The University of Kent Paris programmes offer a unique selection of innovative and cross-disciplinary postgraduate degrees in the Humanities. Students begin their one-year MA in the world heritage city of Canterbury and relocate in the spring term to the heart of the Montparnasse district of Paris, near the famous Latin Quarter, the Sorbonne University and the glorious Jardin du Luxembourg.

These two-centre programmes offer students the exceptional opportunity to study film, art, creative writing, literature, history and architecture, following in the footsteps of eminent intellectuals who lived in, and took inspiration from, these cities.

Leading authorities in their fields, Kent’s staff are known for their research-led teaching which is further enhanced by the cultural, linguistic and experiential immersion in the capitals of European culture and knowledge.

Our staff are experts on both historic cities and teaching is delivered utilising the extensive resources available including the museums, exhibitions, landmarks and culturally significant locations which bring your subject to life.

Kent attracts ambitious and cultured students from all over the world who enjoy the unique learning experience provided by the 'UK's European University'.

You earn an internationally respected UK degree, using English for your studies while developing your French language skills before and whilst living and studying in Paris, one of the most exhilarating cultural capitals in the world.

Kent's Graduate School provides support through initiatives such as the Global Skills Award and applicants are invited to apply for University scholarships to fund their studies.

First term at Canterbury campus

The first term is spent at Kent’s main campus in Canterbury which is built on 300 acres of parkland and is less than 20 minutes’ walk from Canterbury city centre. Residential, teaching and administrative buildings are surrounded by green open spaces, fields and woods. The campus is self-contained and includes student accommodation, a library, sports centre, theatre, music performance centre, nightclub, cinema, places to eat and bars, shops, a bookshop, medical centre, day nursery, public access computer rooms, a chapel, launderettes and bus stops. If you want to explore the city centre, it is less than 30 minutes from campus and is on a direct bus route. The Complete University Guide 2012 ranks Canterbury as the safest university city in England and Wales.

Master's Programmes


Reid Hall facilities

Study facilities at Reid Hall include computer workstations, free wi-fi access and full audiovisual equipment in classrooms. There is also a state-of the-art multimedia room for viewing films. The picturesque courtyards act as convivial social spaces, while common rooms inside the Hall include a library and a lecture hall which is also used for parties and celebrations.

The University offers an ongoing programme of cultural and social events, and you may also participate in Reid Halls programme of cultural activities, which includes concerts, lectures and conferences.

Reid Hall is open from Monday to Saturday 8am - 9pm. In August it is open 9am - 5pm and is closed on Sundays and French bank holidays.

Film facilities

Reid Hall has dedicated wide-screen viewing facilities and there are film and video facilities at the Paris VII main library. Books on cinema are available at the Paris III Nouvelle Sorbonne main library, where our students may obtain readers cards.

Bibliothèque du Film

This important film library is based above the Cinémathèque at 51 Rue de Bercy 75012 Paris (Métro: Bercy).

This library has extensive collections relating to the study of Film. All students studying the Film module in Paris will have membership of this library for the spring term. Membership provides access to their reference collections and also entitles you to watch any film you require in the library using their excellent viewing facilities. If they dont have the film you want, they will usually obtain it for you within 24 hours. Membership also entitles you to reduced entry for the main Cinémathèque daily screenings of films from all over the world. The Iconothèque located at the library also enables you to purchase photographs of stills from films in any format ranging from a jpeg or tiff file, an A4 photocopy, through to enlargements of all sizes for wall display.

Vidéothèque de Paris is a video library with thousands of films. Forum des Halles 2, Grande Galerie 75001 PARIS Phone: 01 44 76 62 00. Métro: Les Halles

Cinémathèque française has daily screenings of films from all over the world.51 Rue de Bercy 75012 Paris, France Tel: 01 71 19 33 33 Métro: Bercy

Additional facilities

English-language study centres available in Paris include the library of the University of Paris VII, with over 20,000 works in English, and the American Library, founded in 1920, with over 115,000 books, as well as 350 current periodicals, the latest newspapers and weekly cultural and social events. Our postgraduates have borrowing rights from both these institutions.Film Studies postgraduates also have access to the library and research resources of the Cinémathèque française.

The spectacular Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library) and the Public Library at the Centre Pompidou also offer extensive, open-access English-language resources and excellent research facilities.

Films may be viewed at the French National Cinémathèque and Cinema Museum, at the Paris Forum des Images and Vidéothèque, at the Centre Pompidou, and in commercial and art-house cinemas across the city.


All UKP students will have library cards for Université Diderot Paris VII which allows them to borrow books from their new 5-storey library facilities as well as from the Institut Charles V, their institute of English and American Studies. You will also have membership of the American Library in Paris. There are free library facilities six days and evenings per week at the Centre Pompidou. The Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterrand is currently free to use in the evenings, but you have to pay a small fee to study there during the day. Film Studies students will also have membership of the Cinémathèque Française library.

Student Life

Our Paris centre is at Reid Hall, an 18th century building in the historic heart of Montparnasse where Picasso and Modigliani had their studios, and near cafés that were frequented by Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway.

Reid Hall is a beautiful and convivial space where you can meet students and staff not only from Kent but also from other institutions established there, including Columbia University, Barnard College and Dartmouth College.

For students with a passion for literature, art, history and music, Paris offers an unrivalled choice of libraries, galleries, museums, cinemas, theatres, clubs, cabarets and concert halls. Reid Hall is only a few minutes walk from the Luxembourg Gardens an expansive, classically designed park, much frequented by students from the Sorbonne and other Latin-Quarter institutions.

Academic and support staff who are with you during your time in Paris will provide advice and guidance on how you can get involved in the life of the city and how such activities can both complement your studies and make your stay in Paris a life-enhancing experience.

Transport connections

Paris, its region and the whole of France have an excellent transport system, offering you the opportunity for trips to Zolas house in Médan, Rodins house and studios in Meudon, Monets house and gardens in Giverny or, further afield, to the châteaux of the Loire, to Lyons, Marseilles or the Picasso museum in Antibes on the Côte dAzur. Trips to Italy, Spain and other neighbouring countries are easily organised.

The city is served by three airports and is only around two hours from the UK by high-speed train.

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