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, September, April

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 and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

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

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