Fully-funded PhD positions will be advertised here when available. We welcome enquiries from self-funded PhD candidates or visiting researchers whose interests align with our activities.

Opportunities for PhD funding:

The Commonwealth PhD Scholarship scheme is currently open for candidates from high income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university (from Jan/Feb 2021). If this is of interest, please make contact. The deadline for applications to the CSC is 17:00 (BST) on 20 July 2020 at the latest but you will need to agree a programme of research with a host in advance.


Newcastle University offers MPhil, MRes and MSc level degrees. The Howard Group is available to host students undertaking MPhil studies that align with the interests of our research group. Please email for further information and follow the link for information on Postgraduate Tuition Fees.

The Plant & Microbial Biology group within the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences offers two complementary postgraduate degrees: an MRes (Biotechnology and Biodesign) and an MSc (Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology). The Howard Group host students on both of these degrees. Please follow the links for further information.