Biosciences MPhil; PhD;  MD

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 2014-15

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-£23,980 (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.

Research Areas

MPhil, PhD and MD supervision is normally available in the following areas:

Bacterial cell biology and biochemistry:
The wide-ranging research carried out in the bacterial cell biology group includes fundamental problems such as the cell cycle, cell wall morphogenesis, metals in cells, transcription and gene regulation. We also have several leading groups working on important bacterial pathogens.

Eukaryotic cell biology and biochemistry:
Model organisms, from yeast and other unicellular organisms, through worms and flies to mammalian cells are utilised. A diverse range of interests, including major strengths in the cell cycle, stress responses, cell signalling and transport are studied. Important research is also focused on evolution, pathogenesis and other disease processes.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

We have an international reputation for many areas of our research, which creates a dynamic environment for postgraduate study. In addition to subject-specific research training, 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.

+Entrance Requirements

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 often 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

Funded PhD positions are usually advertised on the Newcastle Biomedicine website.

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. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

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:

Medical Sciences Graduate School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7002

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Biosciences