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 2013-14
UK and EU: full time £4,320 - £10,950 part time £2,160 - £5,475
International: full time £14,180 - £20,810 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 supervision is normally available in the following areas:
Molecular and environmental signalling
Temperate and tropical environments; function, characterisation and exploitation of marine chemical signals; transduction of environmental signals; biofouling; biological rhythmicity; invasive species (Professor M Bentley, Professor G Burgess, Dr G Caldwell, Professor A Clare).
Dynamics of fragile marine ecosystems
Trophodynamics; ecosystem degradation; fishing and global warming impacts; coral reef and deep-sea ecosystems (Professor N Polunin, Dr J Delany, Dr B Wigham).
Chemical defence in marine microbes; antifouling; quorum sensing; marine bioadhesives; marine genomics; marine biomass for energy and chemicals (Professor G Burgess, Dr G Caldwell, Professor A Clare).
Cycling and emissions of climatically important gases; dissolved organic matter; photochemistry; nutrient cycling; gas exchange and sea-surface microlayer studies (Professor R Upstill-Goddard, Dr G Uher).
Marine protected and no-trawl areas; interdisciplinary environmental science and conservation; fishermen’s knowledge; fisheries and coastal governance (Professor N Polunin, Dr S Stead).
We warmly welcome research applications in the general areas of: community macroecology; food web and ecosystem dynamics; marine resource management and coastal governance; marine organisms as environmental signal transducers and effectors; reproduction of invertebrates; marine biofouling and bioadhesion; environmental genomics and proteomics; ocean/atmosphere exchanges of climatically active trace gases; estuarine/coastal biogeochemistry.
A number of different routes to a research degree qualification are offered including full-time and part-time supervised research programmes. Part-time and off-campus study modes are also available.
For more information about staff specialisms please see the School's website.
Our high research degree completion rates testify to the supportive environment and excellent supervisory systems we have in place for our research students and the quality of the training we provide in project-specific and transferable skills. 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.
A minimum of an upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent. Please contact us with details of your degree and proposed subject of research if you are in any doubt. Applications from international students are welcome. Applicants 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.
UK/EU students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.
Visit our postgraduate application site.
Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. For more information, visit the School’s website. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering.
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.
For further information please contact:
School of Marine Science and Technology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 222 6661
This programme is within the subject area of Marine Sciences
Be very passionate about the subject you choose and you'll go a long way.