Marine Technology 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

MPhil and PhD supervision is typically available in the following areas (but any related topics will happily be considered). 

Ship hydrodynamics
Marine and ship hydrodynamics; experimental fluid dynamics; high-speed and advanced marine craft; ship motion response and seakeeping; ship manoeuvring performance; advanced propulsors and cavitation; propulsion systems; (Professor M Atlar, Dr M Woodward).

Maritime Operability
Ship manoeuvring in confined waters; motion control of marine vehicles; operability in a seaway; tug design and operation; design for stability; advances in damage stability assessment; goal based design; optimization. (Dr. M. Woodward; Dr. K. Pazouki; Dr. P. Wright; Professor R. Birmingham; Professor J. Mangan)

Offshore and pipeline engineering
Hydrodynamics of fixed and floating offshore platforms; mooring design and analysis; reliability-based strength analysis of fixed and floating offshore platforms; residual strength of damaged ships and offshore structures; pipeline design; pipeline integrity and integrity management; decommissioning; strength, fatigue and fracture analysis; corrosion and defect assessments; dent strain modelling (Professor R Dow,  Professor L Tao, Dr J Race, Dr Y Pu).

Technology for the marine environment
Environmental impact of marine design and operations; ballast water treatment techniques; biofouling and environmentally friendly coatings; engine emissions; wash effects; artificial reefs; environmental sustainability assessment; sustainable shipping (Professor R Birmingham, Professor G Burgess, Professor M Atlar, Professor A Clare, Professor M Bentley).

Marine design
Optimal marine design; multiple objective decision support; scheduling in marine construction; safety and security; reliability; dependability; marine transport; virtual reality in ship design; composite warship structures (Professor R Dow, Dr P Wright, Professor R Birmingham).

Marine engineering
Marine systems; dynamic modelling; power and propulsion systems; marine actuation and control; motion control of marine vehicles; artificial neural networks; intelligent modelling; simulation and adaptive control; diagnosis and sensor validation; all-electric ship; water jets; turbines (Dr A Murphy, Dr R Norman, Mr K Pazouki).

Marine structures
Ultimate hull girder strength; non-linear finite element analysis; fire resistance of composite materials; large-scale structural testing; fatigue reliability analysis of ships; structural reliability analysis (Professor R Dow, Professor L Tao, Dr Y Pu, Dr P Wright).

Renewable energy
Electrical generation systems; marine renewable energy; wave and tidal power devices; tidal power; CO2 transport and sequestration (Professor M Atlar, Dr R Norman, Dr J Race).

Small craft
Design methodologies; design for safety ship stability; tugs; fishing vessels; small commercial craft; sustainability of fisheries; small craft electrical systems; leisure craft (Professor R Birmingham, Dr M Woodward).

Marine transport and management
Shipping economics and management; marine transport systems; modelling and forecasting (Mr P Stott, Professor J Mangan, Visiting Professors M Stopford and C Lalwani).

We offer different routes to a research degree qualification including full-time supervised research projects, and part-taught part-research programmes. Integrated PhD and part-time programmes are also available.

For more information about staff specialisms please see the School's website.

Newcastle University International Singapore

MPhil and PhD supervision is also available in the following areas at our Newcastle University International Singapore campuses:

• ship and offshore hydrodynamics
• ship and structure motions and loads response modelling
• ship and offshore design and testing
• operating risk
• propulsion (electric and hybrid)
• dynamic positioning
• shipyard production, engineering and operations
• ship recycling
• offshore renewable energy systems
• structure resilience and collapse behaviour
• structure inspection and reliability forecast
• drilling engineering
• marine engine combustion, efficiency & emissions
• complex heat exchangers
• LNG fuel and zero carbon emission shipping
• ballast water treatment & geographic impact modelling

Find out more about our Singapore-based staff specialisms

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School provides a comprehensive training programme in professional/key skills and research techniques, supports personal development, and hosts postgraduate events.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent.

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

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
  • 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 Secretary
School of Marine Science and Technology                                          
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6661                                         

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