University of Kent: School of Psychology

University of Kent
School of Psychology


Kent’s School of Psychology is a vibrant and diverse community, internationally recognised for its research and committed to inspiring teaching. Our academics are world-leading experts whose passion for their areas of research encourages you to develop your own ideas and take your studies further.

Our MSc degrees include

Accreditations and professional recognition

  • The MSc in Forensic Psychology at Kent is accredited by The British Psychological Society as providing the first (academic) year of professional training for those who pass the course and wish to qualify as Chartered Forensic Psychologists.
  • Our taught MSc programmes have been recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the nationally recognised criteria for preparation training for PhD research.
  • In the 2020 Complete University Guide, Psychology at Kent was rated 21st overall out of 117 departments in the UK. Furthermore, following the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014, Psychology was ranked 11th out of 82 institutions in the UK for research intensity in the Times Higher Education
  • The School has a strong track record of attracting ESRC research studentship funding which involve partnerships with external organisations, such as The Anne Frank Trust

Research applications are welcomed within the School, and the varied interests of our academic staff provide a wealth of expertise for supervision of projects at both PhD and MSc by Research level. The School has a strong and growing international profile for research, which is conducted across four groups: Social Psychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, Forensic Psychology and Developmental Psychology. This is complemented by strengths in Organisational Psychology and Political Psychology. The research environment is designed to sustain a strong, vibrant research culture, encourage collaboration, and unite staff and students with shared research interests. Our themes ensure critical mass and create a highly energetic and stimulating intellectual climate.


Careers and employability
Our students commonly go into the fields of health, teaching or further education. For example, many of our graduates take up roles as assistant psychologists in the NHS with a view to becoming a professional clinical or forensic psychologist. Master’s graduates have also pursued doctoral study and academic careers.  You will develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings which also includes policy development, public relations, conflict management, human resource management, and organisational development consultancy. 

Facilities and location
We have a dedicated laboratory building which includes individual labs as well as specialised labs for different types of research. These include:

  • an observational suite and fully equipped video studios
  • group dynamics laboratories
  • networked small groups/interpersonal interaction laboratories and hub room
  • electrophysiology (ERP/EEG) laboratories
  • eye-tracking laboratories
  • galvanic vestibular stimulation laboratory (GVS, Magstim)
  • physiological measurement laboratories
  • social cognition laboratory
  • transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • visual cognition laboratories
  • virtual reality laboratory.

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

For further information, please contact the School of Psychology recruitment and admissions team.

T: +44 (0)1227 824775

Funding and Scholarships
The University has a postgraduate scholarship fund of £12million, including funding from the UK Research Councils. Opportunities range from a generous number of research student scholarships, through to location and subject specific funding, sport and music scholarships, and funding specifically for overseas fee-paying students.

School of Psychology
Keynes College
University of Kent
Canterbury, UK


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