University of Kent: Kent School of Architecture and Planning

Kent School of Architecture and Planning
University of Kent


Kent School of Architecture and Planning has a forward-thinking philosophy. We combine contemporary research with an educational framework that prepares you for the academic and professional world.

Our students benefit from one of the most advanced learning environments in the UK. As well as a creative studio culture, you gain experience in using the latest facilities and equipment, which prepares you for work in the industry or further study.

Along with our MArch and PDip Architectural Practice programmes, we offer six Master’s degrees across a variety of specialisms:

The School also offers a full-time and part-time research programme, leading to a PhD research degree and promotes innovative and interdisciplinary research study in architecture, urbanism and related fields.

Academic staff
Our enthusiastic academic staff have many years of teaching experience at degree level and particular strengths in historical, environmental, technical and digital aspects of the subject. We take an innovative approach to teaching that develops your design confidence through experimentation and project work.

Research excellence
Kent School of Architecture and Planning has an international reputation for the quality of its research. Our research staff are active at academic and professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, and appear and publish in local and national media.

We promote innovative and interdisciplinary research, emphasising sustainable design. We host three research centres: the Centre for Research in European Architecture (CREAte), the Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment (CASE) and Digital Architecture Research Centre (DARC).

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Kent School of Architecture and Planning was ranked 8th in the country for research intensity. This confirms that 40% of our research outputs were ranked 4*, the internationally acknowledged definition of “world leading research”, with nearly 70% of our staff graded as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

We conduct high-quality research across the whole field of architectural investigation, and have established exciting new directions in both the history and theory of architecture and in sustainable urban, peri-urban and environmental design.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • sustainable design
  • architectural theory and criticism
  • building technologies
  • digital architecture
  • urban design
  • landscape studies
  • experience of space

Our research projects have attracted substantial funding from sources such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Technology Strategy Board.

We also have active links with organisations including the Architectural Humanities Research Association, Turner Contemporary, V&A and the Twentieth Century Society.

Our academic staff have made significant contributions to real-world applications. For example, Senior Lecturer Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt was appointed to lead a refurbishment of the ventilation system at the Houses of Parliament, while Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou's research into outdoor thermal comfort has influenced understanding of the topic across the world.

Professional links
The School has excellent contacts with businesses and culture in the local area, including regional organisations such as the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Kent County Council and European Association of Architectural Education (EAAE). This has led to our students and graduates working alongside each other on projects directly affecting the local region, as well as many of our students going on to work at professionally respected architectural practices across the world.

Kent also has excellent links with schools of architecture in Tokyo, Istanbul, Lille, Rome and, in the USA, Virginia.

Kent School of Architecture and Planning offers the latest resources, including modern design studios, dedicated model workshops featuring laser-cutting facilities, a computer studio and labs; plus extensive collections in the University’s Templeman Library. All postgraduate students benefit from the comprehensive facilities on the green and attractive Canterbury campus for sport, arts and culture, medical needs, shops and eating facilities. Woolf College on campus is dedicated for postgraduate use, combining residential accommodation and social space.

Career opportunities
Our Master’s programmes have been devised to enhance your prospects in a competitive world. Professionals in the architectural, planning, visualisation, environmental design and conservation fields who develop higher-level skills, accredited by relevant bodies, will find themselves well-placed to progress in their field. Our students have gone on to work for major public agencies and universities, as well as leading practitioners in the private sector.

The University has a postgraduate scholarship fund of £12million, including funding from the UK Research Councils. Opportunities range from a generous number of research student scholarships, through to location and subject specific funding, sport and music scholarships, and funding specifically for overseas fee-paying students.

Canterbury is a beautiful and historic city, ideally located less than an hour from London, and 22 miles from sea and rail links to continental Europe.

You can apply online via the University’s website. Applications for Master’s programmes are accepted until the end of July and PhD applications can be made at any time in the year.

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