Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research

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Postgraduate Study

We offer taught (Masters and CPD) and research (MPhil/PhD) postgraduate courses.

PG student in the SWAN Centre

Our mission is to support interdisciplinary research, and we bring together researchers from a wide range of disciplines whose work focuses on energy. This allows us to offer unique opportunities for postgraduate study on both taught and research programmes.

We have a friendly postgraduate atmosphere with an innovative and dynamic interdisciplinary research culture, which includes strong links with industry.

Swan postgraduate students are based in the Swan Centre but, depending on your chosen area of study, you may also work with one or more of our partner Schools, providing you with a unique and personally designed training and supervision programme.

Research Degrees

A PhD typically involves 3 years of generic and on-the-job research training and the successful completion of an original research project, which is examined by means of a thesis (dissertation) and viva (oral exam).

This work is carried out under the supervision of two or more experienced academics, often in collaboration with other researchers here or in academia or industry elsewhere.  Quite different from sitting in lectures on a taught Masters or undergraduate course!

We can offer opportunities for MPhil and PhD Research in our core research areas, and in the areas of specialism of our academic staff.

Studying At Newcastle

Studying at Newcastle and the Swan Centre offers you internationally-renowned research expertise. Supervisors include Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society University Research Fellows, and other leading academics.

You have access to excellent laboratory, computational, and field facilities. We have a strong international postgraduate research culture – more than 25 countries currently are represented or with active links to the Institute.

We have a large, but friendly staff/student body – one of the largest such groupings of researchers in the UK. And as you'd expect, we provide opportunities for conference and fieldwork travel.

Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School provides excellent Faculty training in generic and subject-specific skills. You'll also benefit from training in professional/key skills and research techniques, support for personal development, and postgraduate events.

Deciding to undertake postgraduate research in energy opens up career opportunities in the oil and gas industries, the energy industry, the environment industry, universities, research institutes and government.


Our facilities include

  • modern open-plan office environment
  • a full range of chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and marine engineering laboratories
  • dedicated desk and PC facilities for each student within the research centre or partner schools