University profile

Keele University

2023/24 edition

About Keele University

Founded in 1949, by the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, we are proud of our heritage of over 70 years of history as a leading British university. We are committed, now more than ever, to our founding ethos of supporting and developing confident, academically astute and critical thinking students, who can progress in their career and reach their goals.

Keele is located in the heart of England on a beautiful 600-acre campus. We are ideally situated right by a bustling university town, Newcastle-under-Lyme, minutes away from the ever-developing city of Stoke-on-Trent and less than an hour away from Manchester and Birmingham and only 90 minutes by train to London.

Whatever your area of study, we deliver a unique and international learning experience for postgraduate students. We teach in small groups, provide one-to-one access to our academics and value the quality of our teaching as highly as our research.

For postgraduates, our rural campus community provides an environment that is focused, relevant and mature. We are one of the only universities in the country to offer an on campus Postgraduate Association (KPA), which is a student union that specialises in representing the interests of postgraduate students, arranging events and offering support throughout your studies.

Keele is dedicated to improving the world for the better and is continually engaged in cutting-edge research, with 97% of our research classified as world leading, or of international importance (Research Excellence Framework 2014). You will have full access to our respected academics and you will benefit from a reputation for excellence in research. Our Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences will provide you with a hub for debate, academic enquiry, interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as fresh thinking for the great challenges the world faces today.

Since its inception, Keele University has been pushing boundaries to create an impact locally, nationally and globally. Our impact spans world-leading research, cutting-edge innovation, forward-thinking business support, an outstanding Science and Innovation Park and talent via our global network of alumni.

Find out more about how we are making a difference.

Our interdisciplinary institutes are undertaking cutting edge research that aims to tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges. They bring students, academics and researchers together from across the University, and serve as hubs that stimulate collaboration and debate. Find out more about our Research Institutes.

It’s little wonder our global students and alumni community are as individual as the University itself: progressive and accomplished, clear about who they are and what they want to be, equipped to meet some of the big challenges the world today presents, for the good of society and enterprise. It’s the Keele difference.

Find out more about Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research opportunities. Keele Alumni are eligible for up to 20% discount on the standard postgraduate tuition fee (terms and conditions apply). Find out more about our Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships.

Why Study at Keele?

We’re proud that students from over 120 nationalities have studied at Keele, learning from our eminent academics, advancing knowledge, and contributing to our global impact.

  • Consistently ranked in the top three in England for student satisfaction (of broad-based universities), NSS 2014-2019
  • Medicine at Keele is ranked in the UK Top 3, behind Oxford and ahead of Cambridge (Guardian University Guide 2020
  • £45 million invested to redevelop our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths facilities on campus
  • 96% of our graduates were in a job or further study six months following graduation (DLHE, 2017)
  • Keele graduates join a global network of 100,000 alumni in over 100 countries, working in some of the world’s most prestigious organisations, from international governments to the World Bank, and in corporations from Apple to Volkswagen.
  • Located centrally in the UK on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Keele is easily accessible from major cities, by train less that one hour from Manchester and Birmingham and 90 minutes from London.

Everything is on your doorstep at Keele. Our beautiful campus is self-contained with student accommodation, teaching buildings, restaurants and cafés, a sports centre, bank, pharmacy and medical centre, all within just a few minutes’ walk.

Our Academic Departments

Whether it’s Medicine and Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences or Natural Sciences, whatever your area of study, we deliver a unique and international learning experience. We teach in small groups, provide one-to-one access to our academics and value the quality of our teaching as highly as our research.

Our subjects at Keele are split into three key faculties:

Within these faculties, your course will sit with a school related to your subject. Take a look at our schools and subjects.

Postgraduate Open Events

We hold a number of Postgraduate Open Events each year which give prospective students the opportunity to visit the campus and learn more about Keele and postgraduate life in general.

Register your interest and we will send you information about our postgraduate open events.

Find out more about becoming a postgraduate student at Keele.

Future event dates:

  • Wednesday 14 February 2024
  • Wednesday 1 May 2024
  • Wednesday 4 December 2024

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