12 months
26100 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
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The research in the Geochemistry programme from Newcastle University includes specific areas of expertise: applied and fundamental aspects of geochemistry; environmental sustainability; climate change; and biosphere/geosphere interactions. Through working with academics who are leaders in their field, you will be supported and guided to produce research of an international standard.


The Geochemistry programme from Newcastle University enjoys an international reputation for using the latest science to solve problems of global importance. For geochemistry we have MPhil and PhD supervision in the following areas:

Petroleum-related geological research

  • reservoir and source-rock geochemistry
  • microbial deep biosphere of petroleum reservoirs
  • origin, significance and maturation of molecular biomarker compounds in the sedimentary record
  • physico-chemical properties and behaviour of mudstone sequences
  • shale gas
  • geological sequestration of CO2
  • palynofacies and organic facies of ancient and modern sediments

Examples of key staff in this area include:

  • Dr Geoffrey Abbott, Senior Lecturer in Organic Geochemistry
  • Professor Ian Head, Professor of Environmental Microbiology
  • Dr Martin Jones, Analytical Facilities Manager
  • Professor Thomas Wagner, Professor of Earth System Science

Environment-related research

  • geomicrobiology
  • mineral science
  • molecular microbial ecology
  • molecular palaeontology
  • soil biogeochemistry
  • waste management
  • bioremediation of polluted soils and waters
  • biogeochemical cycling of elements through Earth history
  • climate change during past greenhouse conditions
  • processes of carbon cycling and export across the land–ocean transition

Examples of key staff in this area include:

  • Dr Neil Gray, Reader in Geomicrobiology and RCUK Research Fellow
  • Dr Adam Jarvis, Reader in Environmental Engineering
  • Dr Bryn Jones, Head of Academic Operations
  • Professor David Manning, Professor of Soil Science
  • Dr Helen Talbot, Reader in Organic Geochemistry
  • Dr David Werner, Senior Lecturer

View all of our research activities, academic staff and student research projects in the School.


We offer the MPhil and PhD on a full time or part time basis. You will work with research-active academics who will provide advice and support throughout your research project. You will receive formal training in research skills and methods and discipline-specific training is provided where appropriate.

The first three months of study involve intensive theoretical and practical tuition to ensure that you have the study skills to plan your project and can use the equipment and software related to your research. You are encouraged to attend our weekly research seminar series and to present your work at our annual postgraduate research conference, group seminars and relevant international conferences.

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

Our programme will help you to:

  • complete a training needs analysis, so that you know what your current skills are and where you need help and development
  • use your training needs analysis to create your personal development plan
  • identify appropriate workshops or other events that will help you most and best address your development needs
  • gain the personal and professional key skills development for the successful completion of your research degree

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in an appropriate area relevant to the proposed topic of research. Appropriate experience is desirable but not essential.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • Full time: £26,100 - £32,700

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 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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