Research course

Rural Studies

Newcastle University · School of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

We usually expect research experience and/or a postgraduate qualification, such as a MRes or MSc, for PhD study. Please contact us if you are in any doubt.

Months of entry


Course content

MPhil and PhD supervision covers a number of research topics supported by research active academic staff. Our broad range of research areas relate to land use, natural resources and environmental change; rural planning, community governance and resilience; rural change, culture and wellbeing; and rural economy, enterprise and innovation.

Areas of research include:

  • impact and implications of ‘local-global’ processes and relationships for rural areas
  • characteristics and performance of rural businesses and households
  • rural governance
  • demographic ageing and social change
  • living with environmental change.

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements:

  • Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

See our Programme information for further information: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Gavin Stewart, Director of Postgraduate Research
+44 (0) 191 208 3593