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School of Biosciences – quality teaching and research

The School of Biosciences combines high quality teaching and cutting-edge research with a supportive environment, attracting students globally

Within our School, we are proud of our collaborative approach. Our friendly and supportive atmosphere encourages everyone to contribute and reach their full potential. At Kent, academics, researchers and students are all part of the same close-knit scientific community. We welcome staff and students from all over the world and have a strong commitment to equality and diversity within everything we do. Together we create success.

School of Biosciences

Inspirational teaching

We aim to inspire enthusiasm and enhance understanding. Our staff are skilled at bringing their subject to life and putting you in touch with the latest research. All postgraduate and final-year undergraduate students are taught by academics with research experience in the area being studied.

Our emphasis on problem solving and laboratory work allows you to develop a confidence that can extend well beyond your studies, allowing you to tackle new and unfamiliar challenges. This aspect of our teaching has proved to be popular with many employers and we have an outstanding record for graduate employment.

Supportive environment

Study support is a priority for us. The theory you learn during your degree is always backed up by sessions in the lab with an experienced supervisor. Whenever you need extra support, your Academic Adviser will offer help and guidance to make sure you reach your full potential.

Research excellence

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 88% of our submissions were rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. We were placed in the top 10 in the UK for research intensity according to the Times Higher Education (THE).

We currently have over 20 research groups and attract funding from sponsors including Horizon2020, the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, the Gates Foundation and UK research councils. We also have joint projects with a wide range of companies, research institutes, other universities and the NHS.

Our research benefits all our students and we offer many opportunities to take part, for instance, during final-year undergraduate or postgraduate research projects, summer internships, or by joining the lab apprenticeship scheme.

Professional accreditation

All our undergraduate and taught postgraduate degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). Our undergraduate sandwich degrees have advanced accreditation, in recognition of an extended period of professional practice. This gives you, and potential employers, reassurance about the relevance and quality of your degree.

Our undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Science are also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Accreditation by two professional bodies allows us to support our graduates in whatever direction they choose to take their career.

Employer networks

The School has excellent links with many local employers, as well as companies throughout the UK and mainland Europe. These links are a key component of our sandwich placement degrees and supported by a full-time Employability Officer.

Excellent facilities

The School has excellent teaching and research laboratories. Research capability is supported by three research facilities (Biomolecular Science, Biological NMR and Cell Image Analysis) with an impressive range of equipment including high-definition mass spectrometry, 600 MHz NMR spectroscopy, and super-resolution confocal microscopy.

The School also has specialist equipment in fast reaction kinetics, fermentation, anaerobic sample handling, automated sample handling and class 3 containment.

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