Becoming a postgraduate in the School of Computing
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.
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 courseswork and examination.
If you are interested in studying for a research degree (PhD, MSc) you can opt for one of our recommended research projects or suggest a project of your own. We provide you with an extensive support framework and encourage your involvement in the international research community. You will undertake original individual study in a specified area of computing under the guidance of an academic supervisor. A full-time PhD degree will require a minimum of three years work; an MSc research degree can be completed in one year.
Why choose Kent
Our world-leading researchers, in key areas such as security, communications, computational intelligence, grid computing, and memory management and interdisciplinary work with biosciences and psychology, have earned us an outstanding result in the most recent national research assessment of UK universities (RAE 2008). Two of our staff hold Royal Society Industrial Fellowships and we also have two ACM Distinguished Scientists.
An internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for Programming Education, the School of Computing is a leader in computer science teaching. We have the first British academic in 30 years to receive the ACM SIGCSE award for 'outstanding contribution to computer science education'. We are also home to two National Teaching Fellows, authors of widely used textbooks, and two award-winning teaching systems (Greenfoot and BlueJ) which are used in over 1000 institutions world-wide.
We offer substantial support with funding for taught courses and funding for research degrees available. We also offer a variety of scholarships, available to applicants from any country, ranging from discounts on tuition fees through to EPSRC funding including maintenance grants for EU applicants.
Greater career prospects
We are in the top twenty in the UK for graduate employment prospects (Guardian 2011) and have strong industrial links with leading companies, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle/Sun Microsystems. Taught Masters students can gain a competitive advantage over other graduates by gaining work experience through our optional work placement scheme for up to 50 weeks or through the Kent IT Clinic, our project-based consultancy service for local businesses.
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