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Biotechnology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #152 (QS) Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Research in Biotechnology at Newcastle University spans the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE). We invite proposals for MPhil and PhD projects in biotechnology across the fields of medical sciences, biological, agricultural and environmental sciences, and marine science and technology.
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Overview

We offer MPhil and PhD supervision in the following research areas:

Medical sciences

In medical sciences our research focuses on translational medicine, from drug discovery and development to effective product commercialisation and process optimisation. Our key areas are:

  • the development of drugs for the treatment of cancer and psychiatric disorders
  • novel antibiotic innovation
  • design and development of integrated electrochemical and bio-microelectromechanical (bio-MEMS) sensors for application to point-of-care diagnosis of disease processes and sensor technologies for real-time, high content intracellular analysis using polymer-based nanosensor systems
Biological, agricultural and environmental sciences

In biological, agricultural and environmental sciences our research focuses on:

  • the search and discovery of commercially significant natural products
  • the production of crops with novel traits
  • the fundamental role played by micro-organisms in the turnover of pollutants and the production of high value novel compounds, including pharmaceuticals and pesticides.
Marine science and technology

Our work has led to pioneering advancements in developing novel antibiotics and omega-3 oils from plankton. We also explore the industrial applications of marine organisms such as the development of environmentally friendly antifouling coatings.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

Depending on your specific area of research, our Medical Sciences Graduate School or 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply. 

  • Programme intensity

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

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

Programme Structure

See Modules tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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. Further research experience or a master’s degree would be advantageous.

To study these courses you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22110 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22110 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 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.
UK & EU

Full time: £4,327 - 15,127 Part time: £2,164 - £7,564

International

Full time: £22,110 - £32,910

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.

Funding

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