At Newcastle you’ll learn from, and work alongside, world leading academics, who are at the cutting-edge of their discipline. This means you’ll learn the latest theories and techniques, to help support your intellectual and professional development.
Check out the optional modules available on your chosen degree course as these will often be inspired by the research our academics are undertaking.
In some cases, the research expertise is unique to Newcastle, helping to distinguish our degrees from similar degrees offered by other institutions.
Why research is important to teachingWhy research is important to teaching
Our research-informed teaching offers lots of advantages to our students. You will:
- develop graduate skills such as critical thinking, problem–solving and presentation through your own research project or dissertation
- join an intellectually enquiring community that creates and shares knowledge – it is a stimulating and exciting environment for learning
- benefit from our strong reputation with employers – we conduct research with government, business and charities
Do your own researchDo your own research
We want to inspire and train the next generation of innovators, and aim to challenge and stimulate your intellectual curiosity.
With support from our experienced researchers, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do your own research.
In the process, you’ll develop skills that graduate employers look for, such as research skills, problem-solving and critical thinking.
Dissertations and research projects
Many of our degrees involve a major research project in your final year, such as a dissertation. You select a topic that interests you and have the opportunity to explore it in detail.
Our research scholarship scheme provides funding to help you work alongside our researchers on projects over the summer vacation.
Newcastle is one of the most research-expedition active universities in the UK. You can conduct a research expedition overseas with the support of our expedition committee.
You can also take part in a research study, either as a volunteer or research assistant.
Our research impactOur research impact
As a world-class civic university, our research is sharply focused on addressing the major challenges facing society.
We’re having a global impact on big issues, such as:
- finding a way to reverse Type 2 Diabetes, a disease affecting 300 million people worldwide
- researching renewable energy sources
- safer ways to clean drinking water
- pioneering research into IVF to prevent hereditary diseases
- revolutionising education in developing countries
Our research reputationOur research reputation
Research Excellence Framework
Newcastle University is ranked 16th in the UK for research power in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The vast majority of our research is placed in the top two categories of 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent).
We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to:
- maintaining the very best research
- an outstanding teaching and learning experience
- unrivalled links with business and the public sector
- a commitment to civic responsibility
Through these commitments, Russell Group universities make an enormous impact on the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of the UK.
We have won three Queen's Anniversary Prizes, which honour work of outstanding importance and quality in higher education.
We generate over £100m in annual research income from government, business and charities.
Five star quality
Newcastle has achieved five QS Stars for Research from QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the first international assessment of its kind. Read more about the areas given five QS stars.