University of Kent: School of Biosciences

University of Kent
School of Biosciences


Step up, stand out and specialise at University of Kent with career-focused postgraduate courses taught by expert academics. Build a global network of connections by joining our thriving, supportive, international community of staff and students. We welcome everyone and have a large number of mature students studying either for career purposes or to indulge a long-held passion for a subject.

Kent is a leading research institution with a dynamic and challenging academic environment underpinned by an international perspective, take a look at our multimillion-pound scholarship fund to support our postgraduates.

Kent’s School of Biosciences ranks among the most active in biological sciences in the UK, with annual research funding in excess of £4 million.  We have invested in new, specialist, teaching and research laboratories which house over 150 academic, research, technical and support staff, as well as around 100 postgraduate students.

The School offers a vibrant, research-led teaching experience by staff whose research has gained national and international recognition. Applications for our research degrees at Master’s and PhD level are welcome. Our key research strengths underpin a range of unique and career-focused taught Master’s programmes which focus on areas such as:

These Master’s programmes address key issues and challenges within the biosciences and pharmaceutical industries. They are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology and prepare graduates for future employment. The School was ranked 21st overall by the Complete University Guide 2020 and was ranked 6th for graduate prospects. The School was also placed 7th in the UK for research intensity in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

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.

The School offers MSc by Research and PhD programmes in:

You’ll find further information, research topics and procedures on our Postgraduate Study page.

Postgraduate resources
The School is well equipped, with excellent research laboratories, together with a range of specialised research facilities. The School houses an imaging suite providing high-resolution laser confocal and electron microscopy. Our state-of-the-art 600 MHz NMR spectrometer NMR spectrometer was recently upgraded via an equipment research award from the Wellcome Trust.

An active school
Every week Biosciences has school seminars with world-leading expert guest speakers presenting their research. In addition, the department runs FIREBio (Forum for Innovation, Research and Enterprise in Biosciences), which is a weekly informal meeting for staff, postdocs and postgraduates involving short presentations and discussions. Postgraduates can use the opportunity to present unpublished research findings and discuss them in a supportive environment.

Postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to contribute to the School’s flourishing outreach programme with the local community, and to benefit from the transferable skills it provides. The School of Biosciences blog provides insight into our activities.

A postgraduate degree in the School of Biosciences is designed to equip our graduates with transferable skills that are highly valued in the workplace. Our research-led ethos ensures that students explore the frontiers of scientific knowledge, and the intensive practical components provide rigorous training in cutting edge technical skills that are used in the modern biosciences while working in areas of world-leading expertise within the School.

Destinations for our graduates include the leading pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies within the UK and leading research institutes both at home and abroad.

Conversion programmes
At Kent, we also have a range of Conversion Master’s Programmes where you can learn new skills, improve your job prospects and prepare you for a career in a different discipline.

For example, we offer business, economics and computing programmes for students from an entirely different background, while our Master's degrees in law or journalism develop your academic and professional skills in new areas. Find out more here 

Whether you’re changing direction or honing your skills, Kent will be here to help you take on tomorrow’s world. Get ready to sharpen your focus.

What our students think
Our students speak very highly of their experience at Kent, you can read what our former graduates have to say.

Funding and scholarships
The School of Biosciences offers a range of Funding and Scholarships for eligible students. The University is has a Multimillion-pound postgraduate scholarship fund.

You can apply online via the University’s website. There is no fixed application deadline for applications from home/EU students, though we strongly recommend you apply as soon as possible; no later than three months before your intended start date.  For international students the deadline for applications is 31 July 2020.

Postgraduate Virtual Event
We are planning our next Postgraduate Virtual Open Event soon, where you can hear from specialist academics and attend live Q&A sessions to discover all about studying on one of Kent's postgraduate programmes in the UK and Europe. Register your interest today.


Postgraduate Administrator
School of Biosciences
Tel: +44 (0)1227 82 7014


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