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Newcastle University: Biotechnology (Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department Faculty of Medical Sciences
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Study type Research


Explore biological, agricultural and environmental sciences research with our course at Newcastle University.

We invite proposals for MPhil and PhD biotechnology projects in the fields of biological, agricultural and environmental sciences.

This biotechnology PhD and MPhil sits in the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE).

Research Areas Our biological, agricultural and environmental sciences 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

  • the production of high-value novel compounds, including pharmaceuticals and pesticides

Your development We'll provide you with a comprehensive research training programme. This includes training in professional skills and research techniques. We'll also support your personal development. We have a thriving postgraduate research culture and great support for international students.

Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) researcher development programme Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you: - perform better as a researcher

  • boost your career prospects

  • broaden your impact

Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.

You’ll cover: - techniques for effective research

  • methods for better collaborative working

  • essential professional standards and requirements

Your programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.

Find out more about the SAgE researcher development programme

Doctoral training and partnerships There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within a: - Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

  • Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits: - they combine research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics.

  • you’ll study alongside a cohort of other PhD students

  • they’re often interdisciplinary

  • your PhD will normally be funded

Find out more about doctoral training and partnerships

If there are currently opportunities available in your subject area you’ll find them when you search for funding in the fees and funding section on this course.

The following centres/partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area in the future: - Sustainable Electric Propulsion Centre for Doctoral Training

  • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU)

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Through world-class research it tackles some of the biggest challenges facing society globally, leading in its key strengths of ageing and health, data, energy, cities, culture and creative arts. The UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2021 assessed its research as world-leading with outstanding impact.

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