University of Kent, Medway Campus

University of Kent, Chatham, United Kingdom

No. Students: 19,665 (4,000 int'l)*
Funding type: Public

*: Approximate

Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons to study at University of Kent, Medway Campus

  • World-leading research Kents excellent performance in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) confirmed our position as one of the UKs leading universities. We are the only UK university to lead two prestigious Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates and are a leading partner in the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts in the South East (CHASE).
  • Strong academic community A thriving intellectual community of students and staff is fundamental to Kents position as a research-intensive University. Our Graduate School offers a unique Global Skills Programme to all taught masters students in order to enhance global awareness and personal development, as well as a comprehensive Researcher Development Programme.
  • A global outlook Kent has an excellent international reputation and our academic schools are engaged in collaborative research with universities from around the world. Many of our programmes have a strong international focus and Kents global outlook is strengthened by our longstanding links in Europe and strategic partnerships in SE Asia in particular.
  • £8.5m postgraduate scholarship funding We allocate over £6.5 million from our own funds and attract an additional £2 million to provide a variety of financial support opportunities for postgraduate students.
  • Kent was ranked 23rd in the UK in the 2012 Guardian University Guide, 24th in the UK for world-leading (4*) research in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008) and was 30th in the annual Times Higher Education (THE) 'Table of tables' for 2012.


The University of Kent is a leading research-intensive university in the south-east of England. Known as the UK’s European university, Kent offers many opportunities to study and work abroad. Kent offers academic excellence and a superb student experience.

Kent is a top 20 UK university (Guardian 2014). Students consistently rank Kent as offering one of the best student experiences in the UK. We scored 91% for overall satisfaction in the 2012 National Student Survey, placing us 3rd out of all publically funded, multi-faculty universities.

The University achieved an excellent performance in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) which confirmed our position as one of the UK's leading research universities. All our academic schools were found to be engaged in research of international and world-class standing. We have also maintained our Top 30 position in the THE ‘Tables of Tables for the second year running.

Kent offers a wide-range of excellent courses, spanning the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. We have campuses in Canterbury and Medway and postgraduate centres in Brussels, Paris, Rome and Athens. We have a cosmopolitan community with students of all ages and nationalities.



The University of Kent at Medway is based on a vibrant campus adjacent to the Historic Dockyard at Chatham Maritime, less than 45 minutes from London (St Pancras) by train with a fabulous mix of modern and historic buildings all with superb state-of-the-art facilities. The Drill Hall Library in particular is truly exceptional, offering spacious study facilities of the highest quality in a beautiful building. The School of Arts studios and workshops are based only a few minutes walk away in buildings which form part of the Historic Dockyard at Chatham Maritime. We have regenerated seven historic buildings to create teaching spaces plus professional standard workshops, studios, galleries and rehearsal and performance spaces. The Dockyard records 400 years of Royal Naval history with 47 scheduled ancient monuments on the 80-acre site as well as a Tardis and a fleet of milk floats. On the main campus, there are fully equipped teaching rooms and academic schools including an industry-standard multimedia newsroom for the Journalism programmes. The Pilkington Building includes a 180-seat lecture theatre, an exhibition room, teaching facilities, café and a social meeting area. The campus shop, which stocks food, household goods and is also a mini off-licence, is near to Pilkington; Coopers, a lively and vibrant bar which serves food and shows live sport, is close by. Contemporary accommodation is available in Liberty Quays located near the riverside and close to the main campus. It consists of purpose-built, high-quality, en-suite rooms for 400 students. Among the facilities at the Liberty Quays development is a Tesco Express store, together with other retail outlets.


Medway has a rich and fascinating history. Rochester Castle was one of the first keeps built by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest, while Rochester Cathedral where Kent holds its Medway graduation ceremonies is more than 1,400 years old. Medway also has a distinguished naval history the first ship built at Chathams dockyard took part in the defeat of the Armada. One of Medways most famous inhabitants was Charles Dickens, who lived in Chatham and Rochester. The new Medway Park sports centre is close to the main campus and its facilities are available to all students at discounted rates. Facilities includes sports halls, swimming pools, squash courts, health suites and an athletics track, and the University also has dedicated seminar, research and therapy rooms for sports students. The venue was an approved pre-Games training camp venue for 13 Olympic and eight Paralympic sports for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Nearby is a multiplex cinema, the Dockside retail outlet, wine bars, restaurants, Dickens World and the Strand Leisure Park.

Transport links

Medway is close to London with easy access via the M2/A2 and connections for both regular and high-speed trains. The Channel ports and Eurostar terminals at Ashford International and Ebbsfleet are all close and offer fast travel to mainland Europe including Paris and Brussels. The main London airports are within easy travelling distance. Local bus services travel between the campus, the railway stations and the Medway town centres (Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham). There is also a free shuttle service to the Canterbury campus.

Student life

There is a lively atmosphere on campus and a thriving student community, which gives you plenty of opportunities to play sport, join a society, socialise or take up a new interest.

Student union

Many social activities are run by the Universities at Medway Students Association (UMSA), which represents all students at the shared Medway campus and is responsible for making sure you will never be stuck for something to do when you put down your books.

UMSA organises social activities and runs the student bars and the campus shop. Ultimate control of UMSA lies in the hands of the students each year the student body elects officers to lead and oversee the direction of the Association and to make sure that students voices are always heard.

UMSA has achieved great success, winning three major awards including the National Union of Students (NUS) Best Bar None award and accreditation from the NUS Services Sound Impact Scheme, which rewards good environmental practice. Most recently, UMSA was granted Investors in People (IIP) status after receiving recognition for its staff communication, training and development programmes.

College master

The College Master for Medway is there to offer advice, help and support for all Kent students, and is your first port of call when you need assistance of any kind. Students can arrange to see the College Master at any time during the academic year, and all matters will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.


Medway Park

To enhance Medways sports facilities, the University of Kent committed £3 million towards the creation of a regional centre of sporting excellence called Medway Park. This £11 million project, led by Medway Council, has produced a multi-sport, state-of-the-art facility, located close to the campus. Kent students receive preferential rates to use its sports halls, pools, squash courts, health suites and athletics track. The University also has dedicated seminar, research and therapy rooms within Medway Park. The venue has even been approved as a pre-Games training camp venue for 13 Olympic and eight Paralympic sports.

Sport is a great way to get involved in university life and meet new people. There are a growing number of UMSA sports teams based at Medway, which welcome both serious athletes and beginners. Available sports include football (womens and mens), rugby, cricket, netball, hockey, golf, rowing, tennis, canoeing, snow sports, badminton and basketball. The mens football team has even won some silverware in recent times. The Universities at Medway Boat Race is an annual contest between all the universities on the Medway campus. It started in 2007 and has now become a major fixture in both the sporting and social calendars.

The Medway area includes a range of other sporting facilities, such as a dry ski slope and toboggan run, an ice rink, a go-karting circuit, an Olympic-standard trampoline centre and a number of sports and leisure centres. The Deansgate Ridge Sports Complex has an 18-hole golf course, athletics track and gym, and the Arethusa Venture Centre offers a great climbing wall and sailing activities.

Clubs and bars

Coopers is the bar at the heart of the Medway campus and serves quality pub food at studentfriendly prices. It has a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere and is equipped with comfy sofas, widescreen TVs (which show all the major sporting fixtures), a Nintendo Wii, an X-box and a separate pool room. There are regular themed nights and you can party the night away as it has a late licence.

Off campus, the Medway towns have great pubs and clubs which offer regular discounts. A student favourite is Preach nightclub in Gillingham, which is open four nights a week. There are three rooms offering themed parties and a range of music styles including dance, R&B/urban and a great mix of 70s and 80s. The Blues Rock Café at Gillingham football stadium is a short walk away from Liberty Quays and is another popular student haunt, with a dedicated student night on Wednesdays, which offers great discounts and plays the very latest in dance, garage and R&B.

Medways excellent location also means you can easily venture out and explore other areas. Maidstone is about 25 minutes away and offers great bars and clubs to suit everyone. London is easily accessible by train.

The campus is five minutes walk from a multiplex cinema and there are two theatres in Chatham that offer the very best in comedy, art, drama and music. Medway is a prime location and regularly attracts big names to its venues. Recent acts include Derek Acorah, Derren Brown, Frankie Boyle and The Backbeat Beatles. The Brook Theatre is home to the Medway Comedy Club, where you can spend an irreverent evening with some of the best comics on the UK circuit.

Societies and groups

The wide range of societies available at Medway reflects the diverse nature of the campus community and we aim to have something for everyone. Our societies include Amnesty International, Dance, Irish, Islamic, Spanish, Music, RAG and gaming, to name just a few. Different faiths and nationalities are also well represented. UMSA also runs a campus student newspaper and is always on the lookout for budding journalists. Alternatively, if you cant find something that reflects what youre interested in, UMSA offers help and financial support to start your own society.

The Medway region

Kents Medway campus is part of Chatham Maritime, on the mouth of the river Medway, and it is next to Chatham Historic Dockyard. The Chatham Maritime area has received a huge investment in recent years and includes a multiplex cinema, a large retail outlet and a number of bars and restaurants, all within walking distance of the main campus.

Culture and leisure

Medway is a vibrant and bustling area with lots of things to see and do. Students are entitled to concessions at many of Medway Councils leisure centres, attractions and entertainment venues. There are six gyms, five leisure centres, and a fantastic soccer centre, Kicks, which has third-generation astroturf the best possible artificial surface. There are exciting arts programmes at The Brook and The Central entertainment venues, which are less than ten minutes from the campus. The Brook also hosts a monthly comedy club. There is an annual arts festival and a variety of other festivals are held throughout the year.


Medway has a rich and fascinating history. Rochester Castle was one of the first large stone keeps built by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest, while Rochester Cathedral where Kent holds its Medway graduation ceremonies is more than 1,400 years old, making it the second oldest cathedral in the United Kingdom.

Medway also has a long and distinguished naval history. For instance, the first ship built at Chathams Dockyard took part in the defeat of the Armada; Lord Horatio Nelson joined his first ship at Chatham; and his famous flagship, The Victory, was built here.

One of Medways most famous inhabitants was Charles Dickens, who lived in Chatham as a child, and later at Gadshill Place in Rochester for 14 years until his death. The Medway region also features in many Dickens novels and every year the Dickens Festival celebrates his legacy. The £62 million Dickens World tourist attraction is located at Chatham Maritime and has been used as a location for music videos and various BBC programmes. It is a multi-purpose venue, hosting special events such as Jongleurs comedy and theme nights.

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