School of Biomedical Sciences

PhD Biomedical Sciences

Study for an MPhil, ResM, or PhD degree with the School of Biomedical Sciences and join a dynamic research community of students, academics and staff that are doing their bit to tackle some of the greatest problems impacting science and society.

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry criteria:
  •  You will usually need a 2:1 degree from a UK University or equivalent. If English isn't your first language, you'll need to show evidence of your English language ability. The minimum IELTS test score for entry to a research programme is 6.5 overall, with at least 5.5 in each element of the test. However, some postgraduate research degree programmes are linguistically more demanding, and higher command of the English language and/or higher IELTS scores are required. This will be indicated upon advertisement of that specific research degree study opportunity, upon contact and/or following interview with the applicant. 
  • two satisfactory academic references
  • evidence of funding for the duration of your course.
If you do not have a masters level qualification, we recommend you consider applying for our ResM Biomedical Sciences or MSc Biomedical Science programmes. 
For more general guidelines and application requirements, please visit the apply for a postgraduate research programme page.

Fees, costs and funding

Please visit Fees and costs of studying for information about fees. MPhil/PhD Biomedical Sciences is in Band 2 for fees purposes.
You are responsible for meeting all of the costs related to your own research project, beyond the resources available in the department.
Please visit our postgraduate research: money matters to find out more about issues related to fees, funding, loans and paying for your programme of study.

How to apply

The first step in the application process is for you to tell us about your area of interest so that we can help you identify potential main supervisor(s). You can identify potential research areas of interest by browsing our school’s research groups. Once we have recommended a potential supervisor, your application can be sent to them for consideration.
After a potential supervisor has been identified, in order to formally apply, please complete the online application form and ensure you upload the following documents:
  • a brief research proposal and personal statement
  • an up to date CV which includes dates with all gaps accounted for and the location of your activities
  • two academic references
  • a copy of your highest qualification certificate and final transcript of grades
  • information on how you meet our English language requirements, which is 6.5 for academic IELTS overall score with at least 5.5 in all four components or equivalent.
  • if a non-UK national, a copy of the information page of your passport
  • copies of any UK visas you previously held
  • information on how you intend to pay your fees.
Please note our application deadlines. Overseas applicants must submit their application 4.5 months prior to the proposed programme start date. For Home applicants the deadline is 2.5 months prior to the proposed programme start date. There are three possible start dates per year, 1 October, 1 January and 1 April.
Submitting your application
Complete your application and upload supporting documents to the Doctoral College by completing our online application form.
Questions on the application process?
We're here to help. Please contact the Doctoral College team and we'll be happy to assist you.
You can view or download our postgraduate research admissions policy.
If you have a disability and would like further information on the support available, please visit our Additional support for students with an impairment, health condition or disability website.
Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office
Find more information about how to apply for a research degree.

Biomedical sciences at Plymouth

This full time or part time doctoral programme is suitable for people who have a particular research question or topic in mind, and wish to explore this through independent study in order to produce an original contribution to the subject. If you aspire to a research career this is the most appropriate research degree to undertake.

You will be guided by a small supervisory team of academic experts under the direction of a Director of Studies.

You will be expected to fully engage with skills development and training and to present your research in a range of scholarly contexts.

Your PhD will be assessed via submission of either a written thesis (approximately 80,000 words), and a viva voce (an oral examination).

For full details of what doing a PhD entails at the University of Plymouth, please visit our postgraduate research degrees pages.

If you do not already have a masters degree, you may be interested in one of our masters level research degrees – for instance, our ResM in Biomedical Sciences (which enables a transfer directly into the PhD programme if you are making excellent progress), or else an MPhil degree. Further details about the University’s research degree awards.

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