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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

World-class microbiological research takes place in Newcastle in medical sciences, biological sciences, and civil engineering and geosciences. We welcome PhD research proposals in all three of these fields. We are well funded and this creates a vibrant and dynamic environment for postgraduate study.

We offer PhD supervision in: Medical sciences; Biological sciences and Civil engineering and geosciences. Medical sciences: The Centre of Bacterial Cell Biology researches fundamental aspects of the cell biology and biochemistry of bacteria, providing scientific insights crucial for the discovery and development of new antibiotics, as well as providing solutions to a huge range of industrial and environmental problems.

Biological sciences - The Applied and Environmental Microbiology Group researches: microbial biology in a range of habitats; discovery of natural products, eg antibiotics; reduction of food spoilage; production of biofuels, bioremediation of polluted environments and pathogens and host–pathogen interactions in a range of diseases including those in plants and coral reefs.

Civil engineering and geosciences - The multidisciplinary research of Civil Engineering contributes fundamental advances in: microbial ecology; environmental microbiology; environmental engineering and Earth systems; biogeochemistry; microbiological aspects of engineered and natural environments; anaerobic crude oil degradation in petroleum reservoirs; engineered biological treatment systems and the microbial ecology of climatically significant processes such as methane cycling.

Different course options

Full time | Newcastle University | 36 months | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


36 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fees: £4,327 - 15,127

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fees: £22,110 - £32,910

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent. Further research experience or a master’s degree would be advantageous.

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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