University of Kent: School of Economics

University of Kent
School of Economics

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.

Why Kent? 
The School of Economics at the University of Kent has a thriving research community. Our staff produce world-class research, publish regularly in leading academic journals and foster research partnerships around the world. We have significant research strengths in development economics, labour, growth, business cycles, econometrics and agri-environmental economics. Our cosmopolitan academic and student community, coupled with a thriving research culture, creates an inspiring and challenging environment to study economics.

Teaching excellence
At Kent 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 2018, 100% of Economics students who completed the survey were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. Our performance placed us in the top quarter in all areas.

In the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2018, the School also scored highly with 90% of respondents expressing satisfaction with the quality of our supervision, 82% with the learning resources available, and 88% with the research skills they have developed.

Taught programmes
The School offers a wide range of MSc programmes in economics, finance and development and all can be studied on a full or part-time basis. We also offer a two-year Economics conversion programme for those who are looking to change their career direction.

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 two-year Economics Conversion programme (full-time only) is designed for students without the necessary background in economics to gain direct entry to an MSc degree.

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.

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.

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.

The School 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.

Academic staff
Our Economics faculty includes leading researchers in many fields, including macroeconomics, labour and development economics, microeconomic theory and agri-environmental economics.

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 40 members of academic staff, with around 25-30 MSc and 40-45 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’.

Multimillion-pound Postgraduate Scholarship Fund
The University of Kent has a Multimillion-pound postgraduate scholarship fund to support our taught and research students, including funding from the UK Research Councils, subject and location-specific scholarships, and discounts and scholarships for Kent alumni.

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

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.

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.

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
Kennedy Building
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7FS

Tel: +44 (0)1227 827440

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