Entry Requirements

  • Individual Research Offices and Institutes – Before submitting an application to undertake a research degree at Keele, you are advised to contact the relevant Research Office or Institute. This will allow you to discuss your research proposal, available supervision and the entry requirements of the research programme.
  • Qualifications and experience – any academic and professional qualifications or industrial experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases form an integral part of the entrance requirement
  • Research programmes – entry to our research programmes usually requires a Honours degree with a first or 2.1 classification, or the equivalent if you have been educated outside the UK.
  • Non-standard qualifications – if your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated, please contact the relevant Research Office or Institute to discuss whether your application would be considered.

Please note

  1. Entry on to many programmes is highly competitive; consequently we also consider the skills, attributes, motivation and potential for success of an individual when deciding whether to make an offer.
  2. After we have received your application you may, if you live in the UK, be invited for an interview or to visit us to discuss your application.
  3. For Management subject areas all candidates must provide a statement as to how the proposed research fits within the research interests of the staff at Keele. This must be provided before applications are considered.

English Language Requirements

In addition to academic qualifications, you may be required to produce evidence of your English language ability. This is because in order to benefit from your studies, you need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English before taking up a place here.

English language requirements: IELTS

Subject Area


Science (with the exception of Psychology), Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy

6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any subtest

Business, Health Sciences, Humanities, Public Policy and Social Sciences (including Psychology)

6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any subtest

Education and Law

7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any subtest

Some research programmes may have slightly higher requirements than those stated and the offer will include full details where this is the case.  For a comparison of English language qualifications meeting Keele's entry requirments, please consult the table.

Pre-Sessional English Course

If you do not have current documentation of the required level of English language you must either retake your language test or attend and successfully complete a pre-sessional (summer) English course before the start of your postgraduate studies. 

Keele University runs 6 and 12 week pre-sessional academic English courses. Further information about these can be found at: http://www.keele.ac.uk/presessional/.

If you require a longer pre-sessional English course, Keele has links with two other colleges: English in Chester and Walsall College.

If you require a Visa to study at Keele it will be issued by the UK Border Agency on the basis of you achieving the required language competencies by the end of the pre-sessional course, but could be withdrawn if you fail to make satisfactory progress.

English Language Support

When you start your studies at Keele we will assess your English language standard so that we can recommend language modules for you to take in Year 1 as part of your degree course.  You do not pay any additional fees for these.  You can also speak to staff in the English Language Unit