Join a Russell Group university where teaching is informed by our research-active staff.
At Newcastle you will learn from, and work alongside, world leading academics, who are at the cutting-edge of their discipline. Allowing you to develop your analytical skills in a research-intensive environment through the range of opportunities and mentoring that we provide.
Check the optional modules available on your chosen degree course as these will often be inspired by the research our academics are undertaking.
In some cases, the research expertise is unique to Newcastle, helping to distinguish our degrees from similar degrees offered by other institutions.
The majority of our research is ranked in the top two categories of ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).
Why research is important to teachingWhy research is important to teaching
We want to inspire and train the next generation of innovators.
You will learn from world-leading experts with a passion for their subject.
Our research-informed teaching offers lots of advantages to our students. You will:
- develop graduate skills such as critical thinking, problem–solving and presentation through your own research project or dissertation
- join an intellectually enquiring community that creates and shares knowledge – it is a stimulating and exciting environment for learning
- benefit from our strong reputation – we attract substantial research income and top teachers, and conduct research with government, business and charities
Do your own researchDo your own research
With support from our experienced researchers, you will have plenty of opportunities to do your own research and make discoveries alongside academic staff.
In the process, you’ll develop skills that graduate employers look for, such as research skills, problem-solving and critical thinking.
Recently students have helped to uncover a Roman villa in Somerset and developed a sustainable way to brew beer.
Dissertations and research projects
All students will undertake a dissertation or research project, giving you the chance to study in depth a topic that interests you, and boost your CV with skills such as critical thinking and problem solving.
Our research scholarship scheme provides funding to help you work alongside our researchers on projects over the summer vacation.
Newcastle is one of the most research-expedition active universities in the UK. You can conduct a research expedition overseas with the support of our expedition committee.
You can also take part in a research study, either as a volunteer or research assistant.
Our research impactOur research impact
We believe our research should have an impact on the world around us.
Our research focuses on addressing the major challenges facing society today.
Our academics are developing knowledge and innovations in a diverse range of areas, such as:
- finding a way to reverse Type 2 Diabetes, a disease affecting 300 million people worldwide
- researching renewable energy sources
- pioneering new methods of IVF, to prevent hereditary diseases
- helping cities adapt to the increasing demands on their population
- developing a new generation of prosthetic limbs
- using stem cells to treat corneal blindness
- protecting ancient monuments and heritage sites in war-torn cities
- revolutionising education in developing countries and inspiring learning through self-organised learning environments
Our research reputationOur research reputation
Research Excellence Framework
Newcastle University is ranked 16th in the UK for research power in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The vast majority of our research is placed in the top two categories of 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent).
We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to:
- maintaining the very best research
- an outstanding teaching and learning experience
- unrivalled links with business and the public sector
- a commitment to civic responsibility
Through these commitments, Russell Group universities make an enormous impact on the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of the UK.
We have won three Queen's Anniversary Prizes, which honour work of outstanding importance and quality in higher education.
We generate over £100m in annual research income from government, business and charities.
Five star quality
Newcastle has achieved five QS Stars for Research from QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the first international assessment of its kind. Read more about the areas given five QS stars.