The School of Physical Sciences at Kent has an excellent reputation for research and teaching, and is located on the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent in a newly renovated teaching and laboratory building, following an investment of £10 million.
The School is part of the Faculty of Sciences and offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research programmes in Chemistry, Forensic Science and Physics. Our Chemistry, Forensic Science and Physics undergraduate programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year working in industry, while our Physics and Astronomy undergraduate programmes give our students the chance to spend a year studying at one of our partner campuses abroad.
The School offers postgraduate research Masters and PhDs in Physics and Chemistry, plus a one-year taught postgraduate Forensic Science Masters programme and a two-year postgraduate Physics Euromasters course, consisting of one year taught and one year research.
Our programmes are consistently rated highly for graduate prospects in tables such as the Guardian University Guide, and two of our subjects are in the top ten for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for overall satisfaction.
Our students have access to first-class research facilities housing state-of-the-art equipment, including a full characterisation suite for materials. All students also have access to the new Beacon Observatory, used in both teaching and for research purposes.
Research in the School covers topics within physics, astronomy and chemistry, from theoretical work on surfaces to mainstream experimental condensed matter physics, astrobiology, space science and astrophysics, and applied areas such as biomedical and forensic imaging. The research is led by four groups: Applied Optics, the Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Forensic Imaging and Functional Materials.
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, research by the School of Physical Sciences was ranked 7th in the UK for research impact and a demonstration of its importance to industry and the public sector. An impressive 100% of our physics research and 98% of our chemistry research was judged to be of international quality, and the School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence in both cases.
The School is part of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet), a consortium of world-class universities whose aim is to change the face of physics, leading the way with high quality research, teaching and outreach activities. We also have numerous collaborative links with universities and research institutions, both in the UK and overseas. Our research effort is constantly expanding with a significant growth in our academic staff and a subsequent growing number of postgraduate research students – who often become involved in our teaching and outreach activities.
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