Scientists and postgraduate students at Newcastle are engaged in projects with government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), research institutes and industry to monitor, assess and devise policies and solutions to some of the key issues affecting the marine environment.
A short sample of some of the organisations we work with on a regular basis includes: the Environment Agency; Natural England; Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority; University of the West Indies, Barbados; National Oceanographic Centre Southampton (NOCS); the Wildlife Conservation Society, Kenya; University of Costa Rica; North Sea Regional Advisory Council; Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines and the Buccoo Reef Trust, Tobago.
Our research expertise covers two main areas: marine organisms and ecosystem research; and coastal processes and management. We have an international reputation for our work in coastal management and many of the instruments used internationally in this field have been tested in tropical countries by us and are now being used in the UK. Our work in this area also underpins the MSc in Tropical Coastal Management and the MSc in International Marine Environmental Consultancy, which focuses on the cooler waters of Europe arid the UK.
The taught programmes and research degrees we offer are designed to enable you to become a professional who can make a real difference to the marine sector. This is why we provide a comprehensive research training and professional development programme for MPhil and PhD students and encourage them to do field-based research projects. For our MSc students we set up internships and business-led projects with regional agencies, companies and consultancy firms and arrange guest lectures from industry professionals.
The effectiveness of our approach is borne out by the fact that we have many successful graduates who now work in senior positions all over the world for government and international agencies, consultancies, NGOs, research and training institutes and universities.
You will be based in the School of Marine Science and Technology, which is one of the largest marine schools in Europe. Our excellent facilities include the Dove Marine Laboratory, which is 20 minutes away from the main campus on the North Sea coast. It offers immediate access to typical fauna and flora and samples of most types of temperate marine habitats (rocky, sandy and muddy shores, major estuaries and the North Sea). Its setting also enables you to see the day-to-day environmental and human factors that impact on coastal management. Our new, twin-hulled research vessel ‘The Princess Royal’ is equipped with specialist laboratory facilities and equipment for marine sampling, measurement and monitoring.