Geomatics 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

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

Satellite geodesy
GPS and geophysical modelling; GPS/GNSS geodesy; precise orbit determination of altimetric and geodetic satellites; sea level; ice sheet mass balance; satellite altimetry; static and temporal gravity field and reference frame analyses from dedicated satellite missions; SAR interferometry; geophysical and industrial deformation monitoring; geodynamics and geohazards; integration of GPS and INS; and engineering geodesy (Dr R Bingham, Professor P Clarke, Dr S Edwards, Dr M King, Professor P Moore, Dr N Penna).

Geospatial Engineering 
Geoinformatics and advanced GIS; geospatial algorithm development; spatial modelling including network modelling, cellular automata and agent based approaches to spatial complexity; multimedia cartography and information delivery; temporal GIS; geospatial data management; airborne and satellite remote sensing applied to environmental impact assessment; land use, vegetation and pollution monitoring; Earth observation of urban systems; photogrammetry; laser scanning; and precise non-contact dimensional control (Dr S Barr, Dr D Fairbairn, Dr R Gaulton, Mr P James, Professor J Mills).

Please contact us or see our website for more details, including recent work and specific projects available.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

You will be matched with research-active academics, who will provide advice and support throughout your research project. The first three months of study involve quite intensive theoretical and practical tuition to ensure that you have the study skills to plan your project and can use the equipment and software related to your research. You will be encouraged to attend our weekly research seminar series and to present your work at our annual postgraduate research conference, group seminars and relevant international conferences.

Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School provides training in professional/key skills and research techniques, supports personal development and hosts postgraduate events.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant discipline, such as geomatics, surveying, mathematics physics, earth/environmental science, engineering, computing/IT or physical geography.

Applicants whose first language is not English normally 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.

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

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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. Informal contact is welcome prior to formal application.

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 Geomatics.