Postgraduate

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 specific research topics supported by research active academic staff. Our broad range of research areas relate to food security, farming and rural development.

Agricultural research areas include:

Ecological agriculture

  • genes and physiological traits, eg resistance to crop pests and diseases
  • molecular-assisted selection and breeding methods
  • functional biodiversity for control of pest, disease and weed pressure

Food and human nutrition

Research on food quality including:

  • sensory evaluation
  • effects of agronomic and production environment on nutrient and phytochemical composition
  • consumer acceptability
  • physiological responses to diet

Integrated animal science

An internationally recognised centre of excellence in integrative animal science, drawing on fundamental research and applying it to areas of societal, industrial and policy importance. Our research primarily involves:

  • farm livestock, domesticated animal and wildlife applied research
  • integrated livestock system development and evaluation
  • animal behaviour, health and welfare
  • survival, health and efficiency of nutrient utilisation

Soils, plants and environment

  • soil ecology and the contribution of soil biodiversity to soil quality
  • interpretation of soil and landscape processes to improve understanding of recent and historical environmental change
  • land degradation processes and their control
  • water management in irrigated and dryland farming systems
  • plant environment interactions and their relationships to stress biology
  • physiological basis of crop yield and quality

Rural development in advanced economies

  • impact and implications of ‘local-global’ processes and relationships for rural areas
  • characteristics and performance of rural businesses and households
  • rural governance
  • demographic ageing and social change
  • living with environmental change

Food systems, consumption and marketing

  • consumer studies in food
  • risk and health
  • food supply chains and territorial development
  • international political economy of food and agriculture

Science and technology studies in food and environment

  • controversies in food and environment
  • politics of biosecurity

Research themes

All of these research areas are covered by a number of research themes in the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. Through the themes you can read about research projects, academic staff profiles and publications:

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.

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.

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

IAPETUS doctoral research projects available to study at Newcastle.

Fees & Funding

2016-2017 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

MPhil, PhD

UK/EU

Full time: £4,495 - £9,955
Part time: £2,250 - £4,980

International

Full time: £16,100 - £21,560

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: Mathematical modelling in Animal/Veterinary Science: Macro mineral digestion and metabolism in livestock

1

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus £16,557 (with Industrial Enhancement)

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

Tuition fee scholarships of typically £7,500 - £11,500 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) - Understanding the dynamics of metaldhyde in agricultural catchments

1

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £14,296.  Non-EU nationals can apply but will need to fund the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) - Stakeholder involvement in agri-food and environmental policy evaluation

1

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £14,296.  Non-EU nationals can apply but will need to fund the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

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
PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials - Developing Ionic Electrolytes for Electrochemical Energy Storage Application

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,296.  Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteriaa full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships

Up to 35 scholarships

£2,000 tuition fee discount

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

PhD Studentship in Marine Science & technology - Modelling and Simulation for Sustainable Marine Engineering Systems

1

Home Tuition Fees will be covered plus you will receive an annual stipend of £14,057 for 3.5 years.

Professional and Career Development Loans

Varies

PhD in Civil Engineering and Geosciences - iBUILD: Innovative business models from smart infrastructure systems

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid.  £13,863 living expenses per year.

PhD in Civil Engineering and Geosciences - Understanding the relationship between value, business model and the engineering of infrastructure projects

1

You may be entitled to a full or partial award.  A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £13,863. A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD in Civil Engineering and Geosciences - iBUILD: Valuing Infrastructure Resilience

1

Candidates need to meet EPSRC eligibility criteria for EPSRC DTA awards.  A full award includes an annual stipend of £13,863 (2015-16).

PhD in School of Chemistry - Imaging and electrochemical investigation of biomolecules using scanning probe microscopy

1

100% tuition fees plus a £14,057 p.a. stipend (RCUK stipend level).

PhD in School of Chemistry - Advanced Materials for Redox Flow Batteries

1

100% tuition fees plus a £14,057 p.a. stipend (based on RCUK stipend levels).

PhD studentship: Mathematical modelling in Animal/Veterinary Science: Macro mineral digestion and metabolism in livestock

1

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus £16,557 (with Industrial Enhancement)

NERC DREAM (Data, Risk and Environmental Analytical Methods) PhD CDT Studentship

2

100% tuition fees (UK/EU rate), plus an annual tax-free maintenance grant at UK Research Councils’ national minimum rate, which in 2015/16 is £14,057.

EPSRC PhD Studentships – Electrical and Electronic Engineering

UK students – 4 studentships
Non-UK EU students – 1 studentship

100% of UK/EU tuition fees.
UK students – annual tax-free stipend (living allowances) of £20,000.
Non-UK/EU students - annual tax-free stipend (living allowances) of £15,000.

PhD Studentship in Civil Engineering and Geosciences - New drilling methods for ground source heat pumps

1

An annual stipend is approximately £14,496 per year (depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria).  Funding is available for UK and EU citizens. 

The Clyde Higgs Postgraduate Scholarship 2016/17

5

An award of £5,000 is available for home students.

Hodcroft Larsen Postgraduate Bursary for Female Engineers - 2016 Entry

Up to 2.

£3,000

PhD in Civil Engineering and Geosciences – Monitoring and Assessment of Masonry Arch Bridges

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,057 (full award).

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

1

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

The Iland Postgraduate Research Scholarship (for research relating to European Culture or Global Challenges)

1

£10,000 per year.  The scholarship is payable towards the UK/EU rate of tuition fee, with the remainder awarded as living expenses.

Konishi Foundation Scholarship in East Asian Studies

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £14,296

PhD studentship in Neuroscience - Exploring Chloride Regulation and its Consequences in Neuronal Networks using Novel Optogenetic Strategies

1

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

PhD Studentship: Regulation of Vascular Permeability by Sphingosine 1 - Phosphate (NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Organ Donation and Transplantation)

1

100% of tuition fees paid at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £14,296.

PhD Studentship: Modification of Leucocyte-Endothelial Interactions in Perfused Donor Organs (NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Organ Donation and Transplanation)

1

100% of tuition fees covered at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £14,296.

PhD Studentship in Primary Care

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expense of £16,000 

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.

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). 

Fees Scholarships - Masters in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security (MRes) - School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

2

£5,000 is being offered towards tuition fees for the above Masters programme within the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.  Additional funding up to £1,000 for expenses associated with the research will also be provided.

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

Joint Newcastle University UKEAS Taiwan Postgraduate Scholarship

1

The scholarship will have a value of £2,000, payable towards tuition fees.

Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (NUORS)

Tuition fee scholarships of typically £7,500 - £11,500 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.

International Masters' Excellence Scholarships (Medical Sciences)

£1,500

All students Number of awards Value of awards
MRC and EPSRC-funded Newcastle Molecular Pathology Node Bursaries

10

Tuition fee bursaries of £2,390 

PhD Studentship in Controlled Metal-ion Assembly Using Modified Nucleic Acids: Towards Designer Materials

1

100% tuition fees paid at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at Research Council UK 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.

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 of Electrical and Electronic Engineering - MSc Scholarships

Not specified

UK/EU students - £500 scholarship; non-EU international students - £1,500 scholarship 

School and Research Institute Studentships, Bursaries and Scholarships

Varies

Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £2,000 - £5,000.

MBA Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £6,000 - £10,0000.

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

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

1

£2500

Postgraduate Masters Scholarships in Geography, Sociology and Politics

up to 12

Full and partial tuition fee scholarships at the UK/EU rate.

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.

PhD School of Chemistry – Broadband Rotational Spectroscopy

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at RCUK rate (£14,057 2015/16).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

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 (£14,057 2015/16).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Dyson PhD Studentship in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Newcastle University

2

100% tuition fees plus £19,500 per year tax-free stipend.

Charles Letts Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship 2016/17 entry

5

Up to £1,500

Sport Scholarships

Varies

£500 - £10,000

PhD Studentship in Electrical Power: Electrical Machine Topologies in Integrated Drives for Electric Vehicles

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of up to £19,000 depending on experience (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Electrical Power: Integrated Drives for Electric Vehicles with Wide Bandgap Semiconductors

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of up to £19,000 depending on experience (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Urban Studies

1

£15,000 per year for 3 years. The scholarship is payable towards 100% of tuition fees, with the remainder awarded as living expenses. 

Santander Mobility Awards for 2016/17

10 minimum

Maximum value of £1,400

PhD Studentship in Chemistry - Developing Advanced Computational Tools for Ultrafast X-ray Scattering

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296 (full award).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship - Prediction in brain-body interaction as a basis for emotions (and feelings)

1

The studentship carries an award of £14,296 per annum plus 100% of UK/EU tuition fees.

PhD Studentship in Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) - Understanding the dynamics of metaldhyde in agricultural catchments

1

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £14,296.  Non-EU nationals can apply but will need to fund the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) - Stakeholder involvement in agri-food and environmental policy evaluation

1

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £14,296.  Non-EU nationals can apply but will need to fund the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD School of Mathematics and Statistics – Single-electron sources and quantum electronics

1

The studentship includes tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of (up to) £14,057 per annum (2015/16 level), a desktop computer and £1,500 travel allowance.

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.

PhD Studentship in Computing Science - Personalized Hierarchical Visualization for Enhanced Decision Support using Big Data

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual living expenses in excess of £14,057 (full award) 

Activia Training UK Scholarship Award

2

£500 for college and university students in the UK.

PhD Studentship in Marine Transport – The economics of the ship repair market: cyclical effects and economic waves

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 also be available for research and fieldwork costs.

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).

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 School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering – Super-miniature engineering using MEMS technologies: next generation sensors for turbulence measurements

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296 (full award).  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

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).

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

If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

You must also read our English language requirements, including:

  • all minimum sub scores you must have
  • other English language tests we accept
  • extra English language support

Academic qualifications that we accept from your country to meet our entry requirements are listed on your country page.

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

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

You should get in touch about our research degrees before you apply. You can find a research supervisor from the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School.

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

John Gowing
Director of Postgraduate Research
School of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8488
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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Student profile

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
Student profile

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
Student profile

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

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