We are developing internationally competitive research in advanced computational solid and applied analytical structural mechanics, so by pursuing structural civil engineering research with us you will work with academics who are leaders in their fields.
By pursuing research in the School of Engineering you will join an extremely successful research group focussing on structural civil engineering. Our mission is to foster, promote and conduct research of international quality. This means that we attract high quality graduates and researchers and train them to international standards.
Within the School of Engineering we have a research group focussed on geotechnics and structures, which deals with the fundamental concepts of material behaviour, construction and design technology. Our research has a central theme of Earth systems science engineering and management, focussing on the concepts of:
- sustainability in construction
- climate change and the effects on civil engineering
You should have an enthusiasm for research in the field of structures, civil engineering. Our current research includes:
- non-linear structural optimisation
- non-linear analysis of conventional and non-conventional structures and materials
- structural integrity assessment
- seismic design and analysis
- resilience of complex infrastructure networks
Examples of MPhil and PhD supervision in our research areas include:
- analysis of concrete at elevated temperatures
- structural optimisation and reliability
- structural textiles and polymeric composites
- seismic engineering and extreme loadings
- the effects of transient loads on structures
- numerical methods
- computational mechanics
- analysis of lightweight fabric and pneumatic structures
- resilience of complex infrastructure networks
Quality and Ranking
We rank in the top 150 for Civil and Structural Engineering - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
Off-campus study may be available in some circumstances, particularly if you have industrial sponsorship. Our programme includes intensive subject-specific supervision and training in research methodologies and core skills. You will also have an opportunity to undertake paid laboratory demonstrations and tutoring to gain teaching experience.
You will be taught by eminent academics who are experts in the field, such as:
- Professor Peter Gosling, Professor of Computational Structural Mechanics
- Dr Vladimir Vinogradov, Lecturer in Structural Mechanics and Materials
- Dr Sean Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer Civil Engineering and Geosciences
We have extensive UK and international contacts so that research can be carried out in collaboration with industry and government agencies. Research projects are supervised by staff with a wide range of industrial and academic experience.
The School of Engineering has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects.
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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 Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, doctoral training centres and Research Student Support Team.
Researcher Development Programme
Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme aims to help you develop the skills and experience that the UK Research Councils expect you to have, or to develop, during your research degree.
Our programme will help you to:
- complete a training needs analysis, so that you know what your current skills are and where you need help and development
- use your training needs analysis to create your personal development plan
- identify appropriate workshops or other events that will help you most and best address your development needs
- gain the personal and professional key skills development for the successful completion of your research degree
Postgraduate Research Student Support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
IAPETUS Natural Environment Research Council Doctoral Training
IAPETUS is a partnership that joins the leading research universities of Newcastle, Durham, Glasgow, St Andrews and Stirling together with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, in a united approach to doctoral research and training the next generation of leaders in the science of the natural environment.
IAPETUS is a multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), funded and accredited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), offering PhD students a world-class environment in which to study. This includes:
- fully-funded PhD studentships
- supervision and support from academics and researchers who are world-leaders in their field
- tailored training and development programmes
- placements and internship opportunities
- high-quality laboratories, facilities and resources
IAPETUS doctoral research projects available to study at Newcastle.
MPhil, PhDMPhil, PhD
If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
The fees displayed here are per year.
Part time: £2,164 - £6,064
Full time: £4,327 - £12,127
Part time: £2,164 - £6,064
Full time: £22,710 - £30,510
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.
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:
- civil engineering
- mechanical engineering
- applied mathematics
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English Language Requirements
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
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.
Before you apply you should find and contact a research supervisor from the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School.
If you are based in the UK we are likely to invite you to interview.
There are usually three possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:
There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
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.