Ph.D. On Campus


Newcastle University

36 months
30400 GBP/year
10607 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


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

More details

We consider January and April start dates on an individual basis. 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. Please contact us if you are in any doubt.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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

    10607 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10607 GBP 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.


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