PhD students from other universities apply to come to Newcastle because they are:
- planning fieldwork in the North East of England
- looking to access particular library resources
- looking to work with one of our leading academics
Students who have stayed with us have found the visit a rewarding experience. It is a stimulating and enjoyable working environment in which to further doctoral research.
You can find out more about our research activities.
Applicants for occasional student status must normally meet our standard entry requirements. This means all applicants must hold at least a 2:1 honours degree and/or a Master’s degree in a relevant subject.
Applicants whose first language is not English also require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.
How to apply
In the first instance you should contact the appropriate member of staff to discuss opportunities to work with them.
If you're not sure who might best support your research, contact the relevant postgraduate research admissions selector:
- Geography - Professor Jane Pollard
- Politics – Dr Simon Philpott
- Sociology – Professor Bridgette Wessels
Once we have agreed to your visit in principle, all visiting students must register as occasional students and apply online. In the section on Programme of Study, include that you are applying for ‘PG Occasional Students in SSCI ’ status and select the programme code '2700O'.
You will not receive an award or credit from Newcastle University for your studies. The normal maximum length for visiting students is 12 months.
Fees and funding
The University charges a fee for Occasional Research Students and any other students not studying modules.
On paying these fees, you will be entitled to:
- an introductory meeting with an appropriate member of academic staff
- a monthly meeting to discuss and review work-in-progress with the same member of academic staff
- opportunities to consult with other academic staff in their scheduled office hours
- access to desk space
- access to computing facilities
- access to Newcastle University library; attend School seminars and other research events, as appropriate
- an opportunity to attend MA and Faculty research training sessions, in agreement with the degree programme director
If you don't have your own funds to support your planned visit to Newcastle, then you may be eligible to apply to the School for up to three months of Occasional student fees. If you are eligible to apply then please complete the Visiting Postgraduate Research Student funding form (Word: 54KB).
For further information please contact the Postgraduate Research Secretary