Research course


Keele University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants intending to study for a PhD are normally required to hold a relevant Masters degree, pref Mphil, MA or MRes or offer some other form of research experience.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Professional research training through devising and implementing a research project, undertaking formal and informal training in subject-specific and transferable skills, and professional development activities.

Facilities for research in most aspects of literature. Research training provided in critical theory, bibliography, use of documents. Research students meet supervisor once weekly. Joint supervisory system for PhD students. Applicants whose interests cross traditional field boundaries/inter-disciplinary encouraged. Regular work in progress seminars are held. There is a regular programme of research training and informal student events.

71% of research graded as internationally excellent and world leading overall (3* and 4*) and 25% of its research outputs assessed as world leading (4*).

Department specialisms

History of the Book and Editing Renaissance and Early Modern Literature and Culture Eighteenth-Century Literature Romanticism Victorian Literature Modernism Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature American and Canadian Literature Literature and Film Gender and Sexuality Critical and Cultural Theory Autobiography and Life-Writing Literature and Science Literature and Ageing Literature and the Environment; Eco-Criticism Postcolonial Literatures Travel Writing and Tourism

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

Information for international students

English Language IELTS level7 required. Keele has research students from over 50 different countries. We offer a safe green campus environment. Support specifically for international students includes an International Students Support Officer and free English language support.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
Prospective applicants are advised to look regularly from January onwards to see if there are any opportunities available in your field. Key sponsors: AHRC, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months


part time
24-36 months
full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

PGR Administrator
+44 (0)1782 733641