MPhil and PhD supervision covers a number of research topics supported by research active academic staff. Our broad range of research areas relate to land use, natural resources and environmental change; rural planning, community governance and resilience; rural change, culture and wellbeing; and rural economy, enterprise and innovation.
Areas of research include:
- impact and implications of ‘local-global’ processes and relationships for rural areas
- characteristics and performance of rural businesses and households
- rural governance
- demographic ageing and social change
- living with environmental change
Opportunities are available for postgraduate research in the following areas:
Land use, natural resources and environmental change
- multifunctional land use and the evolving role of small farms
- land use and food security
- the management and governance of natural resources
- agri-environment policy
- environmental valuation and choice modelling
- access to land for outdoor recreation and leisure
- protected areas management
Rural planning, community governance and resilience
- relationship between rural development policy and communities in a changing political landscape
- rural policies and the role of communities in policy development
- neo-endogenous or networked rural development
- rural housing and trends in counter-urbanisation
- community asset management
- rural partnerships and stakeholder relationships
- community resilience
Rural change, culture and wellbeing
- perceptions of rurality
- rural social change
- the role of rural women
- the needs of a changing rural community
- wellbeing and quality of life
- rural social capital
- social exclusion and rural poverty
- changing perceptions of farming
Rural economy, enterprise and innovation
- rural enterprise and its economic contribution
- innovation and entrepreneurialism
- networks and knowledge exchange
- the nature and needs of rural enterprise
- technological adoption and innovation in agriculture
- linkages between urban and rural economies
- business collaboration and networking
- expertise and knowledge exchange
- social and community enterprise
- the green economy
Find out more about the work of the Rural Studies and Resource Economics research group.
We offer a number of different routes to a research degree qualification, including full-time and part-time supervised research projects. We attract postgraduates via non-traditional routes, including mature students and part-time postgraduates undertaking study as part of their continuing professional development. Off-campus (split) research is also offered, which enables you to conduct trials in conditions appropriate to your research programme.
Centre for Rural Economy
The Centre for Rural Economy is a Newcastle University Research Centre specialising in interdisciplinary social science, researching rural development and policy, food and society, and the wellbeing of rural communities.
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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.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,800 - £10,600
Part time: £2,400 - £5,300
Full time: £4,800 - £10,600
Part time: £2,400 - £5,300
Full time: £21,600 - £26,800
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.
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 relevant subject.
We usually expect research experience and/or a postgraduate qualification, such as a MRes or MSc, for PhD study. Please contact us if you are in any doubt.
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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.
You can apply for funded and non-funded PhD opportunities in Natural and Environmental Sciences.
You'll be invited for an interview as part of the application process. The supervisor will arrange this with you.
The course starts in September, but we consider January and April start dates on an individual basis.
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.