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About the course

Research degrees may be undertaken in the three main areas of research interest in the Laboratory. The growing number of academic staff are supported in their research by the technical staff and post-doctoral research fellows.

We make every attempt to allocate you to a supervisor directly in your field of interest, consistent with available funding and staff loading. When you apply, please give specific indications of your research interest – including, where appropriate, the member(s) of staff you wish to work with – and whether you are applying for a studentship or propose to be self-funded.

About The School of Physical Sciences

The School offers postgraduate students the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking science in the realms of physics, chemistry, forensics and astronomy.

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Entry Requirements

A first or second class honours degree in Physics or Chemistry. We will also consider applicants with degrees in computer science, electronics, biochemistry or other closely related disciplines.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

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Student Profile(s)

Reeya Oogarah

Why did you choose at Kent?
I came here to do my BSc (Hons) degree in Forensic Science because the course came first in the UK in the NSS and I was also very impressed with the programme structure. Kent has a large campus with lots of facilities and lovely views of Canterbury.

What are you researching?
I’m working on solid state chemistry materials, namely chalcogenides, making new compounds which contain oxygen, selenium and sulphur, which is toxic. As per their property measurements, I will infer what their use might be in practical settings such as engineering.

What are you enjoying about your studies?
I’m enjoying the amount of knowledge I’m gaining, in particular from my supervisor, who is so passionate about her subject. I am benefiting from attending training courses to expand my grasp of my subject area.

How does postgraduate study differ from undergraduate study?
Studying for a PhD is more like having a full-time job, you have to be in pretty much from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. As a PhD student you have to do your own research and supervise project students or teach, which I love because I enjoy sharing knowledge.

What career are you interested in?
Ideally I’d like a career in the international oil industry, in a research capacity based off-shore if possible. Teaching is always a possibility and I’ve been tutoring people for quite a while.

How will your studies at Kent will affect your employment prospects?
The University of Kent is in a good position in the UK, it’s a good university and has a good ranking, so I think studying here will stand me in good stead with future. I have learnt a lot of transferable skills throughout my time here and the Graduate School workshops help.

What does doing a further degree give you that a first degree doesn’t?
It gives you a better chance of getting a job and having a second degree makes you stand out from the crowd in the job market.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about taking a research degree at Kent?
When you study for a PhD you are specialising in your chosen field and you need to be passionate about it because you’re going to spend a lot of time working on it.


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