Newcastle University

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

The institution

Newcastle University’s School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences carries out world leading and internationally excellent research focusing on the challenges of science and engineering at the interface between technological, human and natural systems. By considering everything from major infrastructure design and development, to molecular ecology and analytical geochemnistry, the School is in a unique position to tackle the fundamental science related to intensifying global change, and to confront the challenges this presents to our society and its supporting infrastructure.

Postgraduate study

Our MSc degrees combine research-informed teaching with significant industry involvement to provide you with that extra level of understanding and experience needed by today's employers. The majority of our MSc students study full-time for 1 year. However, most of our courses can be studied part-time if you wish. Most study modules are taught in a “block” format meaning you study a module intensively for one week, with the following week free for independent study to consolidate and complete work. A dissertation features in all of our MSc courses. These can be based on our world leading research, linked to industry, or explore a field of work that particularly interests you.

Our PhD research degrees enable you to conduct independent research with our world leading academic and research staff. A PhD typically takes 3-4 years and upon completion of your doctorate you will be capable of continuing your research at any University in the world or moving into industry as a highly respected expert in your field. Funding and bursaries are available for some PhD topics.


Research in the School is driven by societal relevance underpinned by science and engineering of the highest international quality. Our research base is diverse. We have adopted the philosophy of Earth Systems Science, Engineering and Management (ESSEM) to encompass the range of research activities pursued in the school. ESSEM links Earth Systems Science from our science-focused research groups with Earth Systems Engineering and Management research which is the cornerstone of our engineering groups. This reflects our drive to use cutting edge science to solve problems of global importance.

We are a major holder of Research Council funding and collaborate with academic and industrial partners across the world to deliver world leading and internationally excellent research. Grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, and the European Union make up the majority of our research income.

We have research groups in:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geomatics
  • Geosciences
  • Geotechnical and Structural Engineering
  • Transport
  • Water


The University’s range and standard of our facility provision is outstanding with continual investment of over £10m per year to our award-winning teaching, learning and research services. An award-winning library, award-winning careers service, wide range of sports facilities, and excellent accommodation service are in place to support your studies and lifestyle.

The School has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects. On campus we have laboratories for Structural Engineering; Geotechnics and Materials; Hydraulics and Hydrology; Transport and Driver analysis; Environmental Engineering; and Geochemistry. Each laboratory is supported by experienced technical staff, and the School’s workshop can provide further advice and support for practical work and experiments. There is a wide range of off campus facilities that are available to support student work including electric vehicles; instrumented transport corridors; an instrumented river catchment; a hydro-borehole array; an engineering embankment; water treatment schemes; and flood defence schemes. Our industrial partners afford us access to other facilities and resources too.

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0191 222 6323
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