Civil Engineering (Transport) 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 £14,890-£21,455 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

Main avenues of research include land use and network models, passenger transport and policy, transport and the environment, and infrastructure design and telematics.

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

Freight and traffic loading; public transport management and operations; traffic management and control; road traffic safety and accident analysis; transport emissions and the environment; transport telematics and image processing; intelligent transport systems (ITS); travel behaviour; highway design and engineering; operating speed models; environmental impact and monitoring of transport activities.

Examples of specific project areas and titles may be obtained from our postgraduate brochure, or our research projects website.

General staff interests include: transport emissions and the environment (Professor M Bell, Dr A Namdeo); highway engineering, safety and accident analysis (Mr R Bird); transport telematics and ITS (Professor P Blythe); transport studies, travel behaviour (Dr N Thorpe); transport studies, safety and transport modelling (Dr D Dissanayake).

 Research Degree Training and Skills Development

The Transport Operations Research Group has weekly seminars during term time at which staff, current PhD students and invited speakers make presentations. The main research themes presently being pursued deal with transport telematics, public transport, transport and the environment, pollution and congestion, road-user charging and infrastructure, and most research students are working in one of these areas. Opportunities arise for students to make presentations at conferences, and the group arranges attendance at the Universities’ Transport Study Group Annual Conference.

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, or international equivalent, in a related subject.

Applicants whose first language is not English normally require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

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.

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

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

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:
Postgraduate Research Secretary (Civil Engineering)
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6445

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Civil Engineering.