Newcastle University Postgraduate Courses

Last Updated on July 29, 2023

Our offer

It’s time to invest in your future. Explore our world-class teaching and research and channel your passion. Explore a Newcastle University postgraduate degree and set yourself apart from the rest.

A postgraduate degree can open doors, enabling you to dive deeper into a subject you’re passionate about. Whether you’re continuing from undergraduate study or returning to education, choose a postgraduate degree that builds the skills valued by employers.

World-class teaching

World-leading experts and top academics at the forefront of their discipline will inspire you – our teaching is 5-star (QS Stars 2021).  

World-leading research

Ranked 16th in the world for research power (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014), the vast majority of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent – so your studies will be informed by our pioneering work. The quality of our research has also been recognised by three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes. 

Achieve your research ambitions at Newcastle

A research degree from Newcastle opens the door to many opportunities. It’s your chance to study at a centre for world-leading research. 

Our great minds are working on solutions to make life better for people across the globe. Your PhD could help us have even more impact. 

Study at a top UK university

We’re a world top 150 university (QS World Rankings 2020), with an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. 

You can rest assured that future employers will value your PhD from Newcastle.

Research shows we’re one of the UK universities that top graduate employers target the most. (The Graduate Market in 2019, High Fliers Research)

Support for your personal and professional growth

Through our Doctoral College, you’ll get all the support you need to learn and grow. This includes:

  • a personalised research development programme, with workshops tailored to your academic and career goals
  • career consultations, workshops and coaching
  • opportunities to take part in competitions and events
  • we offer each student a personalised training needs analysis as well as research development training

Find out more about our Doctoral College

Qualifications explained

Find out more about the types of qualifications and awards available

Research training and supervision

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career.

You will be supervised by a team of academics, who will guide and direct your studies. They will be experienced researchers in your chosen field of study. You will work with them to define your research project.

Additional support is available throughout your studies from our doctoral training centres, faculty training programmes and award-winning Research Student Support Team.

Research Excellence Framework

The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) puts us at 16th in the UK for research power, a rise of one place from 2008.

REF 2014 confirms our global academic status, with the University’s research into areas such as neuroscience, English language and literature and computing science rated as amongst the leading departments in the UK.

Our performance in 28 individual fields of research was reviewed by panels of internationally-renowned experts who were specifically looking for the institution’s impact on global society.

Research areas ranging from dentistry and biological sciences, to civil engineering percentage, maths, and media and cultural studies were all rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

REF 2014 has been conducted by the four higher education funding councils for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It grades the quality of research staff from 4* (world-leading), to 1*(nationally recognised). Research falling below this standard is rated ‘unclassified’.

Research training

Our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills while carrying out your original research. Your supervisory team will help you to:

  • complete a training needs analysis, so that you know what your current skills are and where you need to further training
  • use your training needs analysis to create your personal development plan (PDP)
  • identify training events that will best address your development needs

All three of our faculties provide a research training and development programme, offering a range of workshops, events and other learning opportunities. Further details can be found at:

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

ePortfolio

Our ePortfolio system enables you to record and reflect on your personal and professional development.

You can use it to:

  • maintain your PDP
  • write your research plan and keep records of meetings with your supervisory team
  • write a blog
  • maintain your CV
  • keep a record of workshops, conferences and other training events that you attend

newcastle university masters fees

Prospective students can find the cost of tuition fees for the first year of study by referring to the Fees and Funding section on our course pages.

Tuition fees will normally be charged for a full academic year and include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Fees are reviewed on an annual basis and can increase per academic year.

If you withdraw from your studies and your last date of registration is within the first 14 days of the academic year, you will not be charged tuition fees for the academic year.

Postgraduate tuition fees are payable for each year of your programme of study and can vary from stage to stage according to your programme of study.

Newcastle University charges tuition fee by academic year. If you begin your studies mid-year, you need only pay the proportion of your tuition fee due to cover the period to the end of the academic year. You should also expect that the fee due in September, at the start of the next academic year, will be higher than in the previous year, due to an inflationary increase.

New students can find out the cost of tuition fees for the first year of study on the relevant course page.

Tuition fees for returning postgraduate taught students will be available in late spring 2019.

Tuition fees for returning postgraduate research students who began studies in 2017 or earlier will be available in late spring 2019.

Tuition fees in future years for postgraduate research students who began study in 2018 onwards are as follows:

2019:

 UK/EU StudentsInternational Students
Band 1£4,327£16,500 to £17,700
Band 2£4,327£22,110
Band 2a£7,327£25,110
Band 2b£10,327£28,110
Band 2c£12,127£29,910
Band 3£15,127£32,910

2020:

 UK/EU StudentsInternational Students
Band 1Research Council Fee£17,340 to £23,200
Band 2Research Council Fee£23,200 to £23,800
Band 2aResearch Council Fee + surcharge£26,300 to £26,900
Band 2bResearch Council Fee + surcharge£29,400 to £30,000
Band 2cResearch Council Fee + surcharge£31,300 to £31,900
Band 3Research Council Fee + surcharge£24,400 to £35,000

2021 – In the region of:

 UK/EU StudentsInternational Students
Band 1Research Council Fee£18,207
Band 2Research Council Fee£24,360
Band 2aResearch Council Fee + surcharge£27,560
Band 2bResearch Council Fee + surcharge£30,760
Band 2cResearch Council Fee + surcharge£32,760
Band 3Research Council Fee + surcharge£35,960

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