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Microbiology, MPhil, PhD, MD

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #146 (QS) ,
World-class microbiological research takes place at the Microbiology programme from Newcastle University in medical sciences, biological sciences, and civil engineering and geosciences. They welcome MPhil, PhD and MD research proposals in all three of these fields. We are well funded and this creates a vibrant and dynamic environment for postgraduate study.

About

The Microbiology programme from Newcastle University offer MPhil, PhD and MD supervision in:

Medical sciences

The Centre of Bacterial Cell Biology researches fundamental aspects of the cell biology and biochemistry of bacteria, providing scientific insights crucial for the discovery and development of new antibiotics, as well as providing solutions to a huge range of industrial and environmental problems. Other research interests include:

  • chromosome replication and segregation
  • transcription and translation
  • protein structure, function and engineering
  • cell envelope, growth and division
  • synthetic biology, development and gene regulation
  • bacterium-host interactions

Biological sciences

The Applied and Environmental Microbiology Group researches:

  • microbial biology in a range of habitats
  • discovery of natural products, eg antibiotics
  • reduction of food spoilage
  • production of biofuels, bioremediation of polluted environments
  • pathogens and host–pathogen interactions in a range of diseases including those in plants and coral reefs

Civil engineering and geosciences

The multidisciplinary research of Civil Engineering and Geosciences contributes fundamental advances in:

  • microbial ecology
  • environmental microbiology
  • environmental engineering and Earth systems
  • biogeochemistry
  • microbiological aspects of engineered and natural environments
  • anaerobic crude oil degradation in petroleum reservoirs
  • engineered biological treatment systems
  • the microbial ecology of climatically significant processes such as methane cycling

Our research involves collaboration with mathematicians and modellers to develop underlying methods and theories that unite fundamental and applied aspects of the microbiology of environmental engineering and Earth systems. We have particular expertise in linking measured geochemical processes directly to the size and diversity of the microbial communities that mediate them.

A number of successful spin off companies have been created by staff. For example, Demuris Ltd is a drug discovery company that develops novel therapeutics, including new antibiotics that will combat the threat from emerging diseases and the rise of antibiotic resistance. This is testimony to our intellectual and innovative capacity, and our ability to translate biosciences research to the industrial setting.

In addition to subject-specific research training, our Medical Sciences Graduate School and 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. You are encouraged to present your work in Newcastle and at scientific meetings.

Facilities

Our research is supported by a wide range of facilities, allowing a broad range of research to be explored from nanotechnology to whole cell function. Specialist facilities include:

  • TIRF and SIM-TIRF microscopy
  • systems for 4-D Real time fluorescence imaging with focal locking systems
  • flow cytometry with cell sorting
  • x-ray crystallography
  • a microbiology containment level 3 suite

Other equipment includes:

  • high performance liquid chromatography
  • stop-flow UV-VIS fluorescence spectroscopy
  • facilities for electron microscopy, DNA sequencing, microarray analyses and proteomics

We also have a suite of licenced controlled environment rooms for growing transgenic plants and for housing quarantine invertebrate pests.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    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
    • Duration description

      minimum 36 months

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      minimum 72 months 

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The Medical Sciences Graduate School is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. We can help and advise you on a variety of queries relating to your studies, funding or welfare.

The Research Student Development Programme supports and complements your research whilst developing your professional skills and confidence.

You will make an on-going assessment of your own development and training needs through personal development planning (PDP) in the ePortfolio system. Our organised external events and development programme have been mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to help you identify how best to meet your training and development needs.

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.

    Schedule 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

PhD

  • A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent. Further research experience or a master’s degree would be advantageous.
MD
  • A MBBS, or an equivalent medical degree.
  • International Students: MPhil, PhD and MD in Microbiology (Medical Sciences)MPhil, PhD and MD in Microbiology (Medical Sciences)

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

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

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