Research course


Newcastle University · School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

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Entry requirements

MPhil: A 2:2 BSc honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject. PhD: A 2:1 MChem, or international equivalent, in chemistry or a related subject. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with BSc qualifications if they have additional relevant experience.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences is a vibrant centre of research in chemistry. We have an international reputation in a wide range of fields from catalysis to anticancer drug design and molecular photonics to nanotechnology.

Research in the School of Chemistry is organised into three groups:

Synthesis, Structure and Spectroscopy

The work undertaken in this central research area covers a wide range of chemistry, from fundamental studies of structure, bonding and reactivity to the design of new molecules and materials. Material applications are diverse, ranging from catalysis to medical diagnostics and solar energy conversion.

Nanoscience and Materials

The main interests of our staff are:

  • the design and synthesis of low-dimensional systems, eg films, wires and particles
  • fundamental study of low-dimensional chemical and physical properties
  • addressing scientific problems associated with developing low-dimensional systems for application

Biological and Medicinal

Our research focuses on applying synthesis to the solution of problems in biology and medicine. The major research interests of our academics are:

  • cancer therapeutics
  • anti-infective chemotherapy
  • radiochemistry

The group works with life scientists and clinicians in the Northern Institute for Cancer Research and the NHS.

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Department specialisms

Synthesis, Structure and Spectroscopy; Nanoscience and Materials; Biological and Medicinal (cancer therapeutics, anti-infective chemotherapy, radiochemistry)

Information for international students

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. You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Keith Izod, Admissions Tutor
+44 (0) 191 208 6900