The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences multidisciplinary community of geoscientists, geochemists and microbiologists apply high-quality scientific research to important societal problems such as: petroleum exploration and production; unconventional geo-energy; carbon and nutrient cycling; and the Earth’s changing climate.


We have excellent facilities for postgraduate study, including:
• postgraduate-only teaching suites
• laboratories equipped for organic and inorganic geochemistry and microbiology
• analytical tools such as GC, GC-MS, GC-IMRS, HPLC, LC-MS, XRD, ICP-AES, PAS, FTIR, UV-Vis, PCR, DGGE, thermal analysis and transmitted and reflected white light and UV-microscopy

MPhil/PhD Study

We welcome enquiries from prospective students who wish to undertake MPhil and PhD study in our areas of expertise, which are:

• applied and fundamental aspects of the geosciences with a particular focus on conventional and alternative energy resources
• environmental sustainability
• climate change
• biosphere and geosphere interactions

Our research-active staff supervise MPhil and PhD students who are additionally supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes. These programmes have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

MSc Programmes

Our taught programmes (see degree list below) are designed to provide biology, geology, chemistry, and Earth and environmental science graduates with the advanced conceptual understanding, detailed factual knowledge, and specialist technical skills appropriate for success in science-based environmental businesses.

We are the only university in the UK offering MSc training in Petroleum Geochemistry.

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

Professional Development

All of our MSc programmes are professionally accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators and the Geological Society.

They are also recognised as training relevant to the achievement of Chartered Engineer status or equivalent. The programmes have part-time study options to enable scientists and engineers to study with us as part of their continuing professional development.

We have extensive research links with the petroleum, waste management, wastewater and biotechnology industries. This enables PhD students to undertake sponsored projects and to spend time in industrial laboratories. It also ensures that the modules on our MSc programmes cover the latest developments and equip you with the skills and knowledge needed within these sectors.


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