Welcome to the School of Humanities

The School of Humanities delivers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes in the discipline areas of English Literature / Creative WritingFilm StudiesHistoryMedia, Communications and Creative Practice, and Music and Music Technology.

The School of Humanities is home to approximately 700 undergraduate students, 50 postgraduate students on taught programmes and approximately 40 PhD students.

Satisfied students

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 from 2020 also show that Media and Film Studies are ranked No.1 for student experience. 

Scholarships and funding

  • The Hugh Leech Travel Scholarship is available to students.  In May 2018 the successful recipient of the award travelled to Europe to attend a three-day academic conference relevant to their degree subject. Further information about this scholarship and the application form for 2019 is given at the bottom of this page.
  • The David Bruce Centre offers postgraduate students the opportunity to seek funding for travel to the Americas.
  • Having completed their degree at Keele, a number of students choose to stay at Keele to complete their Masters’ qualification. The School of Humanities, in seeking to provide excellent support for its student community, offers a Humanities Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme.


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.

Athena Swan Bronze Award logo