Newcastle University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Biology (Research)

There are other course options available which may have a different vacancy status or entry requirements – view the full list of options

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

We invite proposals for MPhil and PhD research projects in our three main research areas of biodiversity and conservation, agri-environment, and microbiology. Our Biology PhD students play a very important role in our active research portfolio. We supervise MPhil and PhD students whose interests match the expertise in these areas of biology: Ecology and conservation: Our Ecology and Conservation Research Group works to understand patterns observed in nature - species and habitats. This often includes anthropogenic effects. We collaborate with a variety of organisations concerned with species and habitat conservation, including statutory responsibility. We work with research partners and conservation practitioners from the UK and across the globe. Our research covers: •genetics •conservation •human-wildlife interactions •ecology Biological, clinical and environmental systems modelling: The Biological, clinical and environmental systems modelling group focuses on analysing the structure and dynamics of complex biological and clinical systems. We have a specific interest in investigating spatially and temporally heterogeneous processes in biology. We are driven by practical problem solving through the use of modelling. Applied and Environmental Biology: We conduct research on organisms and processes of commercial and environmental importance. Our experimental approaches include: •genomics •molecular biology •biochemistry •physiology Some examples of the commercial applications we develop include: •natural products discovery •creation of novel antimicrobials and biopesticides •sustainable methods of reducing food spoilage •microbes involved in biofuel production •uses of microbes in bioremediation of polluted environments Learn more about the Applied and Environmental Biology group. You can find more information about staff specialisms on the School of Biology website. We invite you to propose your own research topic, or you can follow one of the projects suggested on the School of Biology website. If you wish to develop your own research topic, you are recommended to contact a potential supervisor at the School of Biology to develop your ideas, before submitting your formal application via the Applicant Portal. You will benefit from two supervisors from our research community. You are encouraged to present your research results at our annual Postgraduate conference. You'll also benefit from training in a wide range of transferable skills, such as statistics and web design, through the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) Graduate School. Industry: The School of Biology has good contacts with industry and hosts seminars and workshops, some of which are attended by visiting professors from industry. Biology students have the opportunity to participate at national and international conferences and to supplement their income by undertaking undergraduate laboratory demonstrating.

Course details

Assessment method

A 2:1 honours degree or master's degree in a related subject, or international equivalent. 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 course. Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests. The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or master's degree in a related subject, or international equivalent. Applicants whose 1st language is not English will need IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Biology at Newcastle University - UCAS