University of Kent: School of Computing

University of Kent
School of Computing


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.

The School of Computing is home to world-leading research in key areas including programming languages, cyber security, computational intelligence, computer education and data science. We also work across disciplines in areas such as biosciences, psychology and business.

Our students benefit from excellent teaching and enjoy a high level of access to academic staff, some of whom are authors of widely-used textbooks. We are skilled at teaching students from a variety of backgrounds on our conversion and advanced computer science programmes.

“I applied for a Master’s because I wanted to challenge myself, to see what I was capable of and open up career opportunities. I chose Kent because of the high quality of teaching that the School of Computing is known for.” 
Don Shaw-Case, MSc Advanced Computer Science

The Computer Science MSc is a conversion degree programme. You do not need any prior knowledge or experience of computing to take this course. Our students come from backgrounds including natural sciences, engineering, arts, humanities and social sciences. This programme is popular with recent graduates and career-changers too.

Our advanced Master’s degrees are for students who have studied computing at honours degree level and wish to extend their knowledge. You can select the programme that best suits your interests: 

We are ranked 12 in the UK for research intensity in computer science and informatics (REF 2014 -2021) and offer a stimulating and supportive academic environment, whether you are interested in a taught programme or in research. The Times Higher Educations also ranked the School 22 out of 89 for research power, with 100% of the School’s research impact rated world leading or internationally excellent.

An industrial placement is an ideal way to gain workplace experience, make useful contacts and develop and understanding of graduate careers in computing and IT.  In the School of Computing we have a specialist team to assist you to find a placement and provide support while you are there. Our students have worked in the UK, the US, Asia and continental Europe in a variety of roles in major brands through to small start-up enterprises. 

Student success and careers
We help you to develop key transferrable skills that are essential within the competitive world of work. These include the ability to adapt to challenges, analyse complex real-world problems and develop original ideas. 

Within the School of Computing we have strong links with industry, notably with Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Agilent Technologies, Erlang Training and Consulting, HP Labs, Ericsson and Nexor. Destinations for our graduates include the leading technology companies, major corporate brands and smaller organisations, as well as academic careers. Read our students’ stories.

Postgraduate resources
As a postgraduate student at Kent you have access to a range of facilities including the support of the graduate school and the careers and employability service

In the School of Computing you can make use of our makerspace to build physical objects to support your studies or for personal projects. This large, open-plan workshop is fitted with 3D printers, a laser cutter and metal fabrication machinery as well as electronic engineering equipment.

The Kent IT Consultancy (KITC) is part of the School and is run by student consultants working with local ambitious enterprises to help them make better use of technology. For example, our students have helped a local entrepreneur to launch and online clothing store and have supported businesses to modernise their websites. 

Funding and Scholarships
The University of Kent is proud of its Multimillion-pound postgraduate scholarship fund, and has an online database of all available postgraduate funding.

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 for the following September.

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.

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.


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