We have expert supervision available in a wide variety of education subjects. Our research areas range from early year's policy through to internationalisation in higher education.
We offer expert supervision in the following research areas:
- early year's policy with a focus on language and communication
- social justice in education
- gifted and talented children in Africa, India and the UK
- education in popular culture
- early literacy
- technology enhanced learning, including language learning
- learning to teach languages
- counselling and wellbeing in children and adults
- the physical leaning environment
- teaching and learning in Higher Education
- internationalisation in Higher Education
Our supervisors' current research interests, projects and publications are available from our staff profiles. Most of our staff have professional experience in teaching, speech and language therapy or English language teaching before entering academia. You should contact Carolyn Letts, Director of Postgraduate Research, or a member of our staff as a potential supervisor before applying. You will need to submit a short research proposal (1000 words max).
You will study in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. This is a diverse School with a high number of international students.
During your studies you will have regular meetings with your supervisory team. This is supported by email and Skype.
Your attendance on campus is flexible to accommodate your field work or data collection.
Many of our students already have well-developed professional careers. They use their professional experience to frame their research questions, connecting theory and practice. Part time study is available for those who want to study whilst working in the UK.
Our cross-disciplinary seminars include education, speech and language sciences and applied linguistics. In attending seminars you will engage with staff and students from around the world.
There is an annual competition for funded studentships through the ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership. You should contact us to discuss supervision opportunities before applying for a studentship.
Our links with research centres and institutes provide opportunities for collaboration and cross-disciplinary seminars and interest groups. Our most important connections are with:
You will have access to two postgraduate research student study rooms, the largest of which has recently been upgraded with additional workstations and soft seating area, and our Resource Centre.
We have two on-site clinics:
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Training & Skills
As a research student you receive a tailored package of academic and support elements. Your personalised programme will ensure you maximise your research and future career. The programme profile details academic subject information. Support is available through our:
- doctoral training centres
- Faculty Training Programme
- Research Student Support Team
Our Faculty Training Programme has developed a postgraduate social sciences and humanities community. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training. Our programme is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.
Our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills to support your future career. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment. Staff and students from across the world come together and share their research experiences.
You can choose to study our Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training. This course accredits the core foundation modules on the training programme.
You will study in our purpose-built Doctoral Training Suite. Our facilities support everything needed for doctoral research in the social sciences and humanities:
- computer access to specialist software
Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences. We celebrate the successes of our students through a variety of prizes and awards.
ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership
The ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership is a joint venture between Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Sunderland, Teesside University and Ulster University . We are a centre of excellence for postgraduate social sciences. We offer a world-class, interdisciplinary environment for doctoral training and research.
Funded and accredited by the ESRC, we are one of the most innovative of the national network of doctoral training centres. We have a strong track record of partnership working with public, private and community organisations.
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Postgraduate Research Student Support
The Research Student Support Team will provide information, support and advice throughout your research. The team can help on a range of issues from registering to producing transcripts.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £15,600
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree and a master's degree, or international equivalents, in a relevant subject.
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English Language Requirements
Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry:Not accepted
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
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.
You need to submit a research proposal with your application. Your proposal must link to the work of a supervisor or research group in the School. The Graduate School has guidelines on how to produce a research proposal (PDF: 41.5KB).
There are two possible start dates, although in some circumstances we can sort out an alternative date:
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.
Director of Postgraduate Research
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7390