Kent Business School

Kent Business School

Kent Business School (KBS) is one of the UK’s top 20 business schools and has the ambition to grow in both calibre and size. We are entrepreneurial and international in outlook and view ourselves as a research-intensive business school that produces rigorous and applicable knowledge. We are committed to developing employable graduates and informing the practice of management for a sustainable future. The appointment of new and highly motivated staff has transformed the research culture within the School, attracting interest nationally and internationally.

KBS is the largest school within the University and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The School has 2435 students and 144 staff. We offer a strong and growing portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research programmes on our two campuses in Canterbury and Medway. The School also delivers part of its MBA programme in Brussels and Paris.

We are investing in our programmes, staff, and facilities. In Canterbury, KBS moved into their new home ‘The Sibson Building’ in early 2017. The state-of-the-art building with new teaching and learning rooms and modern social and breakout areas, encapsulate KBS academic values and identity.

In Medway, KBS has recently re-located to the Historic Dockyard, occupying the ‘Sail and Colour Loft’. Here, modern learning facilities feature within an iconic historic building forming inspiring learning spaces. The growth and development of the Business School is critical to the sustainability of the University’s presence at Medway and the move to the Historic Dockyard presents an exciting opportunity for expansion of the Business School.


We are a forward–looking Business School with international reach and research strengths in a range of areas. The School has successfully developed the level and standard of its research in the REF 2014, which has allowed us to submit more than 70% of our research active staff, building on a base of more than half of the School's research activity (67%) being classified as 'world leading/internationally excellent' (3* and 4*).

Kent Business School's overall GPA weighted ranking positions the School at 32 in the UK for business and management studies, with 76% of research submitted by Kent Business School gaining the top 3 or 4-star rating for its impact, deeming it either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ with wide ranging impacts on society, the economy, culture, health and welfare, public policy and the environment.

Our strategic priority is to continue to develop the School’s research and impact by appointing new, especially senior, staff and through developing the potential of our current staff. We expect our senior faculty to be enthusiastic and entrepreneurial research leaders who set an example for colleagues throughout the School.

The School’s research portfolio is currently focussed around six subject areas:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management Science (including Operations Research & Information Systems)
  • Marketing
  • Strategy and International Business
  • People, Management and Organisation

We encourage collaboration across groups and welcome the contributions of new faculty members to take an active role in shaping the research agenda in the subjects as well as cross-cutting themes, such as sustainability, innovation and enterprise. We are keen to collaborate across disciplines and subject areas with a view to demonstrate impact. Where appropriate we seek to complement our strengths by actively developing partnerships inside and outside the University. The School is also keen to increase its research and consultancy income.

Learning and Teaching

At KBS we see ourselves as a research-led school that takes teaching seriously. We feel strongly about delivering a top-quality learning experience and are looking to recruit likeminded scholars who feel passionate about teaching. The University and Kent Business School have repeatedly demonstrated excellence in learning and teaching. For example:

  • In the 2018 Complete University Guide Kent Business School was ranked 4th in South East England for both Business and Management and Marketing student satisfaction.
  • In the 2018 Guardian University Guide Kent Business School was ranked 10th in the UK for Business, Management & Marketing graduating students’ career prospects.
  • In the 2017 National Student Survey, Kent Business School was awarded a 89% student satisfaction rate overall.

The School has a strong portfolio of taught programmes that attracts a considerable number of highly qualified students. Currently, we offer a comprehensive set of undergraduate programmes covering accounting & finance, business & management, marketing as well as international business. Most of our programmes are accredited by the relevant professional bodies. All our programmes have achieved high employability ratings, which is also the result of a highly successful Year in Industry scheme.

At postgraduate level the School offers an MBA programme in full-time and executive modes, Masters programmes in management and international business as well as specialist MSc’s in international accounting and finance, finance, international banking and finance, finance and management, finance investment and risk, HRM and International HRM and marketing as well as, business analytics, logistics and supply chain management and digital marketing and analytics. The School has also established successful dual award programmes with Hong Kong Baptist University.

We are seeking to develop further this strong portfolio and launch new, attractive programmes of study, working together with other Schools and international partners.

Business, Partnerships, Entrepreneurship and Employability

As one of the UK’s leading business schools, we form strong partnerships with individuals, companies and organisations to develop their performance. With an emphasis on enterprise and sustainability, we aim to offer solutions to business challenges and share expertise in the form of consultancy, executive education, research partnerships and networking opportunities.

KBS prides itself in its student talent and developing employable graduates is part of our mission and an area of considerable success for the School. At KBS there are a number of initiatives and activities to support student employability. Our Year in Industry student placement scheme has proved to be an important feature, driving significant student growth in recent years.

Our ASPIRE project (Accelerator Space for Innovation and Responsible Enterprise) provides essential resources for student entrepreneurs including start-up acceleration support informed by the latest research into innovation and enterprise and easy access to mentors and investors. This supports the University of Kent's entrepreneurial talent development and significantly contributes to a culture of entrepreneurship.

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