Our geochemistry research includes specific areas of expertise: applied and fundamental aspects of geochemistry; environmental sustainability; climate change; and biosphere/geosphere interactions. Through working with academics who are leaders in their field, you will be supported and guided to produce research of an international standard.
The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences enjoys an international reputation for using the latest science to solve problems of global importance. For geochemistry we have MPhil and PhD supervision in the following areas:
Petroleum-related geological research
- reservoir and source-rock geochemistry
- microbial deep biosphere of petroleum reservoirs
- origin, significance and maturation of molecular biomarker compounds in the sedimentary record
- physico-chemical properties and behaviour of mudstone sequences
- shale gas
- geological sequestration of CO2
- palynofacies and organic facies of ancient and modern sediments
Examples of key staff in this area include:
- Dr Geoffrey Abbott, Senior Lecturer in Organic Geochemistry
- Professor Ian Head, Professor of Environmental Microbiology
- Dr Martin Jones, Analytical Facilities Manager
- Professor Thomas Wagner, Professor of Earth System Science
- mineral science
- molecular microbial ecology
- molecular palaeontology
- soil biogeochemistry
- waste management
- bioremediation of polluted soils and waters
- biogeochemical cycling of elements through Earth history
- climate change during past greenhouse conditions
- processes of carbon cycling and export across the land–ocean transition
Examples of key staff in this area include:
- Dr Neil Gray, Reader in Geomicrobiology and RCUK Research Fellow
- Dr Adam Jarvis, Reader in Environmental Engineering
- Dr Bryn Jones, Head of Academic Operations
- Professor David Manning, Professor of Soil Science
- Dr Helen Talbot, Reader in Organic Geochemistry
- Dr David Werner, Senior Lecturer
View all of our research activities, academic staff and student research projects in the School.
We offer the MPhil and PhD on a full time or part time basis. You will work with research-active academics who will provide advice and support throughout your research project. You will receive formal training in research skills and methods and discipline-specific training is provided where appropriate.
The first three months of study involve intensive theoretical and practical tuition to ensure that you have the study skills to plan your project and can use the equipment and software related to your research. You are encouraged to attend our weekly research seminar series and to present your work at our annual postgraduate research conference, group seminars and relevant international conferences.
The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences 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 between the universities of Newcastle, Durham, Glasgow, St Andrews and Stirling, the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. It offers multidisciplinary doctoral research and training programmes for 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 an appropriate area relevant to the proposed topic of research. Appropriate experience is desirable but not essential.
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- 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.
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.
When you make your online application for an MPhil or PhD in Geochemistry, you will need to insert one of the following course codes:
- 8314F - PhD Geoscience (FT)
- 8314P - PhD Geoscience (PT)
- 7022F - MPhil Geoscience (FT)
- 7022P - MPhil Geoscience (PT)
Before you apply you need to find and contact a research supervisor from the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School.
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. If you are based in the UK we will ask you to attend an interview.
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.