Keele University

Newcastle-under-Lyme, England


Keele University, officially known as the University of Keele, is a public research university located about 3 miles (5 km) from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. Keele was granted university status by Royal Charter in 1962 and was founded in 1949 as the University College of North Staffordshire. A science park and a conference centre complements the academic buildings, making it the largest campus university in the UK. The university’s School of Medicine operates the clinical part of its courses from a separate campus at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. The School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at the nearby Clinical Education Centre.

The university occupies a 625-acre (250 ha) rural campus close to the village of Keele and consists of extensive woods, lakes and Keele Hall set in Staffordshire Potteries. The estate was originally given by King Henry II of England to the Knights Templars in 1180. When the Templars were condemned and dissolved by the Council of Vienne in 1311, their possessions were annexed by the Knights Hospitallers until their dissolution by Henry VIII. The estate was purchased from the Crown by the Sneyd family and remained their property until acquisition by the Stoke-on-Trent Corporation in 1948.Cambridge and Oxford Extension Lectures had been arranged in the Potteries since the 1890s, but outside any organised educational framework or establishment. In 1904, funds were raised by local industrialists to support teaching by the creation of a North Staffordshire College, but the project, without the backing of Staffordshire County Council, was abandoned.

By the late 1930s the Staffordshire towns of Longton, Fenton, Burslem, Hanley had grown into the largest conurbation without some form of university provision. A large area including Staffordshire, Shropshire and parts of Cheshire and Derbyshire did not have its own university. Stoke, in particular, demanded highly qualified graduates for the regional pottery and mining industries and also additional social workers, teachers and administrators. A. D. Lindsay, Professor of Philosophy and Master of Balliol College, Oxford, was a strong advocate of working-class adult education, and suggested a “people’s university” in an address to the North Staffordshire Workers’ Educational Association in 1925.

Keele submitted 60% of staff in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and ranked 57 of 128 institutions by Grade Point Average (GPA). The University scored particularly well in Public health, Health services and Primary care. Medical research includes detecting Parkinson’s disease early, and using Stem cell research to aid the healing process. The cochlear implant was developed in the Department of Communication and Neuroscience at Keele. Other notable medical pursuits includes attempts to explain the evolution of the human brain, looking into links between cannabis and mental illness (cited in the debate on 2009 reclassification debate), as well as tumour and cancer research. In August 2009, university astronomers, led by David Anderson, discovered the first planet that orbits in the opposite direction to the spin of its star. The planet was named WASP-17b. In 2010 Richard Stephens, John Atkins, and Andrew Kingston won the Ig Nobel prize for confirming the widely held belief that swearing relieves pain. In 2010 a medical centre in Newport, Shropshire was completed, for students to learn in real medical situations and research medical sciences.

54 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1962
Size Medium
10,600 Students


3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 18,000
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available

Regional (UK
EU and International)


The Keele Excellence Scholarship
Total Worth £1000 in the first year only
Eligibility and Requirements Be a UK or EU student liable to pay £9,250* tuition fees. Achieve at least AAA in your A levels (or equivalent).
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Other Details The Scholarship will not be awarded to students who receive NHS or other public funding for their course. Please note that if you do not receive the NHS bursary you may be eligible. Students taking undergraduate medicine will not receive the Keele Excellence Scholarship. The Excellence Scholarship is aimed at students who are taking their first degree. Students who have a degree or equivalent level qualification will not be considered for a Keele Excellence Scholarship.
The Keele University Bursary
Total Worth £1000 per year
Eligibility and Requirements Have a gross annual household income of £20,000 or below (as verified by Student Finance) Defined as having a Commencing Year of Study of 2018 by Student Finance. Domiciled in England or Northern Ireland, or domiciled in Wales and not in receipt of any form of tuition fee funding from the Welsh Assembly. Are not on a course that receives other public funding eg. NHS funded courses, PGCE or Social Work. Please note that students who are on NHS courses that do not receive NHS funding (or other external funding) will still be eligible.
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Other Details If you are receiving any non-repayable, non-means-tested funding from your government towards your tuition fee payment, you will not receive the Keele University Bursary.
Keele International Excellence Scholarship
Total Worth £2,500 per year
Eligibility and Requirements Enrolled international students who exceed the published entry requirements (as per the prospectus for the year of entry) will automatically be awarded the scholarship as a tuition fee discount. Keele Foundation Year Students transitioning to a UG course at Keele who exceed the threshold score will also be eligible for the tuition fee discount.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details Qualifying recipients of the scholarship will receive the award in the form of a tuition fee discount. No cash alternative is available and the award cannot be used in place of any required deposit. The Scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students who will be based at Keele University and start their studies in September 2019. The award cannot be used for any other year of entry. The scholarship is not available for students entering Foundation Year study at keele or studying undergraduate Medicine programmes. Only self-funding international students are eligible and you must be confirmed as an overseas student for fee paying purposes. The scholarship is not open to students who are in receipt of funding from external bodies such as local Government, charities or private organisations.