Our world-leading research feeds directly into our teaching; our courses provide cutting-edge content and you learn about the latest breakthroughs in scientific research. We use a range of teaching methods, from traditional lectures and laboratory classes to hands-on work in our new crime scene house and Beacon Observatory. The School has achieved national and international recognition for providing high-quality teaching and all our degrees are accredited by the relevant professional bodies, giving you excellent job prospects.
In the School of Physical Sciences we invest in our staff and facilities to provide our students with high-quality degrees and a wealth of opportunities. Based in the refurbished Ingram building, the School has benefited from over £8.5m in investment over the past few years.
We aim to develop international collaborative research links, as well as nurturing our enterprise activity, giving our students and staff access to excellent industry links. Through our outreach programme we are making science accessible to the wider community and inspiring the next generation of students.
Supportive student environment
Kent has just won the Outstanding Support for Students category at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards – for the second year running. Here in the School of Physical Sciences we have our own student support team who are here to help you realise your potential, by offering advice on any pastoral, personal health and welfare concerns. You also have access to mentors and a personal academic adviser, and we can offer extra individual support by working closely with the central Student Support and Wellbeing team.
When you start at Kent, we hold ‘meet and mingle’ events within the School, which give you a chance to settle into life here and meet your new fellow students. You can also join – or even set up – a student-run society, which provides a great opportunity to meet up with those who share your passion for science.
Excellent career prospects
We are committed to helping you to make the best possible start in your career. All our programmes now offer you the opportunity to spend a year on a work placement – a great way to boost your employability prospects by putting your learning into practice and making contacts in industry.
The School has a specialist employer engagement officer and through our membership of the South East Physics Network (SEPNet) we can help you with valuable internship and training opportunities. In previous years our students have trained at the European Space Agency and worked in engineering and research companies on summer placements.
Employers told me that the work experience on my CV gave me an advantage in the application process.
*Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.