Biological Sciences 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

Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 - £10,950 part time £2,160 - £5,475
International: full time £14,180 - £21,455 part time fees

Fees may be higher according to the exact nature of the research project.
More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

We supervise MPhil and PhD students whose interests match the expertise we have in our main research areas.

Biodiversity and Conservation
Our biodiversity and conservation group investigates the ecology and evolution of organisms in their natural environment to inform land management practices and environmental policy decision-making across a range of environmental issues

Agri-environment
Our agri-environment group undertakes research in plant and insect physiology; biochemistry; and molecular biology in relation to sustainable agriculture and the environment. Current research projects include: mathematical modelling to predict the impact of changes in the agri-environment; molecular techniques to develop crop resistance to pests and diseases; and mechanisms of plant adaptation to drought, salinity and atmospheric pollutants.

Microbiology
Our microbiology group investigates processes of commercial and environmental importance including: natural products discovery; biofuel production; creation of novel antimicrobials; bioremediation of polluted environments; and host-pathogen interactions in a range of diseases including those in plants and coral reef environments.

For more information about staff specialisms please visit the website for the School of Biology. Applicants can put forward their own research proposal, or alternatively they can follow one of the projects suggested on the School website.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

The School of Biology has good contacts with industry and host seminars and workshops, some of which are attended by visiting professors from industry. Students have the opportunity to participate at national and international conferences and to supplement their income by undertaking undergraduate laboratory demonstrating. 

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 and a Master's degree in a related subject, or international equivalent.

Applicants 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

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

The Natural Environment Research Council.

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:

Liam Fisher
School of Biology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4848
E-mail: Biology-PG@ncl.ac.uk

www.ncl.ac.uk/biology/study/postgrad/

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Biological Sciences