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

"The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is home to more than 220 postgraduate research (PGR) students working across a variety of base disciplines within departments recognised as world-leading for their research, impact, and environment, as evidenced in our various centres of PGR excellence: iDat, ICCMR, TransTech, 3D3. In addition to the critical humanities, Plymouth has long been a national leader in the fostering of creative arts practice and the study of creativity, with PGR students in these areas benefiting from our building of collegiate cohorts, interdisciplinary study, and ever-increasing international partnerships (in USA, China, Greece, Italy, Nepal, Jordan, and Ethiopia). A new ‘Low-Residency’ PhD option will soon be offered via various creative arts disciplines, including creative writing and fine art (visit the website of the discipline you’re interested in to see if the option is available or contact the relevant research leader).
The UK Government has introduced masters level and doctoral loans, find out more about funding for taught postgraduates and postgraduate research.
The University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Arts regularly administers competitive studentships via, for example, the Doctoral Teaching Assistantship scheme."

Professor Anthony Caleshu

Schools, Arts Institute and Doctoral College 

All research degrees students will be formally registered within one of our three schools, even those who work across disciplinary fields. Your ‘home’ school is usually based on the location of your Director of Studies.

School of Art, Design and Architecture: Art and MediaDigital Art and Technology, CODEX, Transtechnology Research, Design, Built Environment,  Architecture, Planetary Collegium 

Creative Writing,  English, History, Art History, Music, Computer Music, Performing Arts 

Plymouth Institute of Education:
PhD Education, EdD: Professional Doctorate in Education

PhD students are embedded within the intellectual life of the University through several tiers of research training, including:

  • the local discipline’s integration of students into research units (delivering subject specific training)
  • the Faculty of Arts and Humanities support scheme of research trips, conference attendance, shadowships and mentorships
  • we bring students from across the range of disciplines into the same room to study research methodologies
  • the Arts Institute, which both offers a platform and enables students to prepare their research for external dissemination
  • the University’s Doctoral College supports and enhances the development and research environment of all postgraduate researchers and supervisors at the University of Plymouth.
On average, 30 students complete their PhDs within the Faculty each year.

Postgraduate research programmes

The Doctoral College supports a range of postgraduate research, with schools offering ResM and MPhil / PhD routes in the following:

Key partnerships

We have a strong tradition of fostering partnerships, both nationally and internationally in support of postgraduate research. 


Offering everything from research training to research programmes, PhDs to conferences, studentships, seminars and more.

Other partnerships

Plymouth’s partnerships with other institutions of Higher Education (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 also 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.