About Us

Welcome from the Director of Programmes Dr Kathleen Cushing

Our undergraduate history programmes are broad and innovative, ranging from the medieval past to recent developments in events and culture. Kate Cushing with daughter. As an undergraduate, you can take History on its own as a Single Honours programme, or with another programme, History Combined Honours.

Students taking the Single Honours programme are introduced to the study of History at degree level in the module Defining Moments, designed to develop their research, communications and analytical skills. In the remainder of their first year they have the opportunity to study key topics. In recent years our students have selected modules drawn from a range of medieval, early modern and modern topics from world, North American, European and local history. In their second year students choose from a variety of option modules, allowing them to develop their own personal interests. We also enable students to develop new horizons such that in recent years students have had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at a partner institution in Europe (including the Netherlands, Sweden and France), Turkey, Hong Kong, Australia and the USA, and in one module to undertake a work placement. In their final year, all students can become true historians, studying from a variety of in-depth special subjects in the course of which they will also produce a dissertation on their own, independent research.

The History Combined Honours programme gives students an opportunity to study elements from our range of history modules whilst also completing modules in other subjects.

For postgraduates we offer two Masters' programmes, a Master of Arts (MA) in History and a Master of Research (MRes) in History. The MA in History allows students to choose from a wide variety of taught modules across a range of chronological, geographical and thematic spectrums. Students also produce a substantial piece of independent research. The Master of Research in History is part of a programme in the School of Humanities offering students the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of independent research and writing while developing wide-ranging research skills.

Our Latin and Palaeography Summer School, has run for nearly forty years, and has attracted students from across the UK, Europe and America. We also have a continuing presence in regional history through the Centre for Local History, which hosts a programme of local historical research and writing.

We have a lively community of postgraduate research students. We welcome postgraduate applications in all fields where we can offer effective supervision (see here for further details). Office and computer facilities are provided, and research training is given through the School of Humanities. There is an annual postgraduate symposium, and regular seminars in Modern History, Early Modern History and Local History. All the events welcome visitors from outside the university. Keele Historians, including postgraduates, also participate in region-wide seminars in Medieval and Early Modern History.

We are a productive and successful research community, with flourishing groups of scholars of the middle ages, early modern England and contemporary history. Successes in attracting external funding in recent years include extensive local authority support for the Victoria County History of Staffordshire. More information on our research interests is given on individual staff pages.