Chemistry 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-£10,950 part time £2,160-£5,475
International: full time £14,180-£21,455

Fees vary according to the exact nature of the research project.

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

Research in the School of Chemistry has been arranged into three groupings, each of which provides opportunities for interdisciplinary work with other schools in the University and also externally.

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

Synthetic and medicinal chemistry
The group brings together inorganic, organic and medicinal chemists with complementary expertise to tackle challenging problems in the areas of catalysis, lanthanide, transition and main group chemistry, synthetic methodology development, medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. The work of the group ranges from exploratory and targeted synthetic chemistry to mechanistic studies and the development of new catalysts and drugs. Examples include anticancer drug design; radiolabelled diagnostic agents for PET; fundamental synthetic chemistry for the development of new pharmaceuticals; toxicology; DNA damage and remediation; biomimetic chemistry; metalloproteins; nucleic acid chemistry; anti-viral agents (Dr U Baisch, Dr C Cano, Dr M Carroll, Dr S Doherty, Dr R Errington, Professor B Golding, Professor R Griffin, Dr M Hall, Dr I Hardcastle, Dr L Higham, Dr K Izod, Dr J Knight, Professor M North).

Chemical nanoscience
Nanobiotechnology, nanowires and silicon quantum dots; biophysical chemistry; single molecule spectroscopy; self-assembled monolayers; molecular electronics; scanning probe microscopy; modified DNA;  polymer nanostructures (Dr D Fulton, Dr B Horrocks, Dr A Houlton, Dr A Pike, Dr E Tuite). We have a dedicated research laboratory with integrated facilities for synthesis, probe microscopy and spectroscopy. We collaborate extensively with colleagues in medicine, electronic and chemical engineering and are part of Newcastle University's NanoLAB.

Structural chemistry and spectroscopy
This group aims to establish a quantitative framework by which to understand and appreciate the static and dynamical properties of molecular materials and of their chemical reactions. These materials range from single multi-component molecules to intricate layered architectures and to biologically-related catalytic residues.  Advanced synthetic chemistry is applied to construct rationally-designed supermolecules and supramolecular entities. Spectroscopic tools include X-ray diffraction, multi-nuclear NMR spectroscopy, laser-induced fluorescence, stopped-flow spectrophotometry and fast transient absorption measurements, supported by Stark-effect spectroscopy and electrochemistry  (Dr U Baisch, Dr AC Benniston, Prof W Clegg, Dr JP Hagon, Prof A Harriman, Dr R Harrington, Prof RA Henderson, Dr CY Wills).

For more information about staff specialisms please see the School's website.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

Throughout your studies you work closely with your supervisor. In the initial stages your research will be guided by the supervisor, but as you gain confidence and expertise you will be given increasing responsibility for the day-to-day running of the project.

You will be trained in all aspects of chemical research, including the oral and written presentation of your work. Attendance at some formal lectures, as agreed with your supervisor, may be required during your first year. You will also attend research colloquia given by distinguished national and international speakers during this and subsequent years.

Our Postgraduate Committee provides impartial academic advice and guidance throughout your studies. Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School also provides training in professional/key skills and research techniques, supports personal development, and hosts postgraduate events.

+Entrance Requirements

A second-class BSc Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject.

An upper-second-class MChem, or international equivalent, in chemistry or a related subject. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with BSc qualifications if they have additional relevant experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 79 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 54 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.

International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme, applicants will be informed of this in the offer letter.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

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. If you wish to discuss possible projects you should contact staff direct via their e-mail addresses, which are provided on our website.

There are three possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • or 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:
Dr Ben Horrocks
School of Chemistry
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5619

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Chemistry.