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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Marine Biology Oceanography

Course type


Course Summary

This programme provides 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) covers antifouling and ballast water treatment; bacterial bioactive products and bioenergy; Marine Biology, Ecosystems and Governance covers structural and functional integrity of ecosystems, biological and socio-economic drivers of ecosystem change and 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.

This research degree operates through the Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme (PGRDP). This is part of the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) Graduate School. Your original research project is managed in the marine science research groups. There is flexibility in how your research outputs are achieved. Supervisory inputs and collaborations with other schools and faculties are common. Input from outside the University, eg Research Council (RCUK) CASE studentships, is also encouraged. The programme of work is tailored to your project requirements. You will achieve a certain number of credits through the PGRDP and School in your first two years. You will also: write a thesis for viva voce examination; attend regional and international conferences in your chosen subject area and prepare papers for publication in academic journals.

Different course options

Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | JAN-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fees: £4,327 - £12,127

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fees: £22,710 - £30,510

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more

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