About the School of Humanities

We have some of the most satisfied university students in the UK and are consistently ranked highly for student satisfaction - the Times Good University Guide 2020 places Keele University as Top 10 for Student Experience. Highlights from the National Student Survey 2020 also show that Media and Film Studies are ranked No.1 for student experience.

English literature and creative writing

English at Keele is a thriving and passionate community of academics, students, and researchers committed to the study of literature.

Our courses offer the teaching and learning of a wide range of literary texts from the medieval period to the present day. One of our great strengths is the flexibility for students to pursue their own areas of interest, and alongside the study of traditional literary forms we explore connections with other disciplines such as film and screen studies, history, cultural studies, and the medical humanities.

We also have a vibrant and active creative writing community with award-winning poets and novelists who lead courses that pursue a practice-led approach to the production of literary work.

All our academic staff are research active with specialisms in a number of areas including the Renaissance, the 18th century, Victorian literature, Modernism, postwar and contemporary literature, and Postcolonialism and world literature.

Film studies

The Film Studies community at Keele brings together academics and students of cinema and other screen media. Students work in close contact with their peers and lecturers throughout their time at Keele, focusing on the historical, theoretical and analytical study of film, as both an important cultural product, and as an art form.

Our courses cover a wide range of cinematic outputs, from early silent film to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters. As a programme we are committed to studying and exploring the role of film across international and historical contexts, engaging with issues of industry, aesthetics and representation. Most importantly, as a community and researchers we are forward-looking, engaging with pressing questions of film politics and policy, and how films respond to contemporary contexts.

Film students at Keele are also able to pursue practical work, such as creative writing and film-making, and explore film in an interdisciplinary way, through our connections to related disciplines such as Media and English. Our academic staff are all active researchers in the field and publish widely on a number of areas. These include books, chapters and articles on Hollywood and British cinemas, French, Francophone and wider European film, and American documentary and television; exploring topics and genres such as the road movie and migrant film, parody, science fiction, and crime.


Our programmes are broad and innovative, ranging from the medieval past to current events. Staff are internationally recognised leaders in their fields, and are committed to pastoral care and personalised learning.

Media, communications and creative practice

We offer a range of degree programmes, including single honours course in Media and Communications, combined honours degrees – such as Marketing and MediaFilm Studies and MediaMedia and Music ProductionBusiness Management and Media, and Media & Sociology – and MA programmes in Global Media and Culture or Global Media and Management.

Whichever course you take, you will be part of a unique degree programme that:

  • Offers a distinctive combination of media theory and creative media practice, with opportunities to tailor the course depending on your own skills and interests
  • Gives you 24-hour access to our dedicated "home" in the Media Building, which offers access to specialist equipment, software, and workspaces (take a video tour of our facilities)*
  • Enables you to be part of a committed, supportive academic community, at a University that consistently tops the National Student Survey for student satisfaction (see what our graduates say)

*In event of social distancing specialised software access and skills training is provided remotely.

Medical humanities

Medical humanities is an expanding area of study which aims to provide an appreciation of the cultural and historical contexts of medicine, via an investigation of literary, filmic and historical texts which address connections between disease, the individual patient or practitioner, and the practice of medicine.

At Keele, it offers medical students the opportunity to intercalate and graduate with a BSc in addition to their medical degree. Intercalation normally takes place after two full years of the MBChB, but can take place after the second, third or fourth years of study. It cannot be added as a final year after the completion of a medical degree.

Taught modules in humanities are typically assessed via a range of written tasks including essays and examinations. Humanities modules are taught via lectures and seminars. They also entail a lot of reading.

There are fewer, hands-on practical sessions than you will be used to in clinical medicine. Much more of your time is self-directed. This means students of medical humanities must quickly acquire skills in academic time management and fluent writing; however, tutors will be ready and willing to support you in making the transition from medicine to humanities.

For more information contact Dr Nicholas Bentley.


Students can be assured that courses are influenced by current research, with staff actively researching and publishing in their fields:

  • English has 71% of its research graded as internationally excellent and world-leading overall (3* and 4*) and 25% of its research outputs assessed as world-leading (4*)
  • History is in the top 3 performing subjects at Keele: 82% of its research is recognised as world-leading and internationally excellent (4*and 3*) by the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • 29% of Music’s overall research is rated as world-leading (4*).  It was, moreover, awarded the top category (4*) for one of its Impact Case Studies.  80% of its environment is of internationally excellent and world-leading quality (3 and 4*)

Links to relevant professional organisations

The School seeks to ensure that our courses are linked to national developments and provide students with a high-quality course.  Examples of such links are:

  • Dr Rachel Adcock is a member of the Executive Committee for the International John Bunyan Society
  • Dr Ben Anderson is one of ten New Generation Thinkers 2018, a scheme organised by the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council which aims to develop a new generation of the brightest academics who can turn their university research and scholarly ideas into fascinating broadcasts
  • Dr Nick Bentley is a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies
  • Dr Rachel Bright is a member of the Social History Society Committee
  • Professor Susan Bruce sits on the Advisory Council of the Institute of English Studies
  • Dr Liz Poole is a member of the Executive Committee for the Media, Culture and Cultural Studies Association
  • Dr Jon Shears is the Editor of the Byron Journal
  • Dr Siobhan Talbott is co-editor of the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies

Gender equality

In recognition of its commitment to gender equality, the School was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in 2014. The former chair of the Athena SWAN group in the School now jointly leads Keele’s gender equality strategy, which includes all students and staff.

Media at Keele University

School of Humanities
Chancellor's Building
Keele University
Tel: +44 (0) 1782 733109

Head of School
Dr Nick Seager
Room: CBB1.038 (Chancellor's Building, 'B' Extension)
Tel: +44 (0) 1782 733142
Email: n.p.seager@keele.ac.uk

School and college outreach
Tel: +44 (0) 1782 734009
Email: outreach@keele.ac.uk