Research course


Newcastle University · Newcastle University Business School

Entry requirements

An upper second-class Honours degree and a merit master's degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject. If you do not have a Master's degree there is a wide range of programmes for you to choose from in Newcastle University Business School. Alternatively, you may apply for 1+3 funding under the Doctoral Training Centre in which you first complete the MA in Finance and Economics (Research) before proceeding to the PhD track. This master's degree is designed for applicants who have a relevant undergraduate degree but require research methods and subject-specific training in finance and/or economics.

Months of entry


Course content

Our PhD programmes also form part of the Finance and Economics pathway of the North East Doctoral Training Centre (NEDTC), which is funded and accredited by the ESRC and run jointly by the universities of Newcastle and Durham. This is a collaborative centre for world-class postgraduate research and training in the social sciences, which offers students a wealth of opportunities to work with leading researchers across a wide range of disciplines and benefit from high-quality training and state-of-the-art resources at both universities.

Newcastle University Business School also provides MPhil and PhD supervision in the following areas: Business and Management, Finance and Accounting, and Marketing.

More information about our academic staff can be found on the School's website.

There is an extensive research training programme at both the subject-specific level and generic level. At the generic level, the University's Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School provides a full range of research training in professional/key skills, bibliographical techniques, and quantitative and qualitative methods.

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 9 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information on-line.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Carolyn Watkin, Newcastle University Business School
+44 (0) 191 208 1503