If you have applied to study with us this September but haven’t been able to visit us, you can find out more about our postgraduate community in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research here.

We missed you

 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sorry that we aren’t able to welcome you to the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research in person just yet.

We will be updating this site over the coming days and weeks so please keep an eye out for information on upcoming events. You may also find the University’s COVID-19 advice for applicants of use during these unprecedented times.

If you have any questions about postgraduate study at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, or your application, then you contact us by email at sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk or telephone on +44 (0)1227 816476

Upcoming events

  We are planning a range of exciting events over the coming weeks and months which we’ll post about here.   

Online resources

We have put together a list of online resources to help answer any questions you may have:

Our community

Our School has a long and distinguished history and is one of the largest and most successful social science research communities in Europe. An impressive 94% of our research-active staff submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, with 99% of the research submitted judged to be of international quality.

The School supports a large and thriving postgraduate community and in 2010 distributed in excess of £100,000 in Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) quota awards, and in University and SSPSSR bursaries and scholarships to new students.

Academic staff specialise in research of international, comparative and theoretical significance, and we have collective strengths in the following areas: civil society, NGOs and the third sector; cross-national and European social policy; health, social care and health studies; work, employment and economic life; risk, ‘risk society’ and risk management; race, ethnicity and religion; social and public policy; sociology and the body; crime, culture and control; sociological theory and the culture of modernity.

Canterbury Campus

Our facilities

We offer degrees at both our Canterbury and Medway campuses. 

Our Canterbury campus is one of the most beautiful in the UK, set in 300 acres of parkland and overlooking the city of Canterbury and its famous medieval cathedral. The campus offers superb leisure facilities including a nightclub, cinema, theatre and sports centre. The recently extended Templeman Library is an impressive building that offers top-quality resources for students and staff.

The Medway campus is a modern study environment based in an historic setting. This gives you the best of both worlds – top-class facilities within an atmospheric location. At the heart of campus is the Drill Hall Library, a stylish conversion of a Grade II listed building. And our newly developed social hub – known as The Deep End – provides a venue for many activities, from eating out with friends to watching bands and other entertainment.

A free shuttle bus between the two campuses means that wherever you choose to study, you have access to all of Kent’s facilities. Both locations are also within easy reach of London which is less than an hour away by train.

Aerial shot of Canterbury campus taken from drone footage
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