Postgraduate study

We offer a variety of postgraduate routes, including PhD study and two types of Masters in History, which can be tailored around your current experience and future career plans. 

We offer a variety of History postgraduate routes, including PhD study and two types of Masters degrees, depending on your current experience and future career plans. Undertaking postgraduate research at Keele enables you to engage critically with the contested nature of the past and the role of the discipline as a mediator for understanding the past, the present, and the future.

Both Masters degrees offer world-renowned one-one-one supervision and small classes so you can develop your research interests, while assessments prepare you for your specific career. Staff have regularly won Keele’s Student-led Teaching Awards, including recently for ‘fantastic feedback’ and ‘superb supervision’ across the whole university, reflecting our commitment to supporting you in your studies. You can also learn a language, take Palaeography (learning how to read documents pre-dating the standardisation of dates and spelling), or complete a work placement in a range of fields as part of your degree.

The Master of Arts (MA) involves class-based learning and an optional opportunity for practical work placement, alongside one-on-one supervision. This course is best suited for those who wish, for a variety of reasons, to have structured classroom guidance during their studies, or for those wanting more support for planning their dissertation research project. There are 5 taught modules spread over two semesters, while the dissertation is 15,000 words.

The Master of Research (MRes) is unusually flexible and virtually unique in the UK, allowing you to tailor your degree around you research and career plans, with one-on-one supervision throughout the year. The focus is on more independent learning, with the support of your supervisor, rather than fixed classroom sessions and assignments. This is reflected in a longer final dissertation of 20,000 words, and only 4 taught modules, although your specially tailored degree may involve more.

PhD and Masters supervision can be offered across a broad range of areas, and Keele historians are experienced in providing careful and supportive frameworks for students. Historical expertise ranges from the medieval period to the present day, and covering the globe (especially Britain, Germany, Italy, France, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States). Our interests include the history of political violence, medicine, modern empires, social movements, citizenship, economics, migration, gender, religion, Digital Humanities, and print culture.

Click here to watch a video from our Humanities Director of Postgraduate Study discussing our ongoing Decolonising the Curriculum initiative.

Through the Keele Library, The David Bruce Centre for American Studies, and the Centre for Local History, we hold internationally important archives for early-twentieth century social history, intellectual history, and over 1000 years of local history.

We are members of the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, enabling us to offer outstanding PhD candidates financial support through their studies. We also offer funding options through bursaries, fee waivers and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) where appropriate

Further information about our expertise is described on our research page. As well as individual projects, we have been successful in winning AHRC and EHRC collaborative awards in which the student works with a non-University partner.

Please contact us with any questions.


Postgraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr. Rachel Bright