Why choose us?
Ten good reasons to choose the School of Computing at the University of Kent.
Our reputation for providing top quality graduates puts Kent third out of all computing departments for graduate prospects in the Guardian league tables for 2015.
All of the undergraduate programmes have a high proportion of graduates either going on to further study or to professional or managerial jobs.
2. Student satisfaction
Our students have high satisfaction with their courses. 93% of Computer Science with a Year in Industry students were satisfied with their course overall. It was 88% for all other School of Computing programmes.
3. Industrial experience
During your degree you can gain industrial experience with leading companies in the UK and overseas as part of a Year in Industry with support to find industry experience from the School’s placement office. This experience means that after graduation many of our students go on to work for world-class businesses. The School of Computing can also provide commercial experience working as a student consultant within our KITC.
4. World leading research
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) the School performed very strongly. Our research impact was especially impressive, with 100% of our submission being rated either world leading or internationally excellent. This indicates that the work in the School has considerable influence beyond academia. All our full-time academic staff submitted research to the REF showing that our research is significant in both breadth and depth.. You get a chance to study subjects close to the leading edge in areas such as artificial intelligence, computer security, parallel systems, bio-inspired computing and mobile computing.
5. Teaching excellence
Kent has developed two leading object-oriented teaching environments for the Java programming language – BlueJ and Greenfoot. Our staff have also written several internationally acclaimed textbooks for learning programming, which are used worldwide.
The School of Computing has been awarded the status of Centre of Excellence in Object-Oriented Programming and two of our staff have received the SIGCSE Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education.
6. Wide ranging courses
We offer a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes ranging from the more technical Computer Science courses through to joint honours degrees. Our undergraduate programmes include professional accreditation by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
7. Attractive campuses
The School of Computing is based at the Canterbury and Medway campuses. Both sites have excellent facilities and combine a very safe and friendly environment with a great location, a wealth of cultural links and superb transport connections to London and continental Europe.
8. Excellent study support
We provide excellent support including access to web-based information systems, podcasts and web forums for students who can benefit from extra help. We use innovative teaching methods, including BlueJ and LEGO® Mindstorms for teaching Java programming. The library has over a million books, periodicals and journals, many of which are available online and can be used remotely as well as on campus.
9. Broad range of careers
Our graduates have launched their careers in many different sectors including finance and insurance, technology and IT, commerce, engineering, government, education, and health. Leading companies, such as, BAE Systems, Cisco, IBM, Disney, CitiGroup and BT, are keen to employ our graduates.
10. Competitive salaries
The average starting salary of School of Computing graduates is an impressive £25,000 to £27,000 (compared with a national average of £24,000 for similar courses).