Postgraduate research supervision is available in:
- applied epidemiology
- decision-making organisation of care
- development and ageing
- public health improvement
We have four research themes underpinned by four discipline groups. You'll work within these themes and groups. You'll have a team of supervisors, including clinicians or policymakers. They will be from a range of health and social care settings. Current research interests, projects and publications are available from our staff profiles.
Our research themes include:
The applied epidemiology theme contributes to the understanding of chronic non-communicable disease across the life course. Research areas include:
- maternal and perinatal health
- childhood cancer
- life course epidemiology
Decision making and organisation of care brings together social and behavioural science, and clinical expertise to conduct applied health research. Research areas include:
- implementation/improvement science
- shared decision making/patient-centred care
- experience of health, illness and healthcare.
Life-course, development and ageing explores healthy ageing. From development in childhood and consequences of disability to health and wellbeing of the oldest old. Research areas include:
- ageing and health
- transitions in health and disability
- understanding child disability
- improving quality of life
- technologies and the environment
- cognitive impairment and dementia.
The public health improvement theme conducts applied health research. It has a focus on the development, evaluation and translation of health interventions. Research areas include:
- understanding and tackling health inequalities
- understanding and changing health-related behaviours
- evaluation of public health policy
- public health nutrition
- prevention of alcohol misuse
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
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
Attendance on campus is flexible. You'll decide this with your supervisors, depending on your research project. You'll undertake 40 hours of work per week with an annual holiday entitlement of 35 days. This includes statutory and bank holidays.
You'll receive formal, high-quality subject-specific and generic skills training with modules including:
- quantitative and qualitative methods
- health and health care policy
- health economics
- health care quality
We have a thriving postgraduate community. We have friendly and supportive relations between students and staff. Your formal supervision takes place once a month. You'll also present your studies to your research theme and to the wider institute.
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
We'll provide you with a comprehensive research training programme. This includes training in professional skills and research techniques. We'll also support your personal development. We have a thriving postgraduate research culture and great support for international students.
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 may 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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You'll have access to variety of learning and study spaces in:
- the Baddiley-Clark Building
- the Medical School
You will have access to video conference facilities and a dedicated audio-visual room. This is for analysing both audio and video information.
You have access to an extensive range of specialist software.
We also host the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service North East.
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.
Home fees for research degree students
For 2022-23 entry, we have aligned our standard Home research fees with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
For 2023-24 entry, we will again be aligning our standard Home research fees with those set by UKRI. The standard fee will be confirmed in Spring 2023 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.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
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.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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