Key Facts

Subject area: History
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.

Keele historians are enthusiastic, reflective and ambitious scholars.  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*) on REF 2014.


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 On-Line (EEBO) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) , as well as the private David Bruce Centre Library for American Studies students and Staffordshire Studies repository for local historians. Keele is also ideally located near to other major libraries and collections, eg, John Rylands Library, the University Libraries of Birmingham, Oxford, Manchester and Liverpool and St Deiniol’s Library. Keele is less than 2 hours away from the extensive scholarly resources and libraries in London and has established collaborative working relationships with all major archives and record offices within the region

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.

We support long-standing, flourishing centres for American Studies (the David Bruce Centre) and for Local History. Regular seminars series are: Early Modern, Medieval M6, Modern, Local, Science in the Humanities and Reading & Writing Lives. 

  • Medieval History
  • Early modern British History
  • Modern British
  • European, African and Asian History
  • Local History
  • Public History
  • History of Medicine
  • Gender History
  • Imperial History
  • Religious History

Contact Details

Administrator Helen Farrell
Tel : (+44) 01782 733641
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