36 months
30400 EUR/year
10607 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The supervision of the Rural Studies from Newcastle University covers a number of research topics supported by research active academic staff. Our broad range of research areas relate to land use, natural resources and environmental change; rural planning, community governance and resilience; rural change, culture and wellbeing; and rural economy, enterprise and innovation. 


Rural Studies programme is offered at Newcastle University.


Areas of research of the Rural Studies from Newcastle University include:

  • impact and implications of ‘local-global’ processes and relationships for rural areas
  • characteristics and performance of rural businesses and households
  • rural governance
  • demographic ageing and social change
  • living with environmental change

Opportunities are available for postgraduate research in the following areas:

Land use, natural resources and environmental change

  • multifunctional land use and the evolving role of small farms
  • land use and food security
  • the management and governance of natural resources
  • agri-environment policy
  • environmental valuation and choice modelling
  • access to land for outdoor recreation and leisure
  • protected areas management

Rural planning, community governance and resilience

  • relationship between rural development policy and communities in a changing political landscape
  • rural policies and the role of communities in policy development
  • neo-endogenous or networked rural development
  • rural housing and trends in counter-urbanisation
  • community asset management
  • rural partnerships and stakeholder relationships
  • community resilience

Rural change, culture and wellbeing 

  • perceptions of rurality
  • rural social change
  • the role of rural women
  • the needs of a changing rural community
  • wellbeing and quality of life
  • rural social capital
  • social exclusion and rural poverty
  • changing perceptions of farming

Rural economy, enterprise and innovation

  • rural enterprise and its economic contribution
  • innovation and entrepreneurialism
  • networks and knowledge exchange
  • the nature and needs of rural enterprise
  • technological adoption and innovation in agriculture
  • linkages between urban and rural economies
  • business collaboration and networking
  • expertise and knowledge exchange
  • social and community enterprise
  • the green economy

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme aims to help you develop the skills and experience that the UK Research Councils expect you to have, or to develop, during your research degree.

Our programme will help you to:

  • complete a training needs analysis, so that you know what your current skills are and where you need help and development
  • use your training needs analysis to create your personal development plan
  • identify appropriate workshops or other events that will help you most and best address your development needs
  • gain the personal and professional key skills development for the successful completion of your research degree

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.
  • We usually expect research experience and/or a postgraduate qualification, such as a MRes or MSc, for PhD study. 

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    30400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30400 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • National

    10607 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10607 EUR per year during 36 months.

HomeFull time: £4,407 - £10,607*

Part time: £2,203.50 - £5,303.50*


Full time: £24,000 - £30,400

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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