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Study Psychology at the University of Kent United Kingdom

The Department of Psychology at the University of Kent offers a supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning. We use a variety of methods including experimental, survey and archival approaches. Most of our PhD students are funded by a combination of United Kingdom ESRC awards, departmental studentships and part-time teaching.

Applications are welcome for our coursework Masters degrees, which start in mid-September, and for postgraduate research to begin any time but preferably in September.

Our Graduate Programmes

We offer six coursework Masters degrees (MSc) covering a broad spectrum of psychological disciplines:

MSc in Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology

MSc in Forensic Psychology

MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

MSc in Health Psychology

MSc in Research Methods in Psychology

MSc in Social and Applied Psychology

These consist of advanced training in statistics and methodology, specialist courses, and an empirical research project. They are excellent training courses if you intend to pursue a higher degree by research or a career in the human services.

All our taught MSc programmes can be taken either full-time (for one year) or part-time (over two years).

We also offer supervision for full-time or part-time research degrees (MPhil and PhD) in the following areas:

Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology

Developmental Psychology

Forensic Psychology

Health Psychology

Social Psychology

Why Choose Kent?

Our department

The Psychology Department has built a strong research reputation in the areas of cognitive psychology and neuropsychology, developmental psychology, forensic psychology, health psychology, and social psychology (including group processes and intergroup relations) - with two formally constituted research centres. Our research was graded 4 in its last national research evaluation exercise, with the social psychology research group graded as 5*, the highest grade available. We have 30 teaching staff, 15 research staff, 46 MSc students, and 42 PhD students.

As a postgraduate researcher, you will have the opportunity to become part of a specialist group, attending group research meetings and becoming involved in ongoing programmes of research. You will be able to learn more about research in psychology by attending the Thursday afternoon research seminars given by visiting speakers and to gain teaching experience (and earn money) working as a part-time seminar leader or practical demonstrator in the Department. Finally, you will benefit in your research from our well-established links with outside organisations such as the Prison Service, the National Health Service, and local schools, and from the use of our excellent laboratories and equipment.

Our facilities

Our facilities for both laboratory and field research are outstanding. The Department has a new building housing state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities. Our social psychology suite contains three fully equipped colour video studios and 39 research laboratories all containing networked computers.

We have a fully-equipped suite of cognitive laboratories, complete with EEG/ERP (event related brain potential) equipment, eye tracking equipment, four Dell workstations, and soundproofed cubicles.

We have a dedicated health psychology suite that has been equipped with Bio-Pac computing equipment to allow for a range of physiological measures to be taken during stressful and other tasks.

Our location

The Department of Psychology is based on an attractive and friendly campus overlooking the city of Canterbury, 90 minutes from London and 30 minutes from ferry, Eurostar and Channel Tunnel links to mainland Europe.

From the University, it is only a short walk into the city centre where you will find shops, bars and restaurants. The picturesque costal town of Whitstable with its world famous oysters is five miles to the north.

Situated on 300 acres of parkland in the midst of the Kent countryside, the University of Kent's Canterbury campus combines modern architecture with open green spaces, courtyards, gardens, ponds and woodland. The University was founded in 1965 and today has 15, 000 students of over 110 different nationalities.

Accommodation is available on campus and throughout the city. As well as excellent support, health and welfare services, the campus offers a wide range of leisure activities including sports, clubs and societies, cinema and music. There is a well-equipped sports centre, with a fitness suite, dance studio, squash courts and sports halls. The Gulbenkian Theatre hosts a variety of performances including many well known comedians, actors and musicians. There is a cinema on campus and a range of bars and eateries.

Degree ceremonies take place in the historic setting of Canterbury Cathedral.

How to Apply

For informal enquiries regarding graduate opportunities at Kent, or for an application pack, please contact Postgraduate Admissions (Tel: +44 1227 827709, Email ).

Entry requirements

The normal postgraduate entry requirement is an Upper Second (2:1) or First Class Honours degree in Psychology or a closely related discipline.

Applicants for the MSc in Forensic Psychology, the MSc in Health Psychology and the MSc in Research Methods in Psychology must be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). If you are unsure about whether your degree qualifies you for it, you should apply immediately for details to:

The British Psychological Society

St Andrews House

48 Princess Road East

Leicester LE1 7DR

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 116 254 9568

Fax: +44 116 247 0787


Fees and funding

Details of full-time and part-time fees for EU and International postgraduates are given on the University of Kent website at /studying/postgrad/money/fees.html.

Details of funding and scholarship opportunities for postgraduate students can be found at /recruitment/PG_Funding/.


Postgraduate Enquiries

Department of Psychology

Keynes College

University of Kent


Kent CT2 7NP

Tel: +44 1227 827709

Fax: +44 1227 827030



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Postgraduate Enquiries

Department of Psychology

Keynes College

University of Kent


Kent CT2 7NP

Tel: +44 1227 827709

Fax: +44 1227 827030