Research course

Marine Sciences

Newcastle University · School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

The MPhil and PhD programmes provide research training, supervision and collaboration to international standards. You can choose a wide range of topics within our marine science research groups.

Your research project will be in one of the areas covered by the marine science research groups:

  • Marine Resources and Renewable Energy (MRRE) (antifouling and ballast water treatment, bacterial bioactive products, bioenergy)
  • Marine Biology, Ecosystems and Governance (structural and functional integrity of ecosystems, biological and socio-economic drivers of ecosystem change, governance and management of resource use)
  • Oceans and Climate focuses on the production, consumption and air-sea exchange of greenhouse gases.

Depending on your previous academic training and the requirements of the project, you receive formal instruction through taught modules in important areas such as laboratory safety and sea survival.

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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 Language course.

Fees and funding

See our course 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
  • Further details of qualification

    We provide a very supportive environment with excellent supervisory systems and training offered in project-specific and transferable skills, and this is borne out by our very high research degree completion rates. A number of different routes to a research degree qualification are offered including full-time and part-time supervised research programmes.

Course contact details

Susan Davies, Postgraduate Programme Co-ordinator
+ 44 (0) 191 208 8912