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Postgraduate Research in the Faculty

Learn more about your postgraduate research career with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

A diverse community of postgraduate researchers

In the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, postgraduate researchers work across 35 disciplines and represent over 70 countries. Each person brings their own unique mix of knowledge and experience. Together, we form an intellectually rich and diverse community.  

The research culture at Newcastle University is well placed to tackle some of the most significant challenges faced by society. However, we also strive to provide an environment in which we can encourage our trainee researchers to push boundaries. We want you to feel confident in asking some of the most difficult questions about our world. 

Joining our postgraduate research community

Postgraduate research students within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences provide a critical role in sustaining and enhancing our thriving research environment.

You will join an exciting cohort of interdisciplinary thinkers. We'll provide you with support and training to ensure you reach your full potential. You will have a dedicated postgraduate supervisor. You will also be supported by an independent Dean of Postgraduate Studies.

Contact Dr Ian Biddle, Dean of Postgraduate Studies, with any questions you have about postgraduate research in the Faculty.


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PhD support from Newcastle University Doctoral College

Do you wish to pursue a PhD (or MPhil) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences? Our Doctoral College can support you in every aspect of your academic, personal, and professional growth.  

The College also offers a range of additional grants to support your research work. For information on the grants we offer to support your research, see the College’s funding page.

Supporting the research leaders of the future

The Newcastle University Academic Track (NUAcT) Fellowship scheme aims to find and develop our research leaders of the future. Schools across the University have appointed more than 15 Fellows per year to the scheme, since it was launched in 2019. These colleagues are often pursuing interdisciplinary projects that span different academic areas.

We are investing £30m over five years to build and support this scheme. 

Graduate School

When you join us as a postgraduate research colleague, you become a member of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School. This is a diverse and globally inclusive community of students and staff engaged in postgraduate activity across our academic schools. 

Through the Graduate School, we provide guidance and support from application to graduation.  

Visit the Graduate School or email the team directly:

HaSS and SAgE Graduate School
Level 6, Sir Henry Daysh Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Doctoral training

We are part of two large Doctoral Training partnerships. They offer funding opportunities to a small number of candidates each year. Below is an outline of these programmes and links to find out how to apply.