Biotechnology 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 - £13,500 part time £2,160 - £6,750
International: full time £14,890 - £23,980 part time fees

Fees vary according to the exact nature of the research project.
More information is available about tuition tees and discounts

Research Areas 

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

Medical Sciences
In Medical Sciences our research focuses on translational medicine, from drug discovery and development to effective product commercialisation and process optimisation. Key areas are:

  • the development of drugs for the treatment of cancer and psychiatric disorders;
  • novel antibiotic innovation;
  • design and development of integrated electrochemical and bio-microelectromechanical (bio-MEMS) sensors for application to point-of-care diagnosis of disease processes and sensor technologies for real-time, high content intracellular analysis using polymer-based nanosensor systems.

Biological, agricultural and environmental sciences:
In biological, agricultural and environmental sciences our research focuses on:

  • the search and discovery of commercially significant natural products;
  • the production of crops with novel traits;
  • the fundamental role played by micro-organisms in the turnover of pollutants and the production of high value novel compounds, including pharmaceuticals and pesticides.

Further biomedical and biotechnological research is undertaken in:

Marine science and technology:
Our work has led to pioneering developments in developing novel antibiotics and omega 3 oils from plankton. We also explore the industrial applications of marine organisms such as the development of environmentally friendly antifouling coatings.

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. Depending on your specific area of research, our Medical Sciences Graduate School  or Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School will provide you with a comprehensive research training programme.

They have a thriving postgraduate research culture, with additional support for international students. The Graduate Schools also 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 international equivalent, in a science or medicine related subject.

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in the above subjects plus further research experience and/or a further qualification such as an MRes.

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

Funded PhD positions are usually advertised on the Newcastle Biomedicine website (Medical Sciences)

International students - most international students obtain their funding from government or industry in their own country. Others have been funded through, for example, the Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards scheme.

Excellent candidates may be eligible for the partial scholarship schemes advertised at:

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications for research degrees are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Depending on the specific area of your research, your application may be administered by the Medical Sciences Graduate School or the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School.

There are three possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 23 September 2013
  • 6 January 2014
  • or 28 April 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 more information (Medical Sciences):

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

For more information (biology):

Nikki Morton
School of Biology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4848

For more information (agricultural and environmental sciences):

School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Postgraduate Office
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6573

For more information (marine science and technology):

School of Marine Science and Technology
Postgraduate Office
Telephone +44 (0) 191 208 6661

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Biotechnology