The range of research topics for our Ageing MPhil, PhD and MD programmes is diverse. They include: biology of ageing; age-related diseases; ageing health and society; technology; nutrition and oral health; and ethics.
Increased life expectancy is one of the most notable human achievements of the last century. We are living longer, and our quality of life depends on healthy ageing. Older people are at increased risk of disease and disability. This can seriously affect their quality of life and impact on their families. This is why Newcastle's research and treatment of our ageing population is important for us all.
MPhil, PhD and MD supervision is normally available in the following areas:
Biological mechanisms of ageing
Intrinsic cellular and molecular mechanisms and biomarkers of the ageing process.
Clinical studies of age-related diseases
Experimental medicine and translation of basic science for patient benefits.
Ageing health and society
The social dimensions of population ageing, and health care policy and provision.
Technology for an ageing population
Research and development of innovative assistive technologies to support independence and quality of life.
Nutrition and oral health
The role of nutritional factors in healthy ageing and the impacts of oral health.
Ethics, philosophy and engagement
Ethics and principles underlying attempts to improve the quality of later life. This includes working with older people and their representative organisations.
For more information about staff specialisms please read about our ageing research.
Our new School of Pharmacy has scientists and clinicians working together on all aspects of pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy.
We will be offering the following PhD projects:
- Targeting Biosynthetic and Regulatory Pathways of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis as Novel Drug Targets
- Design, Synthesis and Target Identification of Novel Anti-Tubercular Agents
- Activity-Based Chemical Probes for the Profiling of Cytochrome P450s
- Development of Novel Silanediol HDAC Inhibitors for the Treatment of Cancer
Postgraduate research involves two supervisors providing a breadth of expertise in your subject area. As part of the Institute for Ageing, you can attend:
- journal clubs
- research group discussions
Our Medical Sciences Graduate School has a thriving postgraduate research culture. It also offers support for international students. We have an excellent record for:
- timely PhD submissions
- providing training in professional skills and research techniques
- supporting personal development
2014 UK 3MT People's Choice
2014 UK 3MT People's Choice
Rhys Anderson, one of our PhD students, won the UK 3MT People's Choice prize in 2014. For the competition doctoral students gave three minute presentations about their research. A significant challenge given that they only had one slide and no props.
Rhys presented 'The Role of DNA Damage in Ageing' and won the People's Choice prize. Since winning, Rhys has worked with 99 scholars to put his presentation into an animation.
You have access to a wide range of facilities dedicated to ageing research. The majority of these are based at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality.
They include laboratories and equipment such as:
- Ageing Research Laboratories
- Newcastle Biomedical Research Building
- Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre
- Clinical Ageing Research Unit
- Wolfson Research Centre
Find out our more about our ageing research facilities.
The Faculty of Medical Sciences also brings together ageing research from across the University.
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Training & Skills
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School.
Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School
Our Medical Sciences Graduate School is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. We can help and advise you on a variety of queries relating to your studies, funding or welfare.
Our Research Student Development Programme supports and complements your research whilst developing your professional skills and confidence.
You will make an on-going assessment of your own development and training needs through personal development planning (PDP) in the ePortfolio system. Our organised external events and development programme have been mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to help you identify how best to meet your training and development needs.
Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham Doctoral Training Partnership
The Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and offers:
• Researchers the opportunity to address scientific biosciences questions
• An exceptional programme of research training, emphasising the interdisciplinary nature of modern biology
• The latest technologies and facilities to deliver world-class results
Each year we award around 22 fully-funded studentships across the partnership on the following research themes:
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
- Bioscience for Health
- World Class Underpinning Bioscience
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
MPhil, PhD, MD
Full time: £4,800 - £15,300
Part time: £2,400 - £7,650
Full time: £4,800 - £15,300
Part time: £2,400 - £7,650
Full time: £21,000 - £31,500
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
Our fee range takes into account your research topic and resource requirements.
Your research topic is unique and as such will have unique resource requirements. Resources could include specialist equipment, such as laboratory/workshop access, or technical staff.
If your research involves accessing specialist resources then you're likely to pay a higher fee. You'll discuss the exact nature of your research project with your supervisor(s). You'll find out the fee in your offer letter.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science or medicine related subject.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent. Further research experience or a master’s degree would be advantageous.
A MBBS, or an equivalent medical degree.
Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.
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English Language Requirements
To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills).
Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.
You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.
We invite applications throughout the year, although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Getting the right supervision is critical for your research. We recommended that you discuss your project with a member of staff before applying.
There are usually three possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7002