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 usually the most appropriate research degree to undertake.
Potential applicants should first identify a member of academic staff who may be a suitable supervisor, and contact them by email to discuss possible directions for a research proposal. The research proposal must be agreed by the supervisor before an application to study can be made. You must also ensure that appropriate funding
is in place, to cover both fees, and the cost of the research.
You will be guided by a small team of academic experts, led by your main supervisor (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, including seminars.
A PhD is assessed via submission of a written thesis 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
A relevant research skills module (following discussion with your supervisor), either
MAR513 Research Skills and Methods
BIO5131 Postgraduate Research Skills and Methods
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 Marine 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