Our research areas include:
- genetic medicine
- developmental genetics
- neuromuscular and neurological genetics
- mitochondrial genetics
- cardiovascular genetics
You'll be a member of a thriving research community. The Institute is in Newcastle’s Life Science Centre.
You'll work alongside many research, clinical and educational organisations. This includes the Northern Genetics Service.
We offer supervision for MPhil, PhD and MD in the following research areas:
Our research includes:
- a major clinical trial for chemoprevention of colon cancer
- genetic analyses of neuroblastoma susceptibility
- research into Wilms Tumour (a childhood kidney cancer)
- studies on cell cycle regulation and genome instability.
We use techniques of high genetic analyses. This is to identify mechanisms where genetic variability contributes to developing cardiovascular disease. We explore gene factors and how they affect the development of the heart and blood vessels.
We work on large scale studies on the genetic basis of common diseases with complex causes. For example, autoimmune disease, complex cardiovascular traits and renal disorders. We are developing novel statistical methods and tools for analysing this genetic data.
We study genes known or suspected to influence malformations found in newborn babies. These include genes involved in normal and abnormal development of the:
- kidney system
Our research includes the use of knockout mice and zebrafish as laboratory models.
We research gene expression control during development and misregulated in diseases. This looks at the roles of:
- transcription factors
- RNA binding proteins
- the signalling pathways that control these
We conduct studies of early human brain development. We look into:
- gene expression analysis
- primary cell culture models
- 3D visualisation and modelling
Our research includes:
- the identification of genes that in isolation can cause neurological disorders
- molecular mechanisms and treatment of neurometabolic disease
- complex genetics of common neurological disorders including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease
- the genetics of epilepsy
Kidney research focuses on:
- atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS)
- vesicoureteric reflux (VUR)
- cystic renal disease
- nephrolithiasis to study renal genetics
The discovery that aHUS is a disease of complement dysregulation has led to a specific interest in complement genetics.
Our research includes:
- investigation of the role of mitochondria in human disease
- nuclear-mitochondrial interactions in disease
- the inheritance of mitochondrial DNA heteroplasmy
- mitochondrial function in stem cells
The Neuromuscular Research Group has a series of basic research programmes. We look at the function of novel muscle proteins and their roles in pathogenesis. Recently developed translational research programmes are seeking therapeutic targets for various muscle diseases.
We research human embryonic stem (ES) cells, germline stem cells and somatic stem cells. ES cell research aims to understand:
- stem cell pluripotency
- survival and epigenetic control of differentiation and development
This includes the analysis of genes in germline stem cell proliferation and differentiation. Somatic stem cell projects include:
- programmes on umbilical cord blood stem cells
- haematopoietic progenitors, and limbal stem cells
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
MPhil; PhD; MD
An MPhil is available in all subject areas. You receive research training and undertake original research leading to the completion of a 40,000 - 50,000 word thesis.
A PhD is a doctorate or doctoral award. It involves original research that should make a significant contribution to the knowledge of a specific subject. To complete the PhD you will produce a substantial piece of work (80,000 – 100,000 words) in the form of a supervised thesis. A PhD usually takes three years full time.
An MD is a doctorate or doctoral award. It combines your research findings with clinical practice. To complete the MD you will produce a substantial piece of work (80,000 – 100,000 words) in the form of a supervised thesis. For professionally qualified doctors, an MD (Doctor of Medicine) is awarded.
How you'll learn
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
We offer a wide range of projects for the master's thesis. These will be provided by our academics. You can also propose your own topic.
Our mission is to help you:
- stay healthy, positive and feeling well
- overcome any challenges you may face during your degree – academic or personal
- get the most out of your postgraduate research experience
- carry out admin and activities essential to progressing through your degree
- understand postgraduate research processes, standards and rules
We can offer you tailored wellbeing support, courses and activities.
You can also access a broad range of workshops covering:
- research and professional skills
- careers support
- health and safety
- public engagement
- academic development
Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) researcher development programme
Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:
- perform better as a researcher
- boost your career prospects
- broaden your impact
Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.
- techniques for effective research
- methods for better collaborative working
- essential professional standards and requirements
Your programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.
Doctoral training and partnerships
There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within a:
- Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
- Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits:
- they combine research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics.
- you’ll study alongside a cohort of other PhD students
- they’re often interdisciplinary
- your PhD will normally be funded
If there are currently opportunities available in your subject area you’ll find them when you search for funding in the fees and funding section on this course.
The following centres/partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area in the future:
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We have specialist facilities on-site for:
- multicolour fluorescence-activated cell sorting
- ‘next generation’ high-throughput sequencing and genotyping
- transgenics/gene targeting
- confocal microscopy
- optical projection tomography
- gene expression imaging
- microarray technology
- fluorescent activated cell sorting
- ‘Good Manufacturing Practice’ for human stem cells
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
We are unable to give an exact fee, this is why the fee is shown as a range. This fee range takes into account your research topic and resource requirements.
Your research topic is unique so it 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.
For 2022-23 entry, we will be aligning our standard Home research fees with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The standard fee will be confirmed in Spring 2022 by UKRI.
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
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We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
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