Research course

Biological Sciences

Institution
Newcastle University · School of Biology
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or master's degree in a related subject, or international equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

We invite proposals for MPhil and PhD research projects in our three main research areas of biodiversity and conservation, agri-environment, and microbiology. Our PhD students play a very important role in our active research portfolio.

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

The School of Biology has good contacts with industry and hosts seminars and workshops, some of which are attended by visiting professors from industry. Students have the opportunity to participate at national and international conferences and to supplement their income by undertaking undergraduate laboratory demonstrating.

Department specialisms

Ecology and conservation (genetics, conservation, human-wildlife interactions, ecology); Biological, clinical and environmental systems modelling; Applied and Environmental Biology (genomics, molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology)

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

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Academic Secretary, School of Biology
Email
biology.admin@ncl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 191 208 4848