


Foundation programme entry requirements

The University considers students for foundation entry who have completed the KCSE (Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education). Students will be considered on an individual basis. We typically require students to have taken a minimum of eight subjects (including English), and to have achieved a minimum mean grade of C.

Offer levels vary depending on the degree course to which the candidate progresses after the foundation programme and some courses may state specific required subjects. If maths is required at GCSE normal level, students must achieve a minimum grade D at KCSE level.

We offer 1 year foundation programmes in Biological Sciences, Computer Systems Engineering, Electronic and Communications Engineering, Forensic Science, Management Science, Mathematics and Physics.

We also have a General Foundation Programme which has been designed especially for international students. This programme includes additional English language support and provides entry into the wide range of subjects in our Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, and certain degrees in our Faculty of Science, Technology and Medical Studies.

For further information about all of our foundation programmes, please click here.

EEnglish Language Requirements: If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate your English language ability. Please see our page on minimum English language entry requirements for more details.

For students who do not meet our English language requirements, please see our Pre-Sessional English courses information.

How to apply:

All students applying for foundation programmes at Kent must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions System) or through an agent who will have access to our online application form - please see the link to representatives below. For further guidance on how to apply through UCAS, please click here.

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Undergraduate entry requirements

The University considers students for undergraduate study who have completed the KSCE (Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education) in a minimum of eight subjects, having achieved a minimum mean grade C. At least one year of successful full-time study (or the equivalent) in a post-KCSE course of study will also be required. The following further qualifications are acceptable.

Foundation Courses: Students should have satisfactorily completed a Foundation course, either at a UK based college, or a college in Kenya. For example, for the Foundation Programme validated/moderated by the Northern Consortium of UK Universities, offered by some private schools in Kenya, students should achieve a minimum of between CCCC and AABB in four subjects.

N.B. The English language components of this foundation programmes are not acceptable for year 1 entry to an undergraduate degree. Please see below for English language requirements.

Kenyan Degree programmes: A successfully completed first year of a Kenyan degree programme or Polytechnic Diploma at a recognised University (Public or Accredited Private) or Polytechnic may qualify students for year 1 entry. A successfully completed (two year) Diploma in Special Education from the Kenya Institute of Special Education would normally qualify students for year 1 entry.

Some students may have taken UK GCSEs or GCE Overseas O Levels, and GCE A Levels or the International Baccalaureate.

GCE A Level: We typically require students to have taken a minimum of two A levels and have achieved the grades specified in the standard offers for UK applicants; see the prospectus for the required grades for each course.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: We have a standard IB Diploma offer of 34 points overall 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, the University will also make offers for most programmes of study of passing the IB Diploma with specific achievement in higher/standard level subjects.

Students may also gain entry to year 1 of our undergraduate degree programmes if they have successfully completed 1 or 2 years of an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) and seek to transfer to Kent for the remainder of their degree.

English Language Requirements: If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate your English language ability. Please see our page on minimum English language entry requirements for more details.

For students who do not meet our English language requirements, please see our Pre-Sessional English courses information.

How to apply:

All students applying for undergraduate programmes (Bachelors) at Kent must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions System). For further guidance on how to apply through UCAS, please click here.

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Second year entry

The University will consider students on an individual basis for second year entry if they have successfully completed a course of academic study from a reputable institution, with studies of a similar content and level to Year 1 of the relevant Kent degree.

The University will also consider for 2nd year entry, students who have successfully completed the ABE Diploma Level II (with very good grades) or the ABE Advanced Diploma, if the content is similar to Year 1 of the relevant Kent degree.

English Language Requirements: If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate your English language ability. Please see our page on minimum English language entry requirements for more details.

For students who do not meet our English language requirements, please see our Pre-Sessional English courses information.

How to apply:

All students applying for undergraduate programmes (Bachelors) at Kent must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions System). For further guidance on how to apply through UCAS, please click here.

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Postgraduate entry requirements

The University considers students for postgraduate study who have completed a minimum of a four year Bachelor degree achieving a good First Class or Upper Second Honours from a reputable institution (Public or Accredited Private University, or Polytechnic).

English Language Requirements: If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate your English language ability. Please see our page on minimum English language entry requirements for more details.

For students who do not meet our English language requirements, please see our Pre-Sessional English courses information.

How to apply:

For postgraduate programmes (Masters, MPhil, Doctorate etc), application is online. .

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MBA and postgraduate business programmes

Postgraduate

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme at Kent Business School applicants need to submit:

  • Proof of academic achievement. This normally would be an honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK or other approved university and/or an equivalent professional qualification.
  • A ‘Statement of Purpose’ outlining your reasons for applying to the programme. A programme specific essay may be required for borderline applications.
  • Two references at least one of which must be academic.
  • Proof of English Language proficiency

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate your English language ability. Please see our page on minimum English language entry requirements for more details.

For students who do not meet our English language requirements, please see our Pre-Sessional English courses information.

In addition applicants applying for the MSc Value Chain Management programme who meet the admissions criteria will be required to have a personal telephone interview with the Programme Director as part of the admissions process.

Kent MBA programme

You can apply for the Kent MBA online via the University of Kent's online prospectus. Please ensure all supporting documentation is submitted with your online application form or scanned and emailed to kentmba@kent.ac.uk. You will be required to show the originals of your scanned documents when you come to enrol onto the programme. On receipt of your online application, you will receive an acknowledgement email. 
All applicants who meet the admissions criteria will be required to have a personal telephone interview with the Programme Director as part of the Admissions process.

What entry requirements do you need?

To apply for the Kent MBA you will need to submit:

  • A completed online application form
  • Proof of academic achievement. This normally would be an honours degree from a UK or other approved university and/or an equivalent professional qualification. Exceptions will be considered for senior managers with more than ten years work experience.
  • A 'Statement of Purpose' outlining your reasons for applying to the programme. A programme specific essay may be required for borderline applications.
  • A full and detailed curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé in which you demonstrate your career progression. A minimum of three years' managerial work experience is required to apply for the Kent MBA.
  • Copy of the photo ID page of your current passport for UKVI immigration regulations. (International Students only)
  • Two professional references, one of which must be from your current employer covering at least two years' experience.
  • Applicants are required to take the GMAT and achieve a good test score, which is balanced across all parts of the GMAT. A minimum GMAT score of 580 or equivalent GRE score will be required from students (Comparison tool:www.ets.org/s/gre/flash/bschool/comparison). Lower test scores will be considered on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Programme Director. Those applicants with five or more years of work experience or who already hold a Masters degree will be required to submit a 'GMAT waiver form' with their application form. The GMAT requirement may be waived only at the discretion of the Programme Director and only in exceptional circumstances.
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate your English language ability. Please see our page onminimum English language entry requirements for more details.

Applications are submitted to the Admissions Board which meets every two weeks. Please see the Kent MBA ‘How to apply’ page for more information.
For students who do not meet our English language requirements, please see our Pre-Sessional English courses information.
For further details please contact Kent Business School.

How to apply: 

For all postgraduate programmes, including the Kent MBA, application is online.

 

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PhD

If you would like to pursue a PhD at Kent, you should visit the relevant department website 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.

If the academic is interested in considering you as a PhD candidate, you will be required to submit a written research proposal for your PhD and may then subsequently be asked to complete the postgraduate application form.

English Language Requirements: If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate your English language ability. Please see our page on minimum English language entry requirements for more details.

For students who do not meet our English language requirements, please see our Pre-Sessional English courses information.

How to apply:

For postgraduate programmes (Masters, MPhil, Doctorate etc), application is online. .

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Last Updated: 12/12/2014