• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.28 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.88 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.59 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    75.6 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    67.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    89.1 / 100.0


  • Keele University is nestled in 600 acres of countryside, in the heart of the UK.
  • The institution was founded in 1949 and granted university status in 1962.
  • The founding ideology of Keele University was to meet the demands of a new kind of educational society and it still upholds the principles of community and flexible interdisciplinary study. 

Location and Transport

  • Keele is in North Staffordshire, halfway between Manchester and Birmingham (both an hour’s drive away).
  • Newcastle-Under-Lyme is two miles from campus and has plenty of bars, pubs, shops and a cinema. Stoke-On-Trent also has a large shopping centre, bowling and a popular nightlife.
  • The nearest railway stations are in Stoke and Crewe, both accessible by bus from campus. From Stoke it’s 90 minutes to London, 50 minutes to Birmingham and 40 minutes to Manchester.

Entry Requirements

  • We judge all applications on their individual merits and take account of all the information provided on the UCAS application forms, including predicted grades, AS level results if certificated, the referee’s report, candidate’s personal statement, GCSE results and non-academic achievements. For some courses, depending on individual circumstances, there may be some flexibility for students who have chosen two AS levels in place of a third A2 subject.
  • Typically, our three year degree courses ask for A level grades (or equivalent) of between AAB and BBC. We welcome applications from candidates with non-traditional qualifications and will take into consideration prior learning and experience and alternative qualifications.
  • Students entering Keele are required to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or equivalent.
  • GCSE Mathematics or Science at grade C or above is also required for most courses. For some courses Mathematics only is acceptable and/ or grade B is required.
  • We do not have preferred or specified subject combinations. We welcome applicants whose studies cross traditional boundaries e.g. science/arts combinations but equally we are happy to consider applicants whose studies are in more cognate areas. We are happy to accept applications for deferred entry for the majority of our courses, provided that you have constructive plans for your year out.

Student Mix

The 9,635 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 76%
  • Postgraduate 24%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 77%
  • Part Time 23%


  • UK 84%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 14%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%

Course Flexibility

  • Keele University was founded with the deliberate aim to break away from the pattern of the specialised degrees and nearly 90% of undergraduates pursue flexible combined courses.
  • Each year around 120 students from Keele study abroad. The majority of courses offer the chance to study at universities across the world without adding time onto your degree.
  • Keele’s approach is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, which means perspectives are shared across subjects, where students are encouraged to see the world in different ways.

Teaching Standards

  • 1st in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2014, 2015 and 2016 (of UK broad-based universities for overall student satisfaction with an exceptionally high score of 94%.)
  • In the NSS, Final Year undergraduates were found to be the most happy with ​well-organised and ​intellectually stimulating courses, and ​lecturers being available when needed, ​good at explaining things​ and ​enthusiastic about what they are teaching.

Research Standards

  • 97% of the university's research was classified as world leading and of international importance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • Keele is engaged in tackling some of society’s most urgent problems, including ageing, global health and renewable energy.
  • Thanks to the university’s reputation in research, Keele degrees are highly regarded by employers and other universities.
  • Keele University’s high calibre research means investment and funding which is invested right across the campus.

Academic Strengths

  • Keele is renowned for its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach whether you want to study Health, Humanities and Social Sciences or Natural Sciences.
  • Teaching in small groups, the degree programmes and foundation years are seen as being distinctively challenging, flexible and foster a broader based knowledge. 
  • Keele students are taught by researchers who develop new ideas and publish research findings, which they bring into their teaching.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • Keele has a big campus but a cosmopolitan community, with more than 150 clubs and societies to join, as well as shops, restaurants, cafes, an award-winning Students’ Union and a health centre.
  • Other facilities include two libraries (one on campus and the other at the Royal Stoke University Hospital), a sports centre, The Chapel, Islamic Centre, an astronomical observatory, art gallery and an arboretum.
  • Keele is the largest campus based university and was named as one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK (by Culture Trip 2016).
  • There are over 3,000 bedrooms on campus – the highest proportion of student rooms owned and managed by a university.

Disability Services

  • If Keele is your first choice and you have a physical and/or sensory disability, or have severe mental health issues, or are on the autistic spectrum, you are guaranteed a suitable room on campus for the entire period of your course.
  • Our Disability and Dyslexia support team provides ongoing, holistic support for individual student needs and can arrange a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) assessment.
  • If you have a disability and would like speak to one of our disability advisors or wish to view a specially adapted ground-floor room and kitchen email support.disability@keele.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • They organise events throughout the year including, Freshers’ Fair, Halloween Ball, Winterfest party, Christmas markets, and the annual summer party, WoodStoke.
  • KeeleSU is proud to have Radio 1’s Ally McCrae, from BBC Introducing, as their music advisor and the union has hosted six Brit-nominated artists (Tinie Tempah, Example, Professor Green, Rizzle Kicks, Ed Sheeran and Chase & Status).
  • The SU was also crowned Best Bar None Overall Winner at the NUS Awards 2016 for its dedication to providing the best events possible, in the safest way and it won Best Daytime Fundraising Event at RAG Conference 2016. 

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Jobshop, based in KeeleSU, is a free service that advertises part-time, temporary and graduate jobs.
  • The university also has a student ambassador scheme where students can represent and support the university at various events.
  • Student ambassadors are paid from £7.30 an hour, with flexible working hours.

Careers Guidance

  • Keele University was ranked 1st for Employment (HESA - Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2016).
  • The 97.5% of students who graduated in 2015 found employment or continued on to further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016).
  • The Careers and Employability team are based in the library to offer students guidance and advice.
  • Graduate Careers Fairs are held on campus attracting a range of employers.
  • Employers regularly visit Keele and are eager to recruit its students and graduates.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In the last decade Keele has invested over £140m in its campus and infrastructure.
  • The School of Life Sciences is due to undergo a £10.1m refurbishment to create brand new teaching laboratories – opening March 2017.
  • Construction of two new multi-million pound student halls on campus is underway. Barnes Hall will offer 453 ensuite bedrooms, with kitchens and social spaces. Students will be able to move in from Winter 2017.
  • The library underwent £1m refurbishment during summer 2014, including new group study space, IT Helpdesk (IT Connect) and the new home of the careers and employability team.
  • The Students' Union and centre of campus has also undergone a £2.7m transformation.

Notable Alumni

We are in contact with more than 45,000 alumni living in over 100 countries. Some of our most notable alumni are:

  • Dr Maggie Atkinson – 2004–2008 – Education – Children’s Commissioner for England.
  • Laurence Mann –1998–2001 – American Studies & Politics – Personal Political Secretary to the Prime Minister.
  • Jamie Aitchison – 1990–1993 – History & Politics – BAFTA winner TV coverage of 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • Dominic Coles – 1983–1987 – Politics, Philosophy & Economics – BBC Director of Operations.
  • Jonty Bloom – 1982–1986 – International Relations – BBC Business & Economics Correspondent.
  • Steve Jackson – 1968–1972 – Psychology & Biology – Co-Founder Games Workshop.
  • Dr David Collett – 1952-1956 – History and Economics – Director of VSO. Chief Executive of WaterAid.

Further Details

Address Keele University
UCAS Code K12