Learn from some of Europe’s leading researchers while undertaking your own project.
Access some of the best research facilities in the world at both the University and in hospitals around Greater Newcatle.
Undergo training in transferable skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals through the Doctoral Academy’s training programme.
How long it takes:
3-4 years PhD, 1-2 years MPhil
Distance learning/ Campus
Research students are welcomed to University of Newcastle as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.
As genome projects for animals, plants and microorganisms continue to advance, new opportunities arise that offer huge potential benefits in healthcare, agriculture and the environment through the production of new drugs, novel crops and bioremediation.
The University of Newcastle is home to the UK Centre for Tissue Engineering and enjoys strong links with industry. We are well placed to exploit emerging research opportunities with industry through the purpose-built BioSciences Incubator, where companies that spin out from our basic research are located.
Research in biotechnology is diverse, and the following areas represent just a few examples:
- wound healing
- injury and repair
- cancer biology
- arthritis research
- appetite and body weight
- neurodegeneration and movement disorders
- animal cell biotechnology
- microbial pathogenicity and production of therapeutics
- genetic engineering of crops
- containment of transgenes in the environment
- bioremediation of terrestrial and aquatic environments
Training and development
All of our postgraduate research students attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD).
The programme provides key transferable skills in areas such as commercial awareness, academic writing and public engagement. This training equips our postgraduates with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy.
The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills.
Academic entry qualification overview
For applicants whose first language is not English, or if you have not studied recently in the UK, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test.
If your IELTS or TOEFL expires before the start of your programme, you will need to take another official English test before we can issue you with a CAS for your visa application. This is a requirement of UKVI.
We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL (iBT) 90.
Each component of the English test should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5 in all components or 22 in TOEFL (iBT). For the writing component in IELTS we expect that you have achieved a minimum of 6.0.
PhD/MPhil programmes are based on individual research projects that last three to four years (PhD) or one year (MPhil), working with a specific Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s).
Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background.
International applicants interested in this research area can also consider the our PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate .
This unique programme will enable you to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, whilst also carrying out independent research on your chosen project.