School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences




Our experienced international team help provide a fantastic learning environment for students.

Our taught and research degrees are relevant to modern society.

Our partners

We have close working relationships with local and national education and employment agencies.

The School also has excellent regional, national and international links.

Teaching expertise

Our expert teaching, research and support staff are on hand to help you get the best results.


As a student here, you'll have access to a range of facilities. We also have dedicated postgraduate offices.

Integrated PhDs

We have the largest single-subject group of New Route Integrated PhD students in the country.

We had the first New Route (Integrated) PhD graduate in the country.

We have a range of postgraduate degrees and teacher training qualifications on offer. Photo by Jim McAdam
We have a range of postgraduate degrees and teacher training qualifications on offer.


We offer high quality, innovative taught postgraduate programmes. They attract a large number of students from the UK, European Union and further afield.

Teacher training

We offer initial teacher training through either Primary or Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes.

These programmes provide Qualified Teacher Status and allow our students to progress on to our Practitioner Enquiry MEd programmes.

Master's degrees

We offer Master's programmes in:

Please note some programmes are suspended for 2020/21 as part of our response to Covid-19

An introduction to our Applied Linguistics MA.


There are a variety of excellent research programmes for our postgraduate students.

Postgraduate research programmes

We have a large and diverse group of about 200 research students. We welcome students interested in learning more about our fields of study. Many of our current crop come from professional backgrounds in:

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

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, the PhD Applied LinguisticsPhD Speech & Language Sciences and the Phd Education.

Please note some programmes are suspended for 2020/21 as part of our response to Covid-19

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.

We have Integrated PhD (IPhD) programmes and the Doctorate in Education (EdD):

There is also the Applied Educational Psychology Doctor of (DAppEdPsy). This research degree involves professional training in educational psychology and involves a taught component and professional practice placement.

Virtual Open Day: Doctorate of Applied Educational Psychology 24th October 2020

  • An opportunity to find out more information about becoming a Trainee Educational Psychologist and to meet the Programme Team and Trainee Educational Psychologists.
  • To book a place and receive a link to the event, please contact:
  • 24th October: 11am-1.30pm with presentations at 11am and 12.15pm and an opportunity to talk to staff and trainees during the event.

Please note some programmes are suspended for 2020/21 as part of our response to Covid-19

Before submitting a formal application, it is important you send us a brief proposal.

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


For internal funding possibilities, please look at the Newcastle University postgraduate funding database.

Training and support

For all our doctoral programmes, training is provided both by the HaSS Research Training Programme and the School.

You will 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
NE1 7RU 

Tel: +44 (0) 191 208 6569


Many of our postgraduates are from overseas. The University has thousands of students from more than 100 countries outside the UK.

We welcome international students to the School. We have a range of information designed to help you:

English language requirements

You will need to provide evidence of English language ability before beginning your programme.

The University can offer language training (there's a fee for pre-sessional courses). We support you during your study in specific areas such as dissertation/thesis writing.

There is general information on language requirements and support from the Language Centre.

We recognise the difficulties international students face working in, most cases, a foreign language. We try to give as much help as possible.

We offer up to 10 hours individual supervision, by native-speaking English research students. They act as added support for dissertation supervision.

This complements the Language Centre's regular intensive dissertation writing courses. These are free of charge and staged several times throughout the academic year.

We urge all international students studying with us to attend. The sessions are on top of a programme of in-sessional courses in the Language Centre.

This aims to help international students develop English language skills throughout the year. All these courses are free to registered international students.

Further information

You can contact our International Office for more advice about studying at Newcastle.

We welcome international students keen to enrol on the School's courses. Photo by Simon Veit-Wilson
We welcome international students keen to enrol on the School's courses.

Student Profiles

Find out more about some of the postgraduates we've welcomed in the the School.