Civil Engineering (Geotechnical and Engineering Geology) MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320-£10,950 part time £2,160-£5,475
International: full time £14,890-£21,455 part time fees

Fees vary according to the exact nature of the research project.

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

We conduct multidisciplinary research in the fields of ground improvement and remediation, in situ testing, geotechnical design, and geotechnical processes in construction and the natural environment. Major achievements include revolutionary developments in electrokinetic geosynthetics, self-boring pressure meters, geothermal testing and the construction of a full-scale embankment for field experimentation.

MPhil/PhD supervision is normally available within the broad disciplines of geotechnical engineering and engineering geology, particularly in any of our current research areas of:
seismic engineering and extreme loadings; slope stability; multi-phase flow and coupled multi-field analysis; soil modelling; waste minimisation and reuse; ground improvement; site characterisation. Examples of specific project areas and titles may be obtained from our research projects websites in geotechnical and structural engineering and geoscience.

Research staff within Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology include: Dr C Davie, Dr S Glendinning, Dr J Hall, Dr P Hughes, and Dr M Rouainia.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

We offer PhD and MPhil degrees on both full-time and part-time bases. Off-campus modes of study may be available in some circumstances, particularly where candidates have industrial sponsorship. You are provided with formal training in research methods for engineers and encouraged to attend appropriate taught modules to supplement your research training. We are dedicated to excellence in research degrees. Our programmes include intensive subject-specific supervision and training in research methodologies and core skills. There are also opportunities to undertake paid laboratory demonstrating and tutoring to gain teaching experience.

Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School provides training in professional/key skills and research techniques, supports personal development, hosts postgraduate events and has links with several specialist graduate training networks.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in civil engineering, geology or a related discipline. Industrial experience desirable but not essential.

Applicants whose first language is not English normally require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme, applicants will be informed of this in the offer letter.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.
More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply.

There are three possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • or 28 April 2014
  • 22 September 2014 

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Postgraduate Research Secretary (Civil Engineering)
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6445

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Civil Engineering.

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