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Agriculture MPhil, PhD

Agriculture MPhil, PhD

MPhil - full time: minimum 12 months, part time: minimum 24 months
PhD - full time: minimum 36 months, part time: minimum 72 months

Profile

MPhil and PhD supervision covers a number of research topics supported by research active academic staff. Our range of research areas relate to crop science, soil science, ecological (organic) agriculture, and agricultural water management.

Crop science

Genes and physiological traits, such as:

  • resistance to crop pests and diseases
  • molecular-assisted selection and breeding methods
  • plant environment interactions and their relationships to stress biology
  • physiological basis of crop yield and quality
  • biotransformation of synthetic compounds and natural products in plants
  • herbicide selectivity in cereals and competing weeds

Soil science

  • soil ecology and the contribution of soil biodiversity to soil quality
  • soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics
  • interpretation of soil and landscape processes to improve understanding of recent and historical environmental change
  • land degradation processes and their control

Ecological (organic) agriculture

  • functional biodiversity for control of pest, disease and weed pressure
  • long term factorial systems comparison experiments for in depth study of different aspects of conventional and organic farming systems

Agricultural water management

  • irrigated agriculture
  • interactions between land-use and hydrological response in a semi-arid environment
  • soil hydrological processes affecting management of salinity in irrigated land
Student profile

With my PhD, I have ownership of my programme of study. I feel very independent.

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Amelia

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Data based on responses from 65 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying in the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. See more about what our graduates do.

Delivery

Delivery

We offer a number of different routes to a research degree qualification, including full-time and part-time supervised research projects. We attract postgraduates via non-traditional routes, including mature students and part-time postgraduates undertaking study as part of their continuing professional development. Off-campus (split) research is also offered, which enables you to conduct trials in conditions appropriate to your research programme.

Related Degrees

  • Agricultural and Environmental Science MSc

    This course gives you an understanding of how agriculture interacts with the environment. There is an emphasis on sustainability and the ecological consequences of unsound management. It gives you the skills for a career related to sustainability in farming systems, environmental management or rural development.

  • Food and Rural Development Research MSc

    The Food and Rural Development Research MSc is designed to provide high quality training for those interested in a research career focusing on food social science, rural development and rural sociology. The research focus makes the course ideal if you are interested in gaining a Master's qualification and then continuing on to a PhD.

All related programmes

Training & Skills

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, doctoral training centres and Research Student Support Team.

Researcher Development Programme

Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme aims to help you develop the skills and experience that the UK Research Councils expect you to have, or to develop, during your research degree.

Our programme will help you to:

  • complete a training needs analysis, so that you know what your current skills are and where you need help and development
  • use your training needs analysis to create your personal development plan
  • identify appropriate workshops or other events that will help you most and best address your development needs
  • gain the personal and professional key skills development for the successful completion of your research degree

Postgraduate Research Student Support

Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.

IAPETUS Natural Environment Research Council Doctoral Training

IAPETUS is a partnership that joins the leading research universities of Newcastle, Durham, Glasgow, St Andrews and Stirling together with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, in a united approach to doctoral research and training the next generation of leaders in the science of the natural environment.

IAPETUS is a multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), funded and accredited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), offering PhD students a world-class environment in which to study. This includes:

  • fully-funded PhD studentships
  • supervision and support from academics and researchers who are world-leaders in their field
  • tailored training and development programmes
  • placements and internship opportunities
  • high-quality laboratories, facilities and resources

Fees & Funding

2017-2018 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

MPhil, PhD

UK/EU

Full time: £4,540 - £10,165
Part time: £2,270 - £5,080

International

Full time: £16,585 - £22,210

You can read more about our tuition fees and discounts available.

Fee ranges

Our fee range takes into account your research topic and resource requirements.

Your research topic is unique and as such will have unique resource requirements. Resources could include specialist equipment, such as laboratory/workshop access, or technical staff.

If your research involves accessing specialist resources then you're likely to pay a higher fee. You'll discuss the exact nature of your research project with your supervisor(s). You'll find out the fee in your offer letter.

Funding opportunities

Funding for UK/EU students Number of awards Value of awards
PhD Studentship in Agricultural Biochemistry - Safener activity and metabolic resistance to herbicides in dicots

One

Depending on how you meet the BBSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the four-year duration of your PhD and an annual stipend of £14,701 (2016-2017). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Non EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (NUORS)

15

Tuition fee scholarships of typically £7,800 - £11,700 per year. The award covers the difference between fees for UK/EU students and international students.

Our students/graduates Number of awards Value of awards
20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Discount varies by level of tuition fee.

All Students Number of awards Value of awards
PhD Studentship in Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) - Stakeholder involvement in policy evaluation within the Institute and linked to the ESRC CECAN Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity across the Nexus

1

Award is worth £16,805 per year, contributing towards your PhD tuition fees and living costs.  Non-EU nationals can apply but will need to fund the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in School of Biology – Slug Physiology

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296.

Our students/graduates Number of awards Value of awards
20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Discount varies by level of tuition fee.

UK/EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Doctoral Training Studentships (MRes plus PhD) in Cloud Computing for Big Data

12

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual tax free stipend (or living allowance) of £14,296. Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

IAPETUS NERC PhD Studentships - Biology, Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Geography, Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

12 PhD studentships offered across all partner institutions.

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual tax-free stipend (or living expenses) of £14,296 (pending confirmation). Extensive research support funding is also offered.

PhD Studentships in the Arts and Humanities - AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

50 PhD studentships offered across Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen's University Belfast.

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) at the Research Councils' UK (RCUK) postgraduate rate, currently £14,296. Also, additional funding to cover other study related costs (ie study abroad, conference attendance etc).

Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme

Maximum of £10,000

PhD in Marine Science and Technology - Shipping Exhaust Gas Emission Modelling, Indexing and Regulation

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid. £13,726 living expenses per year.

Disabled Students' Allowances

Varies

Professional and Career Development Loans

Varies

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: The Use of Perovskite-type Oxygen-carriers for Hydrogen Production via Chemical Looping

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Next generation of composite molten salt-ceramic membranes for selective separation of NOx, SO2 and CO2

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: State of the art novel catalysts for environmental reaction engineering

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Industrial CASE PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Data-driven modelling of glass durability and glass pouring rate in nuclear waste vitrification process

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria), and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Marie Curie PhD Fellowship on mammalian mitochondrial gene expression

1

An annual stipend will be paid to cover fees at the Home rate and living expenses.  The amount of stipend will vary depending on where the students appointed are from and their current circumstances.

Marie Curie PhD Fellowship on the regulation of human mitochondrial expression

1

An annual stipend will be paid to cover fees at the Home rate and living expenses.  The amount of stipend will vary depending on where the students appointed are from and their current circumstances.

PhD in Civil Engineering Discrete Element Method modelling of non-spherical particles: application to geomaterials, process and mining engineering

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296 (full award). 

PhD Studentship in Synthetic Biology – Modelling Genetic Circuits in Space-Time

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296.

PhD Studentship in Agricultural Biochemistry - Safener activity and metabolic resistance to herbicides in dicots

One

Depending on how you meet the BBSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the four-year duration of your PhD and an annual stipend of £14,701 (2016-2017). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

BBSRC PhD studentships – Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham Doctoral Training Partnership in Biosciences

22 studentships across the partnership

100% of UK/EU fees paid and a tax-free stipend (living expenses) at the Research Council UK rate (indicative amount in Year 1, £14,296). Some students will be eligible for a fee-only award (no stipend)

NIHR School for Primary Care Research Doctoral Studentship

1

100% UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £16,000.  Significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

PhD Studentship in Public Health and Epidemiology - Life-course determinants of poor oral health in older people: an epidemiological study using population-based cohorts in the UK and USA

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296.   Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

International (Non EU) students Number of awards Value of awards
International Family Discounts (IFD)

10% of the tuition fee per year.

Fulbright Scholarships

Varies

British Marshall Scholarships

40

Varies

Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (NUORS)

15

Tuition fee scholarships of typically £7,800 - £11,700 per year. The award covers the difference between fees for UK/EU students and international students.

Newcastle University International Postgraduate Scholarship (NUIPS)

Partial scholarship payable towards tuition fees

Country-specific Scholarships

Varies.

Chinese Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £5,000 for a range of Business School postgraduate courses.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

6

Tuition fees, living expenses, return economy air fare, study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas plus a warm clothing allowance.

All students Number of awards Value of awards
MSc Funding - 1st Class Scholarship (School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences)

Not specified

£2,000

ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentships in the Social Sciences

50 PhD studentships across the Universities of:

  • Newcastle
  • Durham
  • Queen's Belfast
  • Ulster
  • Northumbria 
  • Teesside 
  • Sunderland

100% tuition fees plus an annual stipend at the RCUK postgraduate rate, currently £14,296. Additional funding is available to cover costs of study abroad, conference attendance, fieldwork, attendance at NINE DTP cohort-building events, short-term placements and specialist skills training.

David Goldman PhD studentship in Innovation and Enterprise

1

100% tuition fees paid at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend (living expenses) equal to that provided by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (estimated rate of £13,590 in 2016/17). 

Clinical Research Funding - various

Varies

Health Education England Bursaries (Physician Associate Studies, PGDip)

20 awards for 2016 entry

£15,000 bursary (£7,500 per year). The Bursary is paid as a tuition fee discount direct to the University.

School and Research Institute Studentships, Bursaries and Scholarships

Varies

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Instalments
2% Tuition Fee Discount

2% off annual tuition fee

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

Varies

Varies.

Sir Mark Waller Postgraduate Law Scholarships

6 for international students, 2 for home/EU students.

Full and partial (£2,500-£3,000) tuition fee scholarships.

Charities and Trusts

Varies

Allergy Module Funding

Varies

The Crown Estate Bursaries - MSc Marine Technology Education Consortium (MTEC)

9

Partial tuition fee bursaries of £3,600.

Employer Sponsorship

Varies

FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com Postgraduate Scholarships

1x £5,000 PhD scholarship
1x £5,000 Masters scholarship
4x £500 scholarships

£12,000 across six awards.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

15

£500 payable towards tuition fees.

Teacher Training (PGCE programmes)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip Bursaries

£2,000

The North of England P and I Association Limited (NEPIA) Studentship

1

£2500

PhD Studentship - Do age-associated B-cells contribute to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis?

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expense of £14,296.  Also significant additional funding to cover research expenses, general training, travel and meeting costs.  

Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Sport Scholarships

Varies

£500 - £10,000

Santander Mobility Awards for 2016/17

10 minimum

Maximum value of £1,400

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Mathematical modelling studies of rhythmic hydrogels for medical applications

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Activia Training UK Scholarship Award

2

£500 for college and university students in the UK.

Research Excellence Academy Scholarship in the Constructions and uses of the European past in heritage and political discourse

1

The scholarship includes the UK/EU rate of tuition fee and £14,296 living expenses per year (2016-17 Research Council UK rate).

Research Excellence Academy Studentship in Prehistoric fuel use in the archaeological record: developing the potential of ash through integrating microfossil analysis and geochemistry

1

100% of tuition fees and £14,296 living expenses per year (2016-17 Research Council UK rate).

Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentship in Linguistics

1

The studentship includes the UK/EU rate of tuition fee and £14,296 living expenses per year (2016-17 Research Councils UK rate).

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Understanding Biological Pathways for Nanoparticle Synthesis

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).

PhD Studentships in Chemistry - Developing New Materials for Tandem Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

3

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at RCUK rate (£14,296 2016/17).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD School of Chemistry Newcastle University: Advanced Materials for Redox Flow Batteries

1

100% tuition fees plus an annual stipend of £14,057 (based on RCUK stipend levels).  Overseas applicants should be aware that the overseas fees are not covered by the studentship, and would need to be self-funded.  The fees and stipend cover UK/EU applicants only.

PhD Studentship in Cancer Research - Functional screening for novel therapies in high-risk childhood cancers

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,171.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU and international fee.

Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £2,000 - £5,000 for a range of Business School Master’s courses.

MBA Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £6,000 will be awarded to high achieving MBA candidates.

MBA Leadership Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £10,000 will be awarded to high achieving MBA candidates.

PhD Studentship in Marine Transport – Market innovations and shipping economics

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of £14,296.  International students may apply, however tuition fees will only be covered at the UK/EU rate.  Limited financial support may be available for research and fieldwork costs.

PhD Studentship in Diagnostic Test Evaluation Methodology - Evaluations of diagnostic tests in the presence of an imperfect reference standard and the health economic considerations

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and annual living expenses of £14,296.  Also additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD project in Statistics

1

100% tuition fees plus a tax-free stipend of (up to) £14,296 (16/17 level), a desktop computer, and £1500 travel allowance.

PhD project in Pure Mathematics

1

100% tuition fees plus a tax-free stipend of (up to) £14,296 (16/17 level), a desktop computer, and £1500 travel allowance.

PhD project in Applied Mathematics

1

100% tuition fees plus a tax-free stipend of (up to) £14,296 (16/17 level), a desktop computer, and £1500 travel allowance.

PhD Studentship in School of Chemistry - Quantum Mechanical Simulations for the Development of Novel Cancer Therapies

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at RCUK rate (£14,296 2016/17).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD project in Physics

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees plus a tax-free stipend of (up to) £14,296 (16/17 level), a desktop computer, and £1500 travel allowance.

Practice-led PhD in Fine Art, in partnership with Helix Arts: Power, voice and decision-making in participative arts practice

1

100% UK/EU rate of tuition fees and £14,296 living expenses per year (2016 - 17 Research Council UK rate).

PhD Studentship in Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) - Stakeholder involvement in policy evaluation within the Institute and linked to the ESRC CECAN Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity across the Nexus

1

Award is worth £16,805 per year, contributing towards your PhD tuition fees and living costs.  Non-EU nationals can apply but will need to fund the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Developing Stable Functional Head Group for Anion Exchange Membranes

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, 100%  tuition fees at the international students fees (if applicable otherwise UK/EU) and an annual stipend of £14,296 (2016/17). 

PhD Studentship in School of Biology – Slug Physiology

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296.

PhD Studentship in School of Chemistry – Probing Femtosecond Dynamics with Core Hole Spectroscopy: Theoretical Approach

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at RCUK rate (£14,296 2016/17).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentship in Sociology - asylum seekers and refugees in peripheral urban areas in the north of England and the Italian South

1

100% of UK/EU fees and an annual stipend at RCUK rates (rate for 2016-2017 was £14,296 per year).  Also included is a research training and support grant of £750 per year and an overseas fieldwork support grant of £450 per year.

Physical Geography Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentships

Two Physical Geography Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentship awards are available, with five potential projects to choose from.

100% of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate will be paid and an annual maintenance grant equivalent to the RCUK rate (current stipend for 2016/17 is £14,296). Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

We usually expect research experience and/or a postgraduate qualification, such as a MRes or MSc, for PhD study. Please contact us if you are in any doubt.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.

How to Apply

You should get in touch about our research degrees before you apply. Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

You can apply for funded and non-funded PhD opportunities in the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.

Interview

You'll be invited for an interview as part of the application process. The supervisor will arrange this with you.

Start dates

The course starts in September, but we consider January and April start dates on an individual basis. 

There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Gavin Stewart
Director of Postgraduate Research
School of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 83593
Email: afrd-pg@ncl.ac.uk

Student profile

The staff have always been very supportive, not just in terms of my academic studies but also for finding additional work experience and general morale boosting

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As well as providing excellent education in the form of lectures and workshops, the University also has an award winning library, many computer clusters and a fantastic Careers Service.

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Craig T
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It’s my time, and my research, so I have to learn by myself. My supervisor gives me orientation and help, but it is really all you at PhD level.

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Ivone
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When looking at the University to continue my PhD studies the available facilities were incredible.

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