Innovative Placements Scheme
As part of the University of Plymouth’s commitment to enhancing the productivity of the regional Creative Economy and supporting businesses through the economic recovery period, we are piloting an innovative new scheme to pair local businesses with talented postgraduate students in order to undertake a defined project or R&D challenge.

This activity is part of the iMayflower project and has been supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England.

For more information, contact: 
Sarah Holcombe, iMayflower Knowledge Exchange Specialist


Brand new, part-funded Masters R&D Studentships launched for October 2021

£3,000 Scholarship grant + £2,000 project budget

Are you considering applying for a Masters with the University of Plymouth Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business in 2021?

Do you have an interest in exploring how digital fabrication and immersive media technologies could help businesses to innovate, grow or increase productivity?

Are you keen to work collaboratively with a local business to apply your knowledge in a work context through a research project that contributes to the development of a new product, service or experience?

Working with a number of industry partners, who are looking for an injection of talent, skills and ideas to help them develop a new product, service or experience, we currently have the below Masters R&D Studentships available from October 2021.

Our new Masters R&D Studentships offer a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate students to bring their talent and ideas to a defined R&D challenge. The successful candidates will apply knowledge and research in a work context under the joint supervision of the University and an industry partner. The selected students will receive a £3,000 scholarship towards course fees and will have a £2,000 budget for materials, travel and accommodation directly associated with the project.

For more information on the scheme and details on how to apply, download our Information for Students document.

International students

If you hold a Tier 4 visa or will need a Tier 4 visa (now a Student Route visa) to study at the University of Plymouth, please note that the details of this Studentship scheme have been discussed with our UKVI Compliance and International Student Advice teams. This Studentship opportunity involves project work delivered as part of the student's studies and collaboration with employers to deliver the project but not employment or any work placement with employers. Therefore, we are satisfied that this will not be classified as "work" in any capacity by UKVI.


Virtual Internship Scheme

Due to phenomenal demand, our funded Virtual Internships are currently not accepting new project proposals.

However, the scheme can still support you to connect with students and recent graduates to work on short-term creative projects to benefit your business, giving you access to additional short-term capacity when you need it. For example, read about our recent game-changing work with Documental Theatre.

If you are in the position to self-fund an intern, and would like to discuss the best way to move your project forward please email