Research Postgraduate Programmes

We offer postgraduate research degrees in all of our subject areas at doctoral level and Master's level. Please visit the University's prospectus for further information about choosing a research degree, and the differences to each option. Guidance is available to assist postgraduate research applicants in their initial application to Newcastle University.

Studying a research programme

Much of the stimulus for our academic research comes from informal discussions with our students and staff. You will have access to excellent facilities, most within five minutes of our postgraduate suite which provides tailored support. The School provides specific postgraduate events such as:

  • an annual Postgraduate Conference
  • research seminars with leading UK and international academics
  • 'Quorum', a series of Classics seminar meetings
  • the Pybus seminar series on the history of medicine
  • Postgraduate Forum lunchtime seminars
  • social occasions

The Postgraduate Forum gives an idea of the range and depth of research undertaken by the school's postgraduates. It publishes postgraduate work, lists useful research and postgraduate links and conference announcements. There are also three student societies, The History Society, The Archaeological Society and The Maximus Society (for Classics).

Choosing a supervisor

When considering one of our research degrees, we advise you to make informal contact with a potential supervisor and/or programme director before applying, to help ensure this is the right programme and supervisor for you. You can take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Find out about staff research interests in Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, History, and History of Medicine.

Download a copy of the Degree Programme Handbooks for: MLitt or MPhil & PhD

Entry requirements

For any of the research Masters you should normally possess a good 2:1 Honours degree or higher in an appropriate discipline, or the overseas equivalent, and for the PhD programme you should have a related Master's degree, or the overseas equivalent. Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 575 (paper-based) or 233 (computer-based), or equivalent.


To apply use the postgraduate online application form. 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.

Help and guidance is available for completing your research proposal - which should include the research theme, field of study and methodology.

While there is no formal closing date for applicants, candidates intending to apply for AHRC funding should contact us by 1 March each year. Wherever possible applicants are interviewed.


If you have any queries, please feel to contact:

Sandra Fletcher
Postgraduate Support Officer
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7966