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All of the full-time undergraduate programmes run by the School of Music and Fine Art have the option of adding a fourth year to the degree to accommodate either a Professional Placement Year or a Year Abroad studying at one of the University’s overseas partner institutions. Going abroad as part of your degree is an amazing experience and a chance to develop personally, academically and professionally.  Students taking this option will experience a different culture, gain a new academic perspective, establish international contacts and enhance their employability.  This extra year is taken between Stages 2 and 3 and taking one of these options will change your degree title to “degree programme with a Year Abroad” or “degree programme with a Placement Year”. Degrees involving one of these additional years follow all of the normal specifications and structures laid out above for the three stages taught at Kent, but the year spent studying away from Kent follows a faculty-wide specification which can be found here: 

The University of Kent has partnerships with universities around the world, which offer courses that complement those offered within the School of Music and Fine Art, that you can study at for a year. If you would like to take the opportunity to study abroad please talk to your Year Abroad Officer about the options available and how to go about applying for these.

A Professional Placement Year can be taken in the UK or abroad with a wide range of employers in the private, public and third sectors (e.g. charities) in areas including the arts, education and cultural heritage. Placements will normally be related to your degree subject; however, we will consider employers that are not directly related to your course if you can identity objectives and how the opportunity will benefit you and your learning. The year itself will be pass/fail and is assessed through employer feedback, self-reflective logs and a final report from you. The year will offer reduced fees, is flexible in its approach and need not be specifically aligned to your subject of study. At the end of the Professional Placement Year, you can use the experience gained on your placement when applying for graduate jobs. Previous placement students have found that the practical application of their studies, and the skills developed during their placement have, enhanced their CV, helped with their final year of study and  provided an insight into their career potential. Students undertaking a period of placement often go on to work for their placement provider on graduation. Information about the Faculty’s placement year scheme can be found on the Faculty website:

For information on taking a year abroad and a full list of overseas partner institutions for your course visit:

For information about a placement year and the option of doing a placement year abroad visit:


School of Music and Fine Art Placement Year Abroad Officers

Peter Hatton and Richard Lightman

Please contact either or for further info.


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