Agriculture, Ph.D. | Newcastle University | Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
36 months
27300 GBP/year
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The PhD Agriculture at the Newcastle University covers a number of specific research topics supported by research active academic staff. Our broad range of research areas relate to food security, farming and rural development.


We offer a number of different routes to a research Agriculture at the Newcastle University qualification, including full-time and part-time supervised research projects. 

We attract postgraduates via non-traditional routes, including mature students and part-time postgraduates undertaking study as part of their continuing professional development. Off-campus (split) research is also offered, which enables you to conduct trials in conditions appropriate to your research programme.

Crop science

Genes and physiological traits, such as:
  • resistance to crop pests and diseases
  • molecular-assisted selection and breeding methods
  • plant environment interactions and their relationships to stress biology
  • physiological basis of crop yield and quality
  • biotransformation of synthetic compounds and natural products in plants
  • herbicide selectivity in cereals and competing weeds

Soil science

  • soil ecology and the contribution of soil biodiversity to soil quality
  • soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics
  • interpretation of soil and landscape processes to improve understanding of recent and historical environmental change
  • land degradation processes and their control

Ecological (organic) agriculture

  • functional biodiversity for control of pest, disease and weed pressure
  • long term factorial systems comparison experiments for in depth study of different aspects of conventional and organic farming systems

Agricultural water management

  • irrigated agriculture
  • interactions between land-use and hydrological response in a semi-arid environment
  • soil hydrological processes affecting management of salinity in irrigated land

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Crop science
  • Soil science
  • Ecological (organic) agriculture
  • Agricultural water management

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • We consider January and April start dates on an individual basis.
  • There is no application closing date for this course.


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. Please contact us if you are in any doubt.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27300 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • International students Full time: £27,300–£34,100 

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.


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Scholarships Information

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