Key Facts

Subject area: English
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.

Research in English and American literatures has a long and distinguished history at Keele.  Please see below for current areas of research and supervision.


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 Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), as well as the private David Bruce Centre Library for American Studies students and the Staffordshire Studies repository for those interested in local writers. Keele is ideally located near to other major libraries and collections, such as Manchester’s John Rylands and Chetham’s Libraries, Gladstone’s Library at St Deiniol’s, and the University Libraries of Birmingham, Oxford and Liverpool.  Staff in English have established collaborative working relationships with major archives and record offices within the region.  In addition, Keele is less than 2 hours away from the extensive scholarly resources and libraries of London.

Research Staff and 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. Seventeen academic staff work on British, North American and Postcolonial literatures from the sixteenth century to the present day, including two specialists in creative writing.  See for details.

  • History of the Book and Editing
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Literature and Culture
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Romanticism
  • Victorian Literature
  • Modernism
  • Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature
  • American and Canadian Literature
  • Literature and Film
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Autobiography and Life-Writing
  • Literature and Science
  • Literature and Ageing
  • Literature and the Environment; Eco-Criticism
  • Postcolonial Literatures
  • Travel Writing and Tourism

Contact Details

Administrator Helen Farrell
Tel : (+44) 01782 733641
E-Mail :