MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time
MD: normally 24 months full time; normally 48 months part time
Fees per academic year 2013-14
UK and EU: full time £4,320-£13,500 (MPhil; PhD; MD) part time £2,160-£6,750 (MPhil; PhD;MD)
International: full time £14,180-£23,360 (MPhil; PhD; MD) part time fees
Fees vary according to the exact nature of the research project.
More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.
MPhil, PhD and MD supervision is normally available in the following areas:
Exploratory biology and target discovery
Molecular genetic and mechanistic studies are used to identify processes relevant to cancer development and progression, and to validate these processes as targets for therapeutic intervention. A wide range of contemporary molecular biology, biochemical and cell biology techniques are used, and studies focus on breast, ovarian, prostate, bladder and lung cancer, mesothelioma, sarcoma, haematological malignancies (leukaemia and lymphoma) and paediatric solid tumours (neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma).
The exploitation of novel targets is achieved by the use of rational drug design, notably the use of structure-based design, in conjunction with medium-throughput screening. Target molecule synthesis and multiple parallel synthesis approaches are used for lead optimisation, and candidate drugs are evaluated in cell-free and whole cell target-based assays.
Clinical trials (Phase I/II/III) are undertaken in both adults and children. Trials have a strong hypothesis-testing translational research component and are performed under the auspices of national or international research networks (eg CR–UK, CCLG, EORTC), as well as directly in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry.
For more information about staff specialisms please see the Institute's website.
We run regular postgraduate seminars and all students are required to attend and to give presentations. Students are also required to attend and present data annually at national cancer research meetings and at least one international meeting during their programme. There are opportunities for you to supplement your income by undertaking laboratory demonstrating and other teaching support work.
Our Medical Sciences Graduate School has a thriving postgraduate research culture, with additional support for international students. We have an excellent record for timely PhD submission, provide training in professional/key skills and research techniques and support personal development.
An upper-second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate area relevant to the proposed topic of research. Appropriate experience is desirable.
MD candidates need a MBBS, or equivalent medical degree.
Candidates whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), 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.
Funded PhD positions are usually advertised on the funding database and the Newcastle Biomedicine website.scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.
Visit our postgraduate application site.
There are three possible start dates for your research degree:
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.
My time as a postgraduate student was great. For me, it enabled me to integrate what I had learnt both as an undergraduate and as a general dental practitioner, and elevate my knowledge, understanding and clinical skills far beyond that achieved as an undergraduate.