Research course

Agriculture

Institution
Newcastle University · School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

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.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

MPhil and PhD supervision covers a number of specific research topics supported by research active academic staff. Our broad range of research areas relate to food security, farming and rural development.

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, doctoral training centres and Research Student Support Team.

Researcher Development Programme

Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme aims to help you develop the skills and experience that the UK Research Councils expect you to have, or to develop, during your research degree.

Our programme will help you to:

  • complete a training needs analysis, so that you know what your current skills are and where you need help and development
  • use your training needs analysis to create your personal development plan
  • identify appropriate workshops or other events that will help you most and best address your development needs
  • gain the personal and professional key skills development for the successful completion of your research degree

We consider January and April start dates on an individual basis.

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Department specialisms

Ecological Agriculture, Food and Human Nutrition, Integrated Animal Science, Soils, Plants and Environment, Rural Development in Advanced Economies, Food Systems, Consumption and Marketing, Science and Technology Studies in Food and Environment.

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 Language course.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
John Gowing, Director of Postgraduate Research, School of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science
Email
afrd-pg@ncl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 191 208 8488