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Agriculture, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #152 (QS) Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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.
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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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. Further research experience and/or a further qualification such as an MRes or MSc is normally expected for PhD. Please contact us with details of your proposed subject of research if you are in any doubt.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28710 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28710 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4350 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • The fees given above are indicative only. The standard fee will be confirmed in Spring 2019 by UKRI. 

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 560 - 1000 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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