Key Facts

Subject area: American Studies
Programme: PhD/ MPhil
Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
MPhil – 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Starting Date: Any time of the year
Entry Requirements: See here
International entry requirements We accept a range of qualifications from other institutions.
Standard English Language requirements apply. Details here.

American Studies staff at Keele offer top-quality supervision in most aspects of American society and culture, and are particularly strong on nineteenth-century literature and history, twentieth century political and intellectual history, the counter culture, contemporary fiction and film.


Research students are supported through the provision of: shared office space, IT equipment and research funding to support some travel and other expenses.

There are significant library resources at Keele to support Humanities research, including the private David Bruce Centre Library for American Studies students. Keele is also ideally located near to other major libraries, scholarly resources and collections. Keele has established collaborative working relationships with all major archives and record offices within the region.

Research Staff & Students

The Research Institute provides a dynamic and supportive environment for postgraduate study and research. Postgraduates are encouraged to participate in all research activities of the Institute, from attending and giving papers at research seminars to taking part in academic events beyond the University.

Research in American studies is supported by the The David Bruce Centre for American Studies which was founded in 1969 and funded by an endowment. The Centre promotes wider understanding of the United States through an established research seminar programme, regular International colloquia, through funding visiting fellowships and postgraduate research students.

  • 19th and 20th Century Literature
  • Film
  • 19th and 20th Century History
  • Contemporary American History
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Modernism
  • Post-modernism

Contact Details

Administrator Helen Farrell
Tel : (+44) 01782 733641
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