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Qualification type

DM/MD - Doctor of Medicine

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 MPhil, PhD and MD 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 MD supervision in:

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. Other research interests include:

chromosome replication and segregation
transcription and translation
protein structure, function and engineering
cell envelope, growth and division
synthetic biology, development and gene regulation
bacterium-host interactions

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
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
microbiological aspects of engineered and natural environments
anaerobic crude oil degradation in petroleum reservoirs
engineered biological treatment systems
the microbial ecology of climatically significant processes such as methane cycling

Our research involves collaboration with mathematicians and modellers to develop underlying methods and theories that unite fundamental and applied aspects of the microbiology of environmental engineering and Earth systems. We have particular expertise in linking measured geochemical processes directly to the size and diversity of the microbial communities that mediate them.

A number of successful spin off companies have been created by staff. For example, Demuris Ltd is a drug discovery company that develops novel therapeutics, including new antibiotics that will combat the threat from emerging diseases and the rise of antibiotic resistance. This is testimony to our intellectual and innovative capacity, and our ability to translate biosciences research to the industrial setting.

In addition to subject-specific research training, our Medical Sciences Graduate School and Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School will provide you with a comprehensive research training programme. This includes training in professional skills and research techniques, and support for personal development. They each have a thriving postgraduate research culture, with additional support for international students. You are encouraged to present your work in Newcastle and at scientific meetings.

Different course options

Full time | Newcastle University | 24 months | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


24 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£4,327 - 15,127 per year. The fees stated are for 2019 entry only. We are aligning our 2020 entry tuition fees for students with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A MBBS, or an equivalent medical degree.

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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