Postgraduate Funding

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

SAGE Faculty Doctoral Training Scheme (2015 entry)

The Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering is now accepting applications from outstanding UK/EU and International students to join the second cohort of our Faculty Doctoral Training Scheme. The Faculty has 25 Doctoral Training Awards to the value of £500,000. Each award is:
• Set at the fixed sum of £20,000 per year towards tuition fees and living costs
• Available for a maximum of four years (£80,000)

Further information and details of how to apply can be found on the Doctoral Training Awards web page.

Postgraduate Support Scheme 2015

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
  • Hydrogeology and Water Management, Hydroinformatics, Hydrology and Climate Change - Dr Vedrana Kutija
  • Environmental Consultancy, Environmental and Petroleum Geochemistry, Petroleum Geochemistry - Dr Neil Gray

Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 27 July 2015. 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 2015/16. Each award (value approximately £5,000 to £9,000 per annum) covers the difference between fees for UK/EU students and international students.

£400,000 Newcastle University Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

Newcastle University is offering a significant number of postgraduate scholarships to help support UK students from under-represented groups to study for a postgraduate degree. The scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, aimed at removing barriers to postgraduate education for students who may not normally have considered postgraduate study
Deadline: Date to be confirmed.

John Mitchell Memorial Bursary

Two bursaries of £2000 will be available to students studying MSc Geotechnical Engineering at Newcastle University in the academic year commencing: Date to be confirmed.

The recipients of the bursary will be chosen by the Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Group of Newcastle University’s School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences on the following basis:-

  • A highly qualified and enthusiastic individual enrolled on an MSc degree course in Geotechnical Engineering;
  • who might otherwise be unable to afford to study for an MSc;
  • with the right, on graduation, to be employed in the UK Construction Industry;
  • willing to be contacted for publicity purposes during the course and/or during their subsequent career, in order to perpetuate the memory of John Mitchell. This might include an interview by the editor of Ground Engineering.

For more information, please contact:

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

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.

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 Deadline for applications is 29 May 2015.

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.

Application opens 30 January 2015.

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:

CeG Recommend a Friend Scheme

The School of Civil Engineering is offering £250 to any international student or graduate of the MSc programmes in CeG who recommends a friend to study on one of our MSc programmes in a subsequent year. The recommendation statement should be made at the time of application, by an email to the MSc Admissions Tutor (see above). The award will be made once the 'friend' has registered and completed the first semester of study.