Faculty of Medical Sciences

Research Programmes


We offer a wide range of research opportunities including PhD, MD, MPhil and MRes programmes.

Take a look at our information on finding a supervisor and our research groups or institutes to locate suitable contacts.

The Graduate School has PhD studentships available. Interested applicants should have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class honours degree and be eligible for Home/EU fees.

Finding a Research Area

If you have the required academic qualifications and can meet the required standards in English language, the next challenge is to find a suitable supervisor for your research project.

A number of postgraduate degrees in the Faculty consist principally of a single research project. These degrees are the PhD, the MD (for medically-qualified candidates only) and the MPhil. Assuming that you have the required academic qualifications and that you can meet the required standards in English language: the next challenge is to find a suitable research area.

Identify a topic and/or supervisor before you apply

If you've identified a research supervisor whose interests cover the topic you wish to study, before applying you should either contact them by email and/or indicate this on your application form. When your application is received in the Graduate School it will then be directed to that supervisor for consideration.

To find research areas and identify contacts check our research groups or institutes

Identify a research area

If you know the area of science that interests you, but you have not identified a project or supervisor, you should briefly describe your research interests in your application.

For example, you might indicate that you are interested in cancer research but you'll also need to think about whether you:

  • want to work on a specific cancer
  • want to do molecular studies or epidemiology
  • want to work on clinical samples or on cells in culture

The more information you give the easier it will be to find a possible supervisor and project.

However, at this stage it's not necessary to give full details of a project - this might be unhelpful as there may not be a supervisor who can supervise the specific project you outline. The more flexible you are in the topic you wish to study, the more likely it is that we can offer you a place.

Based on the information you provide, the Graduate School will attempt to find an appropriate supervisor for your studies. A potential supervisor may email you to clarify your interests and discuss possible projects, but the exact details of the project may not be finalised until you have arrived in Newcastle and discussed the project with your supervisor.

Joint Doctoral PhD

Newcastle University offers an innovative Joint Doctoral PhD degree programme in biomedical sciences with the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia (FKUI).

Students spend at least one year of their studies in each university and are jointly supervised by staff from Newcastle University and Universitas Indonesia. The doctoral programme leads to a single award from both institutions. The development of the Joint Doctoral PhD Programme has been generously supported under the Prime Minister Initiative 2 Programme and the British Council Indonesia.

Further information

For further information about this joint doctoral research programme please contact:

Professor Steve Yeaman
Director of International Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Medical Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7433
Email: biomed-international-pg@ncl.ac.uk