PhD Studentship in Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) - Understanding the dynamics of metaldhyde in agricultural catchments

Newcastle University - School of Biology

Value of award

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £14,296. Non-EU nationals can apply but will need to fund the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

April 2017 for 3 years

Application closing date

Midnight on 31 October 2016 (BST). Interviews will take place during November and December 2016.


Slugs are damaging pests of UK crops and control is achieved using molluscicidal pellets. These pellets breakdown in the environment and release their active ingredient, metaldehyde into the soil. This metaldehyde frequently pollutes drinking water above acceptable limits and methods to alleviate and predict such pollution are urgently needed.

Full Project Details can be found at


Institute of Agri-food Research and Innovation (IAFRI)

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Gordon PortProfessor Steve Rushton and Dr Roy Sanderson, School of Biology, Newcastle University

Dr Chris Sinclair and Howard Bell, Fera

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, a first-class or upper-second-class honors degree in a relevant subject or international equivalent.

This award is available to UK/EU and International candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form. Only mandatory fields need to be completed. Include the following information:

  • insert the programme code 8010F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD Agriculture Food and Rural Development - Food and Nutrition’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code AG033 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • insert the title of the project in the appropriate field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code AG033 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts, certificates and a copy of your English language qualifications if required. 

Please email covering letter and CV to Steven Hall.


Further details contact:

Steven Hall
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
IAFRI +44 (0) 191 208 7962

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