Postgraduate Funding

General funding information for Newcastle University postgraduate students (both UK and International) is available. We also have some funding for research degrees.

Postgraduate Scholarships 2015

£500,000 Doctoral Training Awards available

The Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering Doctoral Training Award (SAgE DTA) scheme is inviting applications from talented students who have, or expect to receive, a good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and who have a real passion for research. We are offering at least 27 four-year PhD scholarships with a value of £18,500 per year (£74,000 in total). SAgE DTA Scholarships cover tuition fees (at the UK rate) and living costs and are open to UK/EU and international applicants. Potential research projects are available in 11 major science and engineering research themes.

MSc Funding – School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences Masters Bursaries (SMBs)

In recognition of its excellent support from industry, the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences can offer industrial funding for a number of competitive awards.

A full award will be a bursary for full UK fees. Successful students will typically be funded by a full or partial bursary. School Masters Bursaries (SMBs) will be between a minimum of 50% and a maximum of 100% of a full bursary, payable towards fees.

  • To be considered for a SMB you must have applied for and been accepted on to one of our MSc programmes.
  • You must also have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, a first class or high upper second class equivalent (>65%, grade B average) in your first degree.
How to apply

You should prepare a statement no longer than one side of A4, stating:

  • that you wish to apply for a SMB
  • why the money will allow you to study for your chosen course at Newcastle University
  • what your expectations and ambitions are after completing your MSc.

Email your statement to the relevant MSc Admissions Tutor:

  • Environmental Engineering – Dr David Werner
  • Engineering Geology, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering - Dr Jean Hall
  • Transport Planning and Engineering, Transport Planning and Business Management, Transport Planning and the Environment, Transport Planning and ITS - Mr Roger Bird
  • Flood Risk Management, Hydrogeology and Water Management, Hydroinformatics, Hydrology and Climate Change - Dr James Bathurst
  • Environmental Consultancy, Environmental and Petroleum Geochemistry - Dr Neil Gray

Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 25 July 2016. The MSc Admissions Tutor will make the final decision, and applicants will be advised of the outcome on or shortly after this date. You should note, however, that the MSc Admission Tutor may allocate bursaries at any time and it may be that all SMBs are allocated before the deadline. We would encourage an early application. The awards will be paid against the students’ fees prior to registration.

Newcastle overseas research scholarship scheme

Newcastle University is committed to offering support to the very best international students hoping to pursue a programme of research. We are pleased to offer a small number of University funded NUORS awards for outstanding international students who apply to commence PhD studies in any subject in 2016/17. Each award (value approximately £7,500 - £11,500 per annum) covers the difference between fees for UK/EU students and international students.

British Hydrological Society Studentships

British students applying to study one of the following full time courses may be able to apply for a British Hydrological Society Studentship.

  • MSc Hydrology and Climate Change
  • MSc Hydroinformatics
  • MSc Hydrogeology and Water Management
  • MSc Flood Risk Management

The British Hydrological Society is aware of the changing funding environment within the UK with the demise of NERC Master’s degree funding. Given the unique position of the British Hydrological Society to provide leadership, we are keen to support potential MSc students wishing to pursue development of their academic expertise in hydrology. The Society, as such, is proposing to provide a small number of studentships ~£1500 towards the costs of the Master’s degree (MSc/MRes only) tuition costs at a UK Higher Education Institution.

Deadline: mid August 2016.
Application form and full details: British Hydrological Society.

The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators

We are proud to be a recipient of a bursary from The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators. This bursary is designed for UK and UK based MSc students undertaking MSc programmes in water, waste and environmental subjects and is currently worth £4000. If you wish to apply write to Dr James Bathurst. Deadline for applications is 27 May 2016.

Tullow Group Scholarships

Newcastle University is proud to be part of the Tullow Group Scholarships Scheme, managed by the British Council. Awards are given to students from specific host countries where there is a need for key skills. Details of the programme can be found at and the programmes offered by Newcastle University can be found at For more information contact the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme directly.

Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries (for Transport MSc courses)

The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund exists to promote education, research and physical projects related to road transport. It usually awards a number of bursaries each year to students studying a Masters Degree in a subject related to highways or transportation. The awards are made in national competition each year, and are a highly prestigious addition to the CV of any successful candidate. A number of students on the Newcastle University Transport MSc programme have received these awards in recent years.

Applications are invited in May and June of each year. For further information see:

Successful candidates are likely to hold, or expect to achieve a 1st Class or 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, or an equivalent qualification. Applications are made through the applicant's preferred University. Information will be sent out to applicants when available and if you are interested in applying for one of these bursaries, you should contact the Degree Programme Director:

Brian Large Masters Bursaries (for Transport MSc courses)

The Brian Large Bursary Fund supports a few students each year who are taking a Transport Masters degree at a UK University. The awards provide a contribution towards academic fees and living expenses during the year's study. Applicants should have insufficient financial means, from all other sources, to commit to the course. Students in receipt of other awards totalling more than £3,000 are not eligible for a Brian Large Masters Bursary.

While there is usually no minimum level of first degree for these awards, the Trustees expect young graduates to have at least a 2.2, preferably a 2.1, but are willing to relax that requirement for outstanding mature student.
Applications are made through the applicant's preferred University, Information will be sent out to applicants when available and if you are interested in applying for one of these bursaries, you should contact the Degree Programme Director:

China Scholarships Council/ CeG Newcastle University Scholarships

The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences is pleased to offer up to 4 joint PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council (CSC). Available to citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China, these scholarships are open to exceptionally qualified Chinese nationals wishing to study their PhD in The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CeG) at Newcastle University.

The scholarship will cover 100% of Newcastle University fees (funded by CeG) plus an annual grant for living costs and one return flight from China to the UK (funded by CSC). 

Research Areas

Environmental Engineering
Geotechnics and Structures
Water Resources

Register your interest

If successful, you will be able to direct and shape your own research, developing original topics and problems into an individual PhD research project supported by our world-class supervisors. Successful candidates will be required to make a formal application through the University's Applicant Portal.


There is an annual deadline of 22 January.

Questions regarding the scheme should be sent to:

Further particulars

All students will be interviewed before acceptance, either in person (if this can be arranged) or by electronic communication such as skype. The skype interview will be conducted by a small panel, led by the School Director of Postgraduate Research Studies. Successful applicants will be informed in time for them to submit their applications to the Chinese Scholarship Council in the March of the same year.

Successful applicant must, with the support of their supervisor, apply for a Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (NUORS), in the April of the same year as the CSC application.

Successful students are expected to write jointly-authored high quality journal papers on their research as part of their PhD study.

Commonwealth Commission DFID

  • MSc in Hydrology and Climate Change
  • Renewable Energy Flexible Training Program (REFLEX)
  • Transport degrees

Interested students must apply by 25 March 2016.

All applications should be made via the Commission’s Electronic Application System (EAS).
Prospectus listing the courses, closing dates and contact information for the 2016/17 competition.