Find out how to apply for any of our postgraduate programmes.
Apply for postgraduate degree through the University's online application system.
This allows you to fill in your details on-line and to track the progress of your application.
There are specific criteria for postgraduate research applications.
Recognition of prior learning
We also accept applications on the basis of credit transfer and prior learning.
For more information, download our Prior Learning Statement (PDF: 293KB).
To apply, you have to complete the Prior Learning Application Form (Word: 41KB).
Postgraduate Research Applications
There are specific criteria for our MPhil and PhD programmes. You need certain entry requirements, and you need to submit a research proposal.
Applications for MPhil and PhD can be made at any time throughout the year.
Applications for scholarships for these degrees may have specific deadlines.
International applicants are encouraged to read the information provided by Newcastle University’s International Office.
The final decision about your application is based on:
- the review of your research proposal
- your previous academic record
- personal statement
- academic references
- language proficiency
Entry requirementsEntry requirements
We accept a minimum of upper-second-class undergraduate degree and upper merit or distinction postgraduate degree.
We also accept international equivalents.
Your undergraduate and masters' degrees must be in a subject relevant to your research proposal.
Research proposalResearch proposal
You have to submit a research proposal with all PhD and MPhil applications.
The research proposal should be up to 2,000 words.
Where possible, indicate the potential supervisor you would like to work with. Explain how their research fits with the research you want to do.
We don't review research proposals that are submitted informally outside the university’s application system.
English language requirementsEnglish language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you need either:
- IELTS 6.5
- TOEFL 90 (internet-based)
- TOEFL 577 (paper-based)
- an equivalent
Some PhD programmes have specific language criteria. Look at the programme descriptions for more details.
The British Council organises regular language tests in most countries.
Newcastle University's INTO Centre offers courses to help you improve your English skills.
After you applyAfter you apply
Apply using the University’s online application system. After this, your application and your research proposal will be reviewed by two academics within Media, Culture, Heritage with expertise in your area.
They will provide a short commentary on your proposal. The Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor will contact you with advice on how to improve your proposal if appropriate.
We do not normally ask you to attend a formal interview as part of the application process.
We aim to give you feedback on your application within six weeks.