University of Kent: Kent School of Architecture

University of Kent
School of Architecture


Why Kent?
Architecture at Kent is highly ranked in the UK for research, student satisfaction and teaching. Our passion for the subject and research-led approach to teaching helps provide students with a first-class academic experience, as well as building personal skills and enhancing career prospects. As a student at Kent School of Architecture (KSA), you become part of a creative community that offers innovative programmes, studio-based teaching, contemporary vision, professional links and excellent facilities, all within a highly rated university.

Teaching excellence
KSA has an enthusiastic team of academic staff with many years of teaching experience at degree level and particular strengths in historical, environmental, technical and digital aspects of the subject. Many of our lecturers are highly active within contemporary debates and also draw on their experience as practitioners in the field.

The School receives consistently high ratings in national student satisfaction surveys. In the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) in 2016, our performance placed us in the top quarter in three theme areas:

  • Quality of Teaching and Learning
  • Engagement
  • Assessment and Feedback

Research environment
The School of Architecture has a thriving research community, including two research centres: the Centre for Research in European Architecture (CREAte) and the Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment (CASE).

CREAte provides a focus for research in architecture in the European context, exploring the role and contribution of the humanities to architecture and urban design in the context of urban and regional regeneration.

CASE’s research focus is on sustainable design and encompasses different aspects and scales of the sustainable built environment, from the individual building to the urban block. It promotes the wider environmental agenda and keeps the School at the forefront of research and development in the field.

KSA has an international reputation for the quality of its research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, architecture at Kent was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity and research quality. An impressive 100% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF and 88% of the research submitted was judged to be of international quality.

Professional links
We have excellent contacts with businesses and other organisations in the local area, including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Kent County Council and Kent Design. The Sustainable Communities Plan is particularly strong in southeast England, making the region the ideal place to debate innovative solutions to architectural issues.

Taught programmes
The Kent School of Architecture offers a number of Master’s programmes allowing students to choose a degree that reflects their own interests.

The following Master’s programmes require a first or 2.1 in architecture or a related discipline:

  • MA in Architecture and Urban Design - The MA in Architecture and Urban Design provides an understanding of contemporary urban design through investigating the dynamic conditions of cities today. The programme combines theoretical and practical knowledge of architecture with urban design and the study of contemporary urban conditions.
  • MA in Architectural Visualisation - The digital visualisation of architecture and urban environments has become embedded within the architecture and film industries, establishing itself as an industry in its own right. With the increase in demand for skilled modellers and animators, and knowledge of architectural as well as cinematic issues, this MA builds upon the connections between the two industries.
  • MSc in Architecture and Sustainable Environment - The MSc in Architecture and Sustainable Environment is a taught course aimed at professionals and academics worldwide with an interest in sustainability in the built environment, including architects, engineers, geographers, surveyors, historians and urban designers.
  • MSc in Architectural Conservation - This programme provides you with a thorough understanding of the history of architectural heritage, and teaches the skills required for the active preservation and development of historic buildings. Based in the historic city of Canterbury, it combines the study of conservation theory and philosophy with the technical aspects of repair and reconstruction.

Our Master's programmes have been devised to enhance your prospects in a competitive world. Professionals in the architectural, planning, 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.

Research programme
The School offers both full-time and part-time research programmes leading to a PhD. Kent School of Architecture promotes innovative and interdisciplinary research in architecture, urbanism, environmental design and related fields.

All PhD students join one of the research centres (CREAte or CASE) and are encouraged to participate in the centre’s events. They also have access to all relevant University facilities and seminars. Seminar programmes offered provide a mixture of research guidance, student presentations and guest lectures.

The School is in a self-contained building at the heart of the Canterbury campus. The studios include a dedicated computing suite and the main top-lit studios provide a range of environmental and construction software. The School has a Digital Crit Space, an advanced learning environment with 70-inch touch-screens with HD resolution, enabling you to develop your designs digitally.

We also offer an architectural model workshop for constructing models and large-scale prototypes. Facilities include a comprehensive 3D design suite, which enhances traditional model-making approaches.

Our students have access to computers and specialist software, plus extensive collections in the University’s Templeman Library. All postgraduate students benefit from the comprehensive facilities on the 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.

The University
Find out more about being a postgraduate student at Kent and our £9m Postgraduate Scholarship Fund.

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

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

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Kent School of Architecture
Marlowe Building
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NR

Tel: +44 (0)1227 824689

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