We have a broad range of civil engineering water resource research. Our expertise ranges from climate modelling to developing practical responses to global change challenges. Our research has global consequences and our academics are leaders in their field.
Our School of Engineering has a successful research group that focuses on water resources. Our mission is to foster, promote and conduct research of international quality. This means that we attract high quality graduates and researchers and train them to international standards.
Our research themes include:
- catchment hydrology and sustainable management
- flood risk and coastal management
- climate change impacts and adaptation
We supervise MPhil and PhD students in the following areas:
- flow and transport processes in surface and subsurface systems. This includes river mechanics and contaminant and sediment transport
- planning and control of hydraulic networks
- sustainable management of the water environment, including urban, rural agricultural and forestry environments
- climate change impact assessment, including flood risk
- environmental hazard assessment and mitigation, including landslide hazard
- integrated surface and groundwater pollution controls
- integrated assessment of coupled natural, technological and human systems
Our research has access to facilities and centres within the Newcastle Institute for Sustainability:
- Water Resource Systems Research Laboratory
- Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research (CESER)
- Centre for Land Use and Water Resources Research (CLUWRR)
We offer the MPhil and PhD on a full time and part time basis. You will have formal training in research skills and methods. Discipline-specific training is available if you need it. You may be able to undertake paid laboratory demonstrating to gain teaching experience.
You will study with eminent academics who are experts in their field, such as:
- Dr James Bathurst - erosion and sediment transport, catchment modelling and impact assessment
- Professor Chris Kilsby - hydrology and climate change
- Professor Enda O’Connell - water resources engineering
- Dr Geoff Parkin - water resource engineering, groundwater studies and catchment modelling
- Dr Paul Quinn - water resources engineering and rural land management
- Dr Richard Dawson - coastal engineering and flood risk analysis
View our Civil Engineering research, Water pages.
We have extensive UK and international contacts so that research can be carried out in collaboration with industry and government agencies. Research projects are supervised by staff with a wide range of industrial and academic experience.
The School of Engineering has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects. Find out about our:
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Training & Skills
As a research student you receive a tailored package of academic and support elements. Your personalised programme will ensure you maximise your research and future career. The programme profile details academic subject information. Support is available through our:
- Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme
- Doctoral training centres
- Research Student Support Team
Researcher Development Programme
Our Researcher Development Programme is for science, agriculture and engineering postgraduate students. The programme will support and develop your skills to meet UK Research Council expectations.
Our programme will help you to:
- complete a training needs analysis
- 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
The Research Student Support team will provide information, support and advice throughout your research. The team can help on a range of issues from registering to producing transcripts.
IAPETUS Natural Environment Research Council Doctoral Training
IAPETUS is a partnership that joins the following leading research universities and centres:
- St Andrews
- British Geological Survey
- Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
The partnership has a united approach to doctoral research. It aims to train the next generation of leaders in natural environment science.
IAPETUS is a multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). It is funded and accredited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). This world-class partnership offers:
- 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
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,800 - £12,400
Part time: £2,400 - £6,200
Full time: £4,800 - £12,400
Part time: £2,400 - £6,200
Full time: £21,600 - £28,600
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
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.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject, such as:
We will also consider applicants with lower or non-standard qualifications if you have appropriate work experience.
Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.
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English Language Requirements
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
Before you apply you should find and contact a research supervisor from the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School. Getting the right supervision is critical for your research.
If you are based in the UK we will most likely invite you to interview.
There are three possible start dates, although in some circumstances we can sort out an alternative date:
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.
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.