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The School of Computing is recognised for its world-leading research and has been ranked among the top universities for studying Computer Science in the UK.

Taught Courses

Our broad range of taught postgraduate courses (MSc, GDip) are designed to give you a head start in today's highly competitive job market; our graduates enjoy a very high employment rate. You also have the option to gain work experience while you study through our industrial placement scheme. The courses are taught mainly through lectures and seminars and you are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination.

Excellent teaching backed by world-class research

Our staff have won national and international prizes for teaching innovation. We have one National Teaching Fellow, one IET Fellow, two ACM Distinguished Scientists and one SIGCSE award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. Staff have authored best-selling textbooks in a variety of computer science topics.

We are home to the award-winning teaching systems (Greenfoot and BlueJ) which are used in over 1000 universities, colleges and schools around the world.

Our courses are taught by experts in their field. In the latest UK Research Assessment Excercise 95% of our research was judged of international quality with 65% rated as world leading or internationally excellent. Staff regularly win major grants from research councils and industry. Recent awards include £1.5M for research into areas such as information security, computational intelligence and memory management for multi-core systems.

Excellent funding

We offer substantial support with funding for taught courses available. We also offer a variety of scholarships, available to applicants from any country.

Great career prospects

We are consistently ranked in the top ten for student employment prospects (currently #5 in the UK). Our graduates go on to work for leading companies including Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Intel, Eli Lilly, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Thomson Reuters and T-Mobile. Many have gone on to develop their careers as project leaders and managers.

Students can gain practical work experience as part of their degree through our industrial placements scheme and the KITC which provides consultancy services to businesses in the region.

Excellent facilities

We provide dedicated laboratory and study facilities for Master's students.

A top university

Voted 3rd in the UK for overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2012).

Voted #2 university in the UK by international students (i-graduate International Student Barometer, summer 2009). Our English language support was voted the best in the UK.

Kent is a top 20 UK university.

Attractive, friendly and vibrant campuses

Our Canterbury campus is situated in parkland in the midst of the Kent countryside on a hill overlooking the city. It combines modern architecture with open green spaces, courtyards, gardens, ponds, woodland and a picturesque view across Canterbury and the Stour Valley. There are shops, cafes, bars, a cinema, theatre, music venue and nightclub. The city is within walking distance.

A new purpose-built graduate college provides accommodation for Master's students and serves as a focus for the wider postgraduate community, supporting academic and social activities.

Our students come from almost every country in the world and more than half are female. There are over 150 student societies and sports clubs from archery to volleyball, from chess to sci-fi, from jazz to rock, from break dancing to salsa.

Extensive sports facilities include a gym and cardio theatre, climbing wall, squash courts, an artificial "3G" football pitch and a new sports pavilion.

Vibrant and modern, the Medway campus has innovative buildings and facilities and excellent transport links. At Medway you can expect outstanding teaching, learning and leisure. Close to the River Medway, the campus houses award-winning buildings and brand new facilities, and has an exciting social life with a strong sense of community.

Safe and convenient locations

Canterbury has good transport links to London (1 hour by train) and is situated conveniently for the Eurostar rail service to Paris (2 hours by train from Ashford). Medway is less than 20 minutes to London by train.

Canterbury has the lowest crime rate of any university city in England and Wales (The Complete University Guide 2012).

Medway has many historic naval and literary links, and was once home to Charles Dickens.

Degree ceremonies take place in the historic setting of Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Medway students graduate in Rochester Cathedral, the second oldest cathedral in England.

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School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 25/07/2017