Postgraduate research degrees

The University of Plymouth offers a range of postgraduate research degrees across all areas of our world-leading research – from digital art and dance to dentistry and geochemistry.

There are about 1,000 postgraduate researchers registered with the University, the majority of whom are located on the main campus. Others are based at our partnership ‘nodes’ around the world.

We are committed to diversity and equality and to supporting the development of all of our researchers – not just in order to successfully complete your degree programmes but to enter the world of work thereafter.

The University’s Doctoral College is the hub for all research degree processes – from enquiries and application processes to the award of degrees. It aims to stimulate and facilitate a vibrant intellectual environment across and between disciplines for postgraduate, as well as early career postdoctoral researchers, allowing each individual to reach their full potential.

We are also members of a number of doctoral training partnerships which offer exciting consortium-based training opportunities as well as funded studentships in certain areas. These include the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training as well as the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership, together with the Universities of Exeter, Bath, Bristol and UWE.

As a postgraduate research student, you will join a vibrant, supportive and forward-thinking community, that is committed to meeting global challenges in creative and imaginative ways. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us at to explore the opportunities available to you.

Professor Richard Yarwood
Director of the Doctoral College

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Postgraduate research areas

Find out more about the areas in which we supervise postgraduate research at both doctoral and masters levels.
Here we offer a flavour of potential topics for your own research project and who to contact to discuss your options.
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Postgraduate research studentships

Do you need funding for a research degree?
If you cannot fund your own PhD research project then please look at the advertised studentships as they become available throughout the year. Please check the advert carefully to ensure you are eligible and what funding and support are available.
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Postgraduate and professional open evenings

Visit Plymouth to find out about the range of postgraduate and professional development opportunities for you.
Academic and professional staff are available to answer your questions and give advice, guidance and information about our programmes and courses.
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Online enrolment for new and returning research students

Instructions on how to complete this important process, including the documents you will need to read or download:
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Postgraduate Research Coordinators

If you are thinking about becoming a postgraduate researcher at the University of Plymouth, you are welcome to contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinators in your field of interest.
They will discuss potential supervisors with you and answer any questions you might have about embarking on a research degree in their research area.
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