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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Newcastle University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

We invite proposals for MPhil and PhD research projects in our three main research areas of biodiversity and conservation, agri-environment, and microbiology. Our Biology PhD students play a very important role in our active research portfolio.

We supervise MPhil and PhD students whose interests match the expertise in these areas of biology:

Ecology and conservation

Our Ecology and Conservation Research Group works to understand patterns observed in nature - species and habitats. This often includes anthropogenic effects.

We collaborate with a variety of organisations concerned with species and habitat conservation, including statutory responsibility. We work with research partners and conservation practitioners from the UK and across the globe.

Our research covers:

genetics
conservation
human-wildlife interactions
ecology

Biological, clinical and environmental systems modelling

The Biological, clinical and environmental systems modelling group focuses on analysing the structure and dynamics of complex biological and clinical systems. We have a specific interest in investigating spatially and temporally heterogeneous processes in biology. We are driven by practical problem solving through the use of modelling.

Applied and environmental biology

We conduct research on organisms and processes of commercial and environmental importance. Our experimental approaches include:

genomics
molecular biology
biochemistry
physiology

Some examples of the commercial applications we develop include:

natural products discovery
creation of novel antimicrobials and biopesticides
sustainable methods of reducing food spoilage
microbes involved in biofuel production
uses of microbes in bioremediation of polluted environments

You can find more information about staff specialisms on the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences website.

We invite you to propose your own research topic, or you can follow one of the projects suggested on the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences website. If you wish to develop your own research topic, you are recommended to contact a potential supervisor at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences to develop your ideas, before submitting your formal application via the Applicant Portal.

You will benefit from two supervisors from our research community. You are encouraged to present your research results at our annual Postgraduate conference. You'll also benefit from training in a wide range of transferable skills, such as statistics and web design, through the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) Graduate School.

Industry

The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences has good contacts with industry and hosts seminars and workshops, some of which are attended by visiting professors from industry. Biology students have the opportunity to participate at national and international conferences and to supplement their income by undertaking undergraduate laboratory demonstrating.

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University information

Newcastle University

  • University League Table

    37th

  • Campus address

    Newcastle University, King’s Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE1 7RU, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    54th out of 100 22

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    135 61%

    35th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    58.0 58%

    82nd

    27
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.93 79%

    80th

    12

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