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Keele University

United Kingdom


Keele University is a campus-based university ranked joint-first in England for student course satisfaction (Guardian University League Table 2019). Located near the university town of Newcastle-under-Lyme, close to the lively city of Stoke-on-Trent, it is a popular choice with students. Keele University is proud to have the largest single site campus in the UK, with over 2.5 square kilometers of beautiful countryside.

Keele offers a wide range of options to students, from foundation level to postgraduate research studies in a wide range of subjects from environmental science to marketing and media. It boasts a high employment rate, placing 96% of students in work within six months of graduation.

Keele's students come from over 120 different nationalities, which make up an international student population that is embraced by the university. These students strive to help all students become global citizens. The university currently runs over 200 clubs and societies, with students encouraged to get involved with the vibrant campus life.

The self-contained university provides impressive facilities, from a 24/7 library to give students access to study materials, a variety of food outlets, a gym, dance studio, sports courts and pitches. It also offers students long term laptop loans, whilst it hosts a weekly farmer's market and features several campus shops, a Students' Union shop and post office, a bank, a pharmacy, Doctor's surgery and a bookshop.

Keele University students receive outstanding support from dedicated services specializing in helping disabled students, care leavers and international students. There is also superb careers advice, financial support and a confidential counselling service accessible to all. Students with families can also utilize a purpose-built nursery on-site.

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What's new

What's new

Keele's highest league table ranking

In the Guardian University Guide 2020, Keele University has risen to 32nd place in the UK and made it into the top ten for the following subject areas:

  • Medicine – 3rd
  • Politics (including International Relations) – 4th
  • Nursing & Midwifery – 6th
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology – 10th

New home for Keele Business School

The new home of Keele Business School is a stimulating base for students from accounting, business management, economics, HRM, finance, management, international business and marketing programmes.

The modern building features lecture theatres, labs, a business lounge, a business incubator space, and a cafe. It is an innovative hub where students can build relationships with businesses located in the region.

New science facilities

The university has made a substantial investment in the development of new, modern and state-of-the-art science facilities. The GBP 45 million project will see new laboratories, classrooms, research areas as well as a new building for physical sciences. The re-development is historic for the university as it represents the most amount ever invested in the re-development of teaching and learning infrastructure.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

New analysis published by Times Higher Education has found that Keele University is part of a ‘new elite' group of universities excelling in both teaching and research.

The table Research Excellence Framework (REF) results, has highlighted the institutions which can genuinely combine high-quality education and teaching with research intensity, and ranks Keele in the UK Top 10.

Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor at Keele University, commented, ''I am delighted to see Keele highlighted as a university which excels in both research and teaching, as excellence in the two are not always seen side by side in universities. The balance of research and teaching is a critical one, and when that balance is right, it benefits our staff, our students and the many organizations that work with us. Keele has always sought to balance these two endeavours, and we are proud that this has been recognized in this new national analysis.''

The REF assesses the quality of research in all higher education institutions in the UK. In the most recent REF (2014), 97% of Keele's research was classified as world leading or of international importance.

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Department structure

Department structure

The following are the Faculties at Keele University:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

This is the largest of the three Faculties at the university. Its research and teaching focus on the varied dimensions of human experience and on the full range of cultural, economic, and social challenges faced in a fast-changing world.

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is one of the UK's leading centres of applied research in primary care and is a national centre for studying musculoskeletal disorders. The faculty offers a full range of clinical undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD courses. The quality of teaching in the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing & Midwifery and Health & Rehabilitation is reflected in subject league table positions, and in feedback from the professional bodies responsible for validating degree courses.

Faculty of Natural Sciences

The university is renowned for its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach and its Faculty of Natural Sciences is central to this. Its schools of Life Sciences, Computing & Mathematics, Chemical & Physical Sciences, Geography, Geology and the Environment, and Psychology build scientific skills and awareness of the issues relevant to both Keele's sustainable development and quality of life. They integrate world-class research with the very best teaching and the latest innovations.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The following are the minimum IELTS scores required for international students to pursue their education at Keele University. Students should still check individual English language requirements for all study levels.

Undergraduate study

  • International Foundation Year - 5.0 (subtests 5.0)
  • International Degree Programme - 5.5 (subtests 5.5)
  • Undergraduate Year 1 (except for the courses listed below) - 6.0 (subtests 5.5)
    • Liberal Arts 6.5 (Subtests 6.0)
    • Natural Sciences 6.5 (subtests 6.0)
    • Film Studies 6.5 (subtests 5.5)
    • Film Studies with creative writing 6.5 (subtests 5.5)
  • Undergraduate Law Year 1 - 6.5 (subtests 5.5)
  • Undergraduate Pharmacy Year 1 - 7.0 (subtests 6.5)
  • Undergraduate Physiotherapy Year 1 - 7.0 (subtests 6.5)
  • Undergraduate Nursing & Midwifery 7.0 (Reading, Listening, Speaking 7.0, Writing 6.5)
  • Undergraduate Year 2 entry (except for Law courses) - 6.0 (Reading and Writing - 6.0, Listening and Speaking - 5.5)
  • Undergraduate Year 2 entry (Law courses) - 6.5 (Reading and Writing - 6.0, Listening and Speaking - 5.5)

Postgraduate taught study

  • Science (except Psychology), Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy - 6.5 - 7.0 overall depending on course (6.5 subtests)
  • Business, Health Sciences, Humanities, Public Policy and Social Sciences - 6.5 overall (5.5 subtests) Psychology 7.0 with 6.5 in subtests
  • Education and Law - 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any subtest Law 6.5 (6.5 subtests)

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Keele University has numerous facilities which benefit students in their studies, including:

Life Sciences

The teaching and research facilities have recently been refurbished with a GBP 45 million investment in new science facilities. The multiuser labs house state-of-the-art equipment for life science practicals and contain up-to-date audio-visual equipment for presentations.

Guy Hilton Research Centre

The Guy Hilton Research Centre at the Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine (ISTM) provides a specialized patient research suite with consulting rooms, all ancillary services and waiting areas, ideal for hosting a range of studies including clinical trials.

Keele Ice Lab

The facility brings together the Geography, Geology and the Environment (GGE) Environmental Change research group, providing new capacity in the UK for ice core and water research.

Brain Electrophysiology & Perception Laboratory

The university's School of Psychology has a state-of-the-art EEG laboratory with a 72 channel Biosemi Active Two System and the ability for simultaneous eyetracking, pupilometry, and galvanic skin response (GSR) measurements. This is housed in a sound-attenuated and air-conditioned laboratory suite with post-experiment washing up facilities. There are dedicated data processing workstations with Matlab and GPUs for parallel processing and simulations.

School of Health and Rehabilitation

The school building contains everything that one would expect in a modern purpose-built facility, including a large lecture theatre and specialist practical rooms. A programme of investment in capital equipment ensures that the most up-to-date physiotherapy equipment is available for teaching and student research projects.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

A variety of scholarships are available to help students with their tuition costs. For most awards, students are automatically considered, so no extra application is necessary. However, they are encouraged to see what's available and check the eligibility requirements. Students are encouraged to visit the university website to check the terms and conditions of each award.


Keele International Excellence Scholarship

International undergraduate students who exceed the published entry criteria may receive a tuition fee discount of up to GBP 2,500 per year for many subjects.

The Developing Countries Scholarship

Eligible international undergraduate students from the least developed countries, as defined by the World Bank in December 2018, may receive a tuition fee discount of up to GBP 1,000 per year.


Keele International Excellence Scholarship

Eligible international postgraduate students may receive a one-off tuition fee discount of up to GBP 5,000 for many subject areas. This is based on the award the student achieved at undergraduate level.

The Developing Countries Scholarship

Eligible international postgraduate students from the least developed countries, as defined by the World Bank in December 2018, may receive a one-off tuition fee discount of GBP 1,000.

Keele alumni discount

Eligible postgraduate students who have previously graduated from a programme at Keele, either full-time, overseas, study abroad or exchange, may receive a tuition fee discount of 20 per cent.

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