Nanoscale Science and Technology 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

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 or may be higher according to the exact nature of the research project.

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

MPhil and PhD supervision is available in: micro and nanoscale design, fabrication, manufacturing and manipulation; top-down and bottom-up fabrication; nanoscale materials and electronics; applications of nano and microelectronics in medical science, including cell biology, neuroscience, human genetics and ageing; polymers; self-assembly; chemistry of nanoscale systems; biomolecular engineering - microfluids, bioprobes and biosensor systems, MEMS/NEMS-based sensors and devices.

For more information about staff specialisms please see the nanoLAB website.

Many research projects cross the disciplinary boundaries of medicine, engineering and the physical sciences. Depending on the source of funding, your project may involve collaboration with an industry partner or you may work in a team with a number of students to develop an idea to the point where, following your degree, you can create a spin-off company to commercialise the results of your research.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

There are opportunities to develop your business awareness and skills, with training in topics such as intellectual property protection.

nanoLAB also hosts regular research seminars, conferences and workshops.

In addition, our Medical Sciences Graduate School  and Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School also have 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

MPhil
An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in biotechnology, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, microbiology, physics or related subject.

PhD
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

Grants raised by staff from research councils.

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. Studentships may be offered from June onwards to high-quality candidates (subject to confirmation of projected grades), so early application is recommended. 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:

  • 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:
Julie Bohill
nanoLAB
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5018
E-mail: nanolab@ncl.ac.uk
www.ncl.ac.uk/nanolab

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Nanoscale Science and Technology