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The School of Physical Sciences is situated in a newly refurbished teaching and laboratory building on the Canterbury Campus of the University of Kent.
The School is part of the Faculty of Sciences and offers a variety of postgraduate taught and research programmes in Chemistry, Forensic Science and Physics. Our student and staff community come from a diverse range of backgrounds and from all over the world. SPS graduates do very well in the employment market as a result of our high-quality teaching, and many of our alumni around the world also occupy prominent positions in the public sector, in industry and in academia.
The School offers both taught and research postgraduate opportunities. The research programme leads to Doctorate and Masters' degrees with a range of cutting-edge research projects available.
The EuroMasters in Physics is a taught programme, based on what has become the European standard, combining one taught year with a second research year. Scholarships are available. The new MSc in Forensic Science Taught launched in 2012.
SPS is a dynamic department achieving national and international excellence in both teaching and research. The research is led by four groups: Applied Optics, the Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Forensic Imaging and Functional Materials. The Functional Materials Group was awarded a rating of 3.05 in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (most recent RAE) which placed the group second nationally in its discipline. We have numerous collaborative links with colleagues in other universities and research institutions, both in the UK and overseas. Our research effort is constantly expanding with a significant growth in our academic staff and a subsequent growing number of postgraduate research students - who become involved in our teaching and outreach activities. The recent expansion has meant that our research expertise as a School has increased, particularly in the field of Chemistry which has further developed our standing in Materials Chemistry.
The School is also part of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet), a consortium of seven world-class universities whose aim is to change the face of physics, by leading the way with high quality research, teaching and outreach activities.
This is an exciting time for the School with new facilities and new academic experts joining us to compliment our expanding student population.
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The University of Kent is the UK’s European university. As a top 20 research institution we have a dynamic and challenging academic environment underpinned by an international perspective and a global community
Chemistry is a fundamental science that underpins a vast array of topics and our research based Master's will extend your depth and breadth of knowledge in a number of areas such as analytical chemistry, experimental design, advanced laboratory techniques, spectroscopy, computational and materials chemistry. Read more
This programme is for graduates with a strong grounding in forensic science who wish to advance their knowledge of the field. It prepares you for a professional role in forensic science within the criminal or civil judicial system, police or forensic practice, or research. Read more
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. Read more