A world-class business school combining rigorous teaching with real world relevance and strong links to the business community.
Our research, which is within the top 30 business schools, underpins and enhances our teaching. Our flagship programme, the Kent MBA, has AMBA accreditation and together with our Masters in Management, Marketing, Business Analytics, Human Resource Management, Logistics, Management Science, Value Chain Management and programmes in finance and accounting, we continue to attract applicants with a wide range of backgrounds from 102 countries leading to excellent results in the 2012 Guardian and Sunday Times university league tables.
Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.
The School currently has 60 PhD students, who form a dynamic and close-knit research community.
Course structureWe have international expertise in the following areas: accounting; finance, operational research, international business strategy, organisational behaviour, human resource management, marketing and supply chain management. Supervisors are not allocated until each applicants qualifications and eligibility have been checked after submitting a full application online.
Masters and PhD degrees are available in most of these areas or in the general subject area of management.
Study supportPostgraduate resources
Kent Business School occupies a purpose-designed building consisting of executive learning facilities with wireless provision throughout. Each postgraduate student is assigned a specific member of academic staff who acts as your first point of contact throughout your studies. There is a lively postgraduate community at the School, with plenty of space to relax and interact with your fellow students and our academic staff.
An international focus
Kent Business School has more than 50 internationally recognised academics from 22 different countries. Most of our teaching faculty are involved with researching the latest issues in business and management, working with organisations to provide new insight for business leaders and policymakers. Their knowledge and findings feed into the programmes to ensure they are both cutting-edge and globally relevant.
Kent Business School has close links with: ifs (Institute of Financial Services); dunnhumby, who partner the Consumer Insight Service in the Centre for Value Chain Research; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, where we have strong research links in tourism management; Deggendorf University of Applied Sciences (Germany); Chinese Academy of Sciences; Hong Kong Baptist University, with whom we offer a joint Masters programme in Operational Research and Finance Business Statistics; University of Castellanza (Italy); University of the Littoral (France); University of Lille (France); University of Rouen (France); University of Deusto (Spain); and University of Tasmania (Australia).
Dynamic publishing culture
Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Critical Perspectives on Accounting; Quantitative Finance; Human Resource Management Journal; International Journal of Market Research; European Journal of Operational Research. Details of recently published books can be found within our staff research interests.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
A 2.1 at undergraduate level and, for PhD applicants, a Merit at Masters level in a relevant discipline from a UK or other approved university and/or equivalent. You must submit a research proposal of approximately 1,500 words on your intended topic.
PhD applicants who do not hold a first class honours degree (if still completing their Masters programme) or a relevant Masters degree with Distinction will be asked to pay a £100 application fee (deductible from the first years fees).
For funding, refer to website for details.