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Postgraduate Research

Join our vibrant research community as a postgraduate research student and explore your research interests in depth.

A diverse community

We have a large and diverse group of approximately 150 research students. We welcome students interested in learning more about our fields of study. Many of our current students come from professional backgrounds in:

  • teaching
  • speech and language therapy
  • language teaching
  • educational leadership


Across all of the subject areas in the School, staff and postgraduates participate in interdisciplinary dialogue with scholars from other areas of study.

Research centres and groups within the University and in the region are a key site for these exchanges. They foster a strong sense of intellectual community. They offer postgraduate researchers:

  • a space for engaging in multi-disciplinary conversation
  • a friendly and supportive environment
  • a platform to present research and writing in progress,
  • opportunities to organise their own conferences and symposia

Finding a supervisor

We welcome your interest in postgraduate study with us. Before submitting a formal application, you should find a suitable supervisor for your chosen research area. Please check the research interests and expertise of our staff. Contact them with a CV and a brief proposal in order to gauge their interest and availability to supervise your research.

Our postgraduate research programmes

Traditional doctorate (PhD)

A PhD is for those with a clear idea of a topic and experience of conducting independent research. There are three PhD programmes:

Part taught doctorates

Taught modules and project proposal preparation take up the first year of these qualifications. They are ideal if you want to get up to speed with your subject area and research methods ahead of starting your project.

Professional doctorate


We consider applications throughout the year. If you're applying for external funding, please note that specific deadlines may apply.

Training and support

The HaSS Research Training Programme and the School provide training for all our doctoral programmes.

You'll also have regular meetings with your supervisor. We do not offer distance learning. Part-time study is not available to international students.


Postgraduate Secretary
Ground Floor, King George VI Building
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: +44 (0) 191 208 6569