The School of Psychology is a vibrant and diverse community, internationally recognised for its research and committed to inspiring teaching. Our academics are world-leading experts whose passion for their areas of research encourages you to develop your own ideas and take your studies further.

Key facts

21st

out of 117 UK institutions for Psychology in The Complete University Guide 2020.

26th

for Psychology out of 117 UK institutions in The Times Good University Guide 2019.

97%

of Psychology graduates who responded to the most recent national survey were in work or further study within six months (DLHE 2017).

Gold

in the Teaching Excellence Framework*, the highest possible rating.

Our vision

Our School vision is to offer the best education and student experience in the UK, to undertake psychological research and innovation that is of the highest international standard, and to be a leading civic institution within the region.

Our students help us to fulfil this vision by:

  • acquiring advanced discipline-specific knowledge and broader intellectual and motivational skills that serve them beyond university
  • actively advancing the discipline and helping to translate psychological research findings into non-academic practice
  • advocating the discipline to non-psychologists through public engagement activity.

Outstanding facilities

The School of Psychology is in a modern building with its own teaching spaces including a large lecture theatre and smaller teaching rooms.

Our state-of-the-art research facilities include:

  • eye-tracker equipment
  • electroencephalography (EEG) equipment for monitoring brain function
  • brain stimulation and physiology laboratories
  • child-friendly testing spaces
  • a virtual reality laboratory
  • group dynamics laboratories
  • observation suites
  • two computer rooms with over 100 networked PCs.

You have access to this equipment through supervised research projects and the Research Experience Scheme. Read more about our extensive research facilities.

Female student using specialist equipment in Psychology lab

Our resources include Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) equipment

Inspirational teaching

All our academic staff are active in research and their passion for their subject will inspire you. They challenge you to develop your own opinions and ideas, and to become an independent thinker.

As a psychology student, you belong to a diverse and cosmopolitan School. Our staff and students are from a wide range of countries and undertake fieldwork abroad. Psychology Society and Café Psychology are a great opportunity to share ideas with other members of the School.

You’re supported in your studies throughout your time at Kent. Attend one of our weekly themed workshops or drop in to a one-to-one feedback session. Your Academic Adviser is there to help you reach your full potential and our final-year undergraduates support new students through the Academic Peer Mentoring Scheme.

Research excellence

The School of Psychology has built a strong international research reputation in the areas of:

  • cognitive psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • social psychology.

This is complemented by strengths in:

  • organisational psychology
  • political psychology.

We have two research centres:

Impressive prospects

Kent equips you with essential skills to give you a competitive advantage when it comes to getting a job. 

Our graduates currently have excellent graduate employment prospects, working in clinical, forensic and occupational psychology or in allied fields related to therapy, teaching, or social work. Many work in communication-focused roles in marketing, public relations and publishing.

If you choose an undergraduate programme with a placement year you can spend a year working with professional psychologists in, for example, the NHS, the Prison Service or another government agency or in a business setting and gain experience that will enhance your employability.

Additionally, our experience schemes allow students to either gain practical experience of ongoing research projects or to gain an insight into the workplace and the local community.

Professional recognition

We have 25 years’ continuous accreditation by The British Psychological Society.

Graduates of our BPS-accredited BSc programmes are eligible for Graduate Membership of The British Psychological Society with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, subject to certain conditions. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Our two specialist Business Psychology BSc degrees give students the opportunity to focus on the study of individual and group behaviour in the workplace. Our Organisational and Business Psychology MSc develops theoretical and research-based knowledge of social and business psychology to enhance understanding of workplace behaviour. These are accredited by the Association for Business Psychology. 

Kent’s MSc in Forensic Psychology is accredited by The British Psychological Society as providing the first (academic) year of professional training for students wanting to qualify as Chartered Forensic Psychologists.

Location

Our campus is set in a beautiful location on a hill with a view of Canterbury Cathedral and the city.  Everything you need is within walking distance, including a general store, a bookshop, a medical centre and a pharmacy. The campus has its own cinema, theatre, music venue, concert hall and student nightclub. There are restaurants, cafés and bars, as well as a sports centre and gym.

*Read the University of Kent's Statement of Findings.

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The labyrinth at the Canterbury campus

The Canterbury campus Labyrinth, which overlooks the historic city