Sustainability

At Newcastle, we have a range of scientists, engineers, medical scientists and social scientists who are at the forefront of research that addresses some of the key sustainability issues facing the world today. Led by the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS) under the banner ‘enough, for all, forever’, the role of the Institute is to bring together leading experts to deliver practical solutions to global problems such as future energy needs, water management, food security and protection for the environment.

The Institute is committed to promoting and supporting collaborative research and works directly with a diverse range of partners including global organisations and businesses, national and local government, research-based companies and non-governmental organisations.

Returning society to within sustainable limits will require a collective global effort. However, given the complexity of technology, the intricacies of modern society and the reality of human nature, the task is undeniably a challenging one. Our role as a University, as a leader of creative thinking and technology, is to grasp this challenge and endeavour to find solutions and actions with profound and lasting impacts.

Facilities

Based in academic units across campus, this work focuses on finding and delivering real-world, achievable solutions to some of the most significant challenges facing mankind.

Already recognised as a major centre for research into sustainable science and technology, with projects such as:

• A deep geothermal borehole in the heart of Newcastle’s City Centre
• the launch of a full-scale anaerobic digester at the University’s Cockle Park Farm

Your study Experience

As a postgraduate student at Newcastle studying in a sustainability-related subject, you have an exciting opportunity to be part of this transformation and for your studies to benefit from the international scientific and technological advances being made both within the region and across the global sustainability spectrum.

MA & MSc Programmes

A number of our Masters’ programmes cover a range of sustainability-related subjects and are taught in collaboration with academic units across campus.

Many of our courses can either be taken full time in one year, or as a range of flexible part-time modules that can fit around the schedules of professionals who are already working in industry.

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.

MPhil/PhD Study

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.
We can supervise MPhil and PhD projects  across the University in topics from our main areas of research, which include:

• marine, terrestrial, water, energy, transport, food, products and processes
• health and environment,
• justice and governance
• urban and rural economy

As a research student you will have a dedicated supervisory team who will provide advice and guidance throughout your studies.

 Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

We receive funding for a limited number of PhD studentships and these are advertised online when they become available.

Postgraduate degrees in this subject area: