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.
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.
Supportive student environment
In 2018 Kent 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.
The School of Physical Sciences is based on our Canterbury campus with its first-class academic and leisure facilities. We are equipped with the latest resources and our beautiful setting offers plenty of tranquil spaces to study and relax.
Everything you need on campus is within walking distance, including a general store, a bookshop, bank, cinema, theatre, a medical centre and a pharmacy. You can go off campus to explore the city's medieval buildings, historic pubs and an array of shops; visit the seaside towns of Whitstable, Margate or Broadstairs with their beautiful beaches, or head to London, just an hour away by high-speed train.
Support for equality and diversity
In the School of Physical Sciences, we are working hard to create a welcoming, supportive and diverse community for all our staff and students. The School is proud to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and to be recognised as a Juno Practitioner by the Institute of Physics. Both of these initiatives recognise work that is being done to address issues relating to gender equality. We are committed to supporting all staff and students to develop their skills and realise their potential more effectively, to the benefit of everyone.
You can find more information on the University Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity homepage.
*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.