Birds eye view of a pristine lonely tropical Caribbean cay with white sand coral reef and coconut trees.

Why Plymouth?


At no other time in the history of mankind have the pressures on marine and terrestrial environments, ecosystems and communities been so acute: climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification, antibiotic resistant bacteria, food security, habitat destruction, marine plastics and coral bleaching to mention but a few! However, there are opportunities for us to mitigate these threats too, in the form of sustainable aquaculture, conservation of biodiversity in the wild and in zoos, developing marine protected areas, and driving the call for policy change on the environment and sustainability. In response to these environmental and biological needs, the School of Biological and Marine Sciences are proud to offer an exciting suite of postgraduate programmes focused on developing the next generation of highly skilled postgraduates required to confront these urgent global issues.

Postgraduate Programme Lead

What degree is right for me? 

We offer a range of taught and research masters programmes as well as the opportunity to undertake research to gain a doctoral degree. See below for details of the different types of degree and pathways for higher level study.

MSc: 1 year duration, 2 semesters of taught content (120 credits), dissertation (60 credits). Many of our MSc programmes include a work placement module.

MRes: 1 year duration, 1 semester of taught content (60 credits), followed by an expanded research dissertation (120 credits).

ResM: 12 – 18 months, 40 credits of taught modules (either semester) alongside an extended research project.

PhD: 3 – 4 years, no requirement to take taught modules in the majority of cases. The focus is on a major research project.

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