Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business postgraduate research degrees - ResM, MPhil/PhD, EdD and DBA

Zoe Latham MPhilPhD Architecture.

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business is home to more than 450 postgraduate research (PGR) students working across a variety of disciplines within world-leading research environments that are critical, collaborative and inter/trans-disciplinary in their approach. Our postgraduate research is aligned with research excellence across the creative and performing arts, design and architecture, built environment, humanities, social sciences, and business and education, connecting directly to real world challenges through sustainable, resilient and socially engaging methods of practice. We train students to become research leaders and practitioners of the future with state-of-the-art facilities such as the Digital Fabrication Laboratory and the Immersive Vision Theatre among others, and studios for practice led/based research.

We work closely with the University’s Doctoral College on all regulatory matters and with other faculties across the University for collaborative supervision and research projects. We partner externally with the wider city and globally across Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and non-HEIs, industry organisations, public institutions and charities.

The University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business regularly administers competitive studentships, for example, via the AHRC 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training and the Doctoral Teaching Assistantship scheme. We welcome interest and applications from across the world, locally and regionally on a full time, part time, remote (online), and integrated basis. A new ‘Low-Residency’ research degree option will soon be offered via various creative arts disciplines. 

Dr Sana Murrani
Deputy Director for the Doctoral College for the Arts, Humanities and Business

Photo by Carey Marks

Postgraduate Research Coordinators across the Faculty

Faculty training and Schools

All research degree students will be formally registered within one of our five schools. Your ‘home’ school is usually based on the location of your Director of Studies. Each school has a designated academic staff member who leads the school’s postgraduate research matters.

Research students are embedded in the intellectual life of the university through several tiers of research training, including the following:

  • Local disciplines’ integration of students into research units (delivering subject-specific training).
  • A faculty-wide training programme on research skills and methodologies (this is delivered through blended learning).
  • School-level funding schemes for research trips, conference attendance, and mentorships.
  • Annual Faculty Doctoral Conference.
  • Monthly Faculty Postgraduate Research Café.
  • Engagement with the Bridge and creative industries (this is for PGR students who are interested in knowledge exchange projects, whereby their research can inform non-academic beneficiaries).
  • The Arts Institute, which both offers a research platform and enables students to prepare their research for external dissemination.
  • The university’s doctoral college supports and provides research training for all postgraduate researchers and supervisors at the University of Plymouth through its Researcher Development Programme.

Key partnerships

We have a strong tradition of fostering partnerships, both nationally and internationally, in support of postgraduate research.
Plymouth’s partnerships with other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and non-HEI organisations exist at local, regional, national, and international levels. Those select partnerships listed below are of special interest for the postgraduate research training they enable, both on the Plymouth campus and elsewhere, where our students take up placements, residencies and exchanges:

  • IBM Smarter Planet
  • Fulldome UK
  • Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory
  • Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (London)
  • Plymouth Theatre Royal/TR2
  • North Devon Biosphere
  • Society for Arts and Technology (Montreal)T
  • Trans-Media Akademie (Dresden)
  • Plymouth City Council
  • The Box, Plymouth
  • Plymouth Art Centre
  • Plymouth Culture Board (CDA: the Cottonian Collection; Mayflower 400)

  • Devon Heritage Centre
  • Theatre Royal, Plymouth
  • Superfast Cornwall
  • Tate Collective London
  • The V&A
  • British Library
  • The National Archives
  • Britannia Naval College
  • Powderham Castle
  • Antony House
  • The National Maritime Museum
  • Skarhults Castle
  • World Heritage Cornish Mining Site
  • The Historic Preservation Program at Penn Design (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Sadler’s Wells
  • International Research Forum on Guided Tours, (Universities of Hulmstead and Gothenberg)
  • Ars Electronica.
  • British Red Cross
  • Global Alliance for Urban Crises

For further general information on research degrees within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business contact artsresearch@plymouth.ac.uk.