How to Apply

We welcome applications from students from a wide variety of backgrounds who can show the motivation and potential for postgraduate study. Admission to any of the degrees we offer at Newcastle, is not solely on the basis of academic criteria such as examination performance. We also consider other information provided by you when you apply, which indicates your potential to succeed on a degree programme.

We have specific application information for:

The majority of applications are administered by the Graduate School for your chosen study area but generally, you should apply direct to the University using our online application system .

Make sure you are clear on whether your interest lies with a taught programme or research-led study. Please contact the School if you require any further clarification.

Research Students

We would advise you to make informal contact with a potential supervisor and/or programme director before applying, to be sure that this is the right programme and supervisor for you and answer any questions you might have.

For the quickest and easiest way to apply, visit our postgraduate online application site. This system will keep track of the progress of your application, and will ensure you are notified by e-mail once a decision has been made. Whether you apply online or not, the application must contain the University's standard Postgraduate Application Form, together with a 500-1,000-word research proposal which should include the research theme, field of study and methodology.

We also have information for:

How to apply for Initial Teacher Training (PGCE)

The procedure is the same for all of the age range specialisms: Primary or Secondary.

Except in exceptional circumstances a 2.2 degree or higher is required by students starting the course. In the case of modern foreign languages, secondary applicants should have spent a year abroad, as part of their degree.

Please also note that applicants are expected to have some experience of the English school system before application - usually through recent school observation visits, or voluntary or paid work in schools.

All applications made through UCAS are considered by course tutors, in order to select candidates for interview. Our interviews consist of a presentation by each applicant, a written task and an individual interview. The selection panel will be made up of course tutors and partnership school teachers. Under National College for Teaching and Leadership regulations we are unable to offer places on our PGCE courses without personal interviews.

Applications are processed through a central clearing house and should be submitted from the end of October in the year prior to entry. There is no closing date for PGCE courses though early application is advised. You will be interviewed in Newcastle before the offer of a place can be made. A £19 application fee is required. Applications should be made on line at

Further information on teaching as a career is also available at
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If you are from a Black or Minority Ethnic background and are thinking of training to become a teacher, but would like advice about the different courses available, the required qualifications, or about how to apply, then you can contact the MERIT project:
Sheba Joseph (MERIT advisor), Email:

If you have any questions please contact PGCE Admissions on:

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6581