University of Kent: School of Economics

University of Kent
School of Economics


Why Kent?
Economics at Kent is highly ranked in the UK for student satisfaction and teaching quality. 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. Our cosmopolitan academic and student community, coupled with a thriving research culture, creates an inspiring and challenging environment to study economics.

Teaching excellence
At the School of Economics you will be taught by staff whose research has gained national and international recognition, and who make use of their current research in the teaching of our postgraduate programmes.

The School receives consistently high ratings in national student satisfaction surveys. In the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) in 2017, our performance placed us in the top quarter in four key theme areas:

  • Quality of Teaching and Learning (92% satisfaction)
  • Engagement (83% satisfaction)
  • Resources and Services (94%) satisfaction
  • Skills Development (84% satisfaction)

In the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2017, the School also scored highly with 90% of respondents expressing satisfaction with the resources available, 86% with the quality of our supervision, and 86% with the research skills they have developed.

Academic staff
Many of our academic staff members serve as advisers and experts to UK and international agencies, including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank, the Bank of England, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the UK Treasury and many other organisations.

The School currently has 35 members of academic staff, with around 30-40 MSc and 35-40 PhD students. This creates a good community for interaction between students and ensures they receive a good deal of individual attention in classes and workshops.

Research environment
The School of Economics has a thriving research community, which runs twice-weekly seminars and our staff have authored a number of academic books and publish in major economic journals. Research and taught postgraduate students are an important part of this dynamic research culture.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 85% of our staff were submitted and 84% of their research was judged to be of ‘international quality’ or better. Much of the policy impact we claimed was judged to be ‘very considerable or outstanding’.

Taught programmes
The School of Economics at Kent offers a wide range of MSc programmes in economics, finance and development. We also offer a two-year Economics conversion programme for those who are looking to change their career direction plus pathways to MSc study for both economists and non-economists, on a full and part-time basis.

Our MSc degrees offer a stimulating education in economic theory and develop your ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills to a range of national and international problems. They provide you with the necessary skills for a career as a professional economist in both the public and private sectors in the UK and overseas, and offer an excellent training should you wish to continue with academic study.

MSc programmes that require either a good first degree in Economics or an Economics joint honours degree:

  • Economics
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Development Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Quantitative Finance and Econometrics
  • International Finance and Economics

Our Economics Conversion programme (full-time only) is designed for students who do not have the necessary background in economics to gain direct entry to an MSc degree. It is a two-year programme where the first year prepares students for postgraduate study of economics and the second year is the MSc programme itself.

Research programmes 
Our four-year PhD programmes provide a stimulating, supportive, and structured environment in which highly-qualified graduates can develop economic research skills that will enable them to make an original contribution to economic knowledge. We aim to produce economists who are sought-after by leading economics departments and research institutions around the world.

We offer two PhD programmes: Economics and Agri-Environmental Economics. The first year of our PhDs is dedicated to PhD-specific training courses across microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. The content, structure and level of these courses provide the skills needed for independent economic research. By the summer term, students will have developed a set of detailed research questions and written a comprehensive literature review.

The final three years of the PhD are devoted to independent research, under the guidance of a supervisory panel. Throughout the academic year, there are regular reading groups, workshops and seminars in which students are encouraged to attend and participate. In the summer term, PhD workshops are held in which all students must present their work. At the end of four years, students submit a thesis that is examined by viva voce. Research generated during the PhD can result in the publication of papers in top economics journals.

Our Economics faculty includes leading researchers in many fields, including macroeconomics, labour and development economics, microeconomic theory and agri-environmental economics. All students will receive expert supervision by a research-active member of staff. PhD students also contribute to the teaching and research activity of the School, participate in seminars, present their own work and become members of our research centres and groups: the Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC), the Centre for Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS) and the Microeconomics Research Group.

The School of Economics provides dedicated resources for all postgraduate students, with office space and 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 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.

£11m Postgraduate Scholarship Fund
The University allocates £11 million to provide a variety of scholarships and funds for more than 500 postgraduate students in any one year. These range from research student scholarships, through to location-specific funding, sport and music scholarships, and funding specifically for overseas fee-paying students.

The School of Economics also offers a range of postgraduate scholarships for excellence for both MSc and PhD study.

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.

We equip our postgraduates with the skills and knowledge to excel at a senior level and gain successful careers in government, business, industry and academia. Our graduates have gone on to work as economists in international organisations, the financial sector, UK and overseas governments, and to academic careers at some of the world’s top universities.

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

The Postgraduate Co-ordinator
School of Economics
Keynes College
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NP

Tel: +44 (0)1227 827440


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