Research course


Newcastle University · School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in an appropriate area relevant to the proposed topic of research. Appropriate experience is desirable but not essential.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Our geochemistry research includes specific areas of expertise: applied and fundamental aspects of geochemistry; environmental sustainability; climate change; and biosphere/geosphere interactions. Through working with academics who are leaders in their field, you will be supported and guided to produce research of an international standard.
We offer the MPhil and PhD on a full time or part time basis. You will work with research-active academics who will provide advice and support throughout your research project. You will receive formal training in research skills and methods and discipline-specific training is provided where appropriate.
The first three months of study involve intensive theoretical and practical tuition to ensure that you have the study skills to plan your project and can use the equipment and software related to your research. You are encouraged to attend our weekly research seminar series and to present your work at our annual postgraduate research conference, group seminars and relevant international conferences.

Department specialisms

Reservoir and source-rock geochemistry; microbial deep biosphere of petroleum reservoirs; origin, significance and maturation of molecular biomarker compounds in the sedimentary record; physico-chemical properties and behaviour of mudstone sequences; shale gas; geological sequestration of CO2; palynofacies and organic facies of ancient and modern sediments; geomicrobiology; mineral science; molecular microbial ecology; molecular palaeontology; soil biogeochemistry; waste management; bioremediation of polluted soils and waters; biogeochemical cycling of elements through Earth history; climate change during past greenhouse conditions; processes of carbon cycling and export across the land–ocean transition

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 course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Secretary (Civil Engineering), School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
+44 (0) 191 208 6445