University of Kent


These Scholarships are for Graduate Study in any subject at either Masters or Doctoral level at the University of Kent and are awarded for up to two years (with a possibility of an extension to a third year for doctoral studies). If awarded a Kent Marshall Scholarship, candidates would be expected to study at the University of Kent.

The University of Kent, the UK’s European university, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it now has over 19,000 students studying at various campuses including Canterbury, Medway and Tonbridge in the picturesque south-east of England and continental-European sites in Athens, Brussels, Paris and Rome.

Kent is a research-intensive institution that provides an excellent education delivered by world-class researchers. Our reputation for research and teaching excellence is confirmed by our success in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014; we are ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity*, 97% of our research is of international quality and our score for research power increased by 59% since the previous exercise, the third largest increase of the top 50 research intensive universities. Following our success in the REF, our research funding increased by 27.3% - the fifth largest increase in the country. We have global partnerships with many prestigious institutions both in Europe and beyond to include the USA, Malaysia, China, Russia, Hong Kong and Japan. These partnerships offer many opportunities for our students including exchanges, study visits and work placements, as well as the possibility of earning a dual degree from Kent and a partner university.

We have a thriving postgraduate community of over 3,000 students. Our Graduate School works in partnership with academic schools, faculties, central service departments, the Kent Graduate Student Association and Kent Union to enhance the quality of the postgraduate student experience across all campuses and ensures that the academic and social interests of postgraduate students, both taught and research, are appropriately provided for within the University. See

The Graduate School supports the career skills development of all postgraduate students at Kent. Our postgraduates are provided with high-quality teaching, supervision and support from their academic schools. This provision is supplemented by training opportunities coordinated by the Graduate School. These include the Global Skills Award for taught Master’s students, which comprise  a range of lectures and a series of skills workshops and is designed to enhance global awareness. The Researcher Development Programme equips postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers with a full range of research and transferable skills to improve their effectiveness as researchers and increase their employability. See

Kent students are part of a diverse community of scholars from around the world. Twenty seven percent of our students come from countries outside the UK, and many more live and study abroad as part of their degree. In total, we have students from 149 different nationalities and 41% of our academic and research staff come from outside the UK.

The University has a range of support services to benefit its international population, with academic help, personal support and social events tailored to those studying away from their home country. The University of Kent is home to students from all over North America and every year, Kent makes a number of visits to North America to meet prospective students at fairs and to hold interview days.

We perform consistently well in the UK national league tables. We are ranked in the top 20 by The Guardian University Guide 2015 and 22nd in The Complete University Guide 2016. Our students consistently rate Kent as offering one of the best student experiences in the country and, in the 2014 National Student Survey we scored 91% in the ‘overall satisfaction’ category, the third highest score nationally.
* of 122 universities not including specialist institutions; rankings are taken from the Times Higher Education, Jan 2015.

Why choose Kent?

Our academic reputation, globally recognised degrees, cosmopolitan environment, first-class facilities and exciting opportunities to study and work in inspiring locations across the globe make Kent a favourite destination among international students. We provide dedicated support services and have a website specifically for international students:

Our graduates enjoy excellent career prospects around the world; over 94% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2013 found a job or further study opportunity within six months. We provide a Careers and Employability Service and pride ourselves on the assistance we give to our students to develop their personal and transferable skills. In addition, we run a nationally recognised Employability Points scheme, which rewards student engagement in extra-curricular activities that develop and enhance transferable and life skills.

European location

Kent is known as the ‘UK’s European university’.  Established in Canterbury in 1965, the University has expanded its reach in the south-east of England and across the English Channel.  We have exceptional campuses in the UK at Canterbury, Medway and Tonbridge and postgraduate centres in some of the most exciting and historic cities on the continent:  Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome.  Each of our sites has its own distinctive characteristics, and the specialist facilities and resources in these chosen locations underpin study and research.

Canterbury – Over 50 subjects are available for study and research on the University’s original green and beautiful campus, which overlooks the World Heritage Site of Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church. With over 149 nationalities represented, the campus has a vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Medway – Professionally focussed programmes are supported by state-of-the-art facilities in renovated listed buildings on The Historic Dockyard, Chatham. This stunning waterfront location is close to London and has easy transport links to Europe.

Tonbridge – part-time learning is offered in a wide range of subjects through study days and short courses and bespoke professional training for local business and government are delivered by the University’s centre in Tonbridge.

Athens – Heritage Management, professional training that combines the study of archaeology and business, is offered at the archaeological site of Eleusina in one of the world’s most ancient cities.

Brussels – Advanced international studies in the capital of Europe: Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies offers postgraduate programmes taught by world-leading academics and experienced practitioners and provides valuable internship opportunities.

Paris – Interdisciplinary postgraduate programmes in the arts and humanities are enhanced by cultural, linguistic and experiential immersion in this historic city at the heat of European culture.

Rome – Canterbury and Rome have been linked since the Middle Ages by the pilgrimage route Via Francigena--the study of history, art and archaeology is offered in this centre of classical antiquity.

Outstanding facilities

Over the last ten years, Kent has invested £234m in its facilities. At Canterbury we have established a new college, Turing College, and invested £4.8m in sports facilities and a number of new academic buildings for 2016.  In celebration of the University’s 50th Anniversary in 2015, the Templeman Library has been extended and refurbished to include over 500 new study spaces and a 250-seat lecture theatre. Recent developments at Medway include new student accommodation, a new bar and bistro, a multimillion-pound refurbishment of academic facilities at the Historic Dockyard and a new Student Hub building for 2016.

'There really is no more amazing experience than studying abroad in another country. I spent a three-month semester at the University of Kent, and was absolutely delighted with the entire experience. The only thing I disliked was having to go say goodbye and go back home at the end.

The academic support was absolutely amazing; my professors knew what they were talking about and were always ready and willing to answer questions and provide academic support.

The social aspect of Kent was astonishing too; there was always something going on, something to do, someone to hang out with. It was impossible to be bored at Kent, both socially and academically. University of Kent goes out of its way to make its students feel welcome, and is the experience of a lifetime.'

Heather Kissenger, United States

Fast facts

  • Kent is ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity in the Research Excellent Framework (REF) 2014
  • Kent is ranked as a top 20 UK university by The Guardian University Guide 2015
  • Kent scored 91% for overall student satisfaction, the third highest score nationally, in the 2014 National Student Survey
  • 27% of Kent students are from outside of the UK, from 149 nationalities; over 40% of our academic and research staff come from outside the UK.
  • Kent offers excellent accommodation, computing, sports, music, cultural, education and personal support facilities.

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