World-class microbiological research takes place in Newcastle in medical sciences, biological sciences, and civil engineering and geosciences. We 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.
MPhil/ PhD supervision is available in the following subject areas:
Medical sciences: Research into 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; 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: 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: 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.
Training and Skills
We have an international reputation for many areas of our research, which creates a dynamic environment for postgraduate study. In addition to subject-specific research training, our Medical Sciences Graduate School and Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School have a thriving postgraduate research culture, with additional support for international students. They have an excellent record for timely PhD submission, provide training in professional/key skills and research techniques and support personal development.