Interested in visiting the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology during your PhD studies?

The School welcomes applications from PhD students based at other universities – in the UK and elsewhere – to spend time at Newcastle in support of their doctoral study. It may be that you are planning fieldwork in the north east of England, or looking to access particular library holdings, or would like to work with one of our leading academics. In recent years, we have welcomed visiting PhD students from Italy, France, Finland, Australia and from other parts of the UK.

You can find out more about the research and postgraduate activities in the School on our website, to identify research areas and academic staff related to your own. The School has a number of research clusters which organise events - more or less formal - to support both staff and postgraduates, and we teach a range of postgraduate programmes in our areas of expertise.

Students who have stayed with us have found the visit a very rewarding experience, both in terms of furthering their doctoral research, but also in terms of spending time with our academics and fellow postgraduate research students in a stimulating and enjoyable working environment.

If you have your own funds to support your visit, then please simply get in touch with the most appropriate member of staff to discuss possibilities. If you are not sure who might best support your research, please contact the relevant postgraduate research director who will be able to direct to their colleagues for further information:

Once we have agreed to your visit in principle, all visiting students must register as occasional students and apply online. Be sure to note, in the section on Programme of Study, that you are applying for ‘occasional student’ status as you apply.

The University charges a fee for Occasional Research Students and any other students not studying modules. These can be found here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/regulations/fees/

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;
  • the provision of a desk;
  • access to computing services;
  • 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 do not have your own funds to support your planned visit to Newcastle, then you may be eligible to apply for one of the School’s Visiting Postgraduate Fellowships. If you are eligible to apply then please complete the appropriate Visiting Postgraduate Fellowship form.

You will not receive an award or credit from Newcastle University for your studies and the normal maximum length for visiting students is 12 months.

Applicants for occasional student status must normally meet our standard entry requirements. This means all applicants must hold at least an upper-second-class Honours degree and/or a Master’s degree in a relevant subject. Applicants whose first language is not English would require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 575 (paper-based) or 233 (computer-based), or equivalent.