University of Kent, School of Psychology


Ten reasons to choose Psychology at Kent

1. Student satisfaction

  • For overall student satisfaction, Kent was 14th in the UK for Psychology in the 2014 Guardian University Guide
  • In the National Student Survey 2014, Kent achieved 88% for overall student satisfaction in Psychology
  • The University of Kent was ranked joint 3rd in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the 2014 Guardian University Guide

2. Good career prospects

  • In the 2015 Complete University Guide, Psychology at Kent was ranked 4th under the graduate prospects heading
  • 5th in the UK for Psychology graduating students' career 6 months after graduation in the 2015 Guardian University Guide
  • 93% of Psychology students found employment or went on to further study within 6 months of graduating in 2013
  • 92% of Kent Psychology students graduated with a 1st or 2:1 in 2013
  • Work Experience Scheme that allows local organisations and student volunteers to collaborate on a project
  • Employability page to find out what a degree in Psychology can do for you

3. Teaching quality

  • Rated 8/10 on value added in the 2015 Guardian University Guide
  • 100% of our academic teaching staff are classified as research active, and final year option modules are based on their areas of expertise

4. Research strengths

  • Ranked within the top 20 UK Psychology departments for 4* (world leading research) following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
  • Leading centre of excellence for Social Psychology, with complementary strengths in Cognition and Neuroscience, and Forensic Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology is a fourth topic that cuts across all these research groupings
  • Top third for RAE rating in Psychology in 2014 Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide

5. Choice of programmes

  • A range of undergraduate programmes including social, applied and clinical psychology and joint honours programmes, so that you can tailor your studies to your interests
  • At postgraduate level we offer seven coursework Masters degrees and supervision for full-time or part-time research degrees (MSc, MPhil, PhD) in all our areas of expertise

6. Professional recognition

  • Over 20 years' continuous accreditation by the British Psychological Society
  • All of our undergraduate programmes are accredited by the BPS. This includes the joint honours degrees
  • The MSc in Forensic Psychology course is accredited by the BPS as providing the first (academic) year of professional training for those who wish to qualify as Chartered Forensic Psychologists
  • At the most recent reaccreditation of our undergraduate programmes, in February 2013, we received an outstanding four commendations, for:
    • our success in creating an engaging environment where students are stakeholders in a research-led school
    • the way our strategic planning captures the needs of students and supports the development of the provision in a bottom-up process
    • the range of undergraduate programmes we offer, all of which offer a strong ethos of developing students' employability
    • our cutting edge dedicated resources for students' practical work

7. Extensive state-of-the art laboratories

  • A modern building equipped with a variety of technical facilities, including eye-trackers, EEG labs, brain stimulation labs, physiology labs, child-friendly testing space, virtual reality, and an observation suite
  • Moreover, our students have access to all this equipment through supervised research projects and the Research Experience Scheme

8. Excellent arts, sports and social life

  • Active student union events
  • Wide range of clubs and societies
  • On-campus cinema, theatre and night-club
  • Outstanding sports facilities and inclusive 'sport-for-all' policy
  • Flourishing music programme, live music venue, and dedicated concert hall

9. Outstanding campus and location

  • Situated on an attractive, self-contained campus on 300 acres of parkland overlooking the city of Canterbury
  • One hour by train to London
  • Excellent transport links to mainland Europe

10. Good league table performance

  • 3rd for Psychology Graduate Prospects in the 2014 Guardian University Guide
  • Joint 9th for Value Added in Psychology in the 2015 Guardian University Guide
  • 13th in the UK for Psychology in the 2015 Complete University Guide
  • 14th in the UK for Psychology in the 2015 Guardian University Guide
  • 15th in the UK for Psychology in the 2013 Times Good University Guide
  • 11th in the UK for Psychology Student: Staff Ratio in 2015 Guardian University Guide
  • Top third in the UK for Psychology Entry Standards in the 2014 Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide
  • One of the top 100 universities in the world for Psychology in the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Heather Ferguson Postgraduate Overview

Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience

Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP)


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