Welcome to the Doctoral College
The Doctoral College works with staff and students across the entire University to ensure that our diverse community of postgraduate and postdoctoral early career researchers is offered the best possible experience.
Its primary purpose is to support excellence and employability across all stages of the researcher journey by facilitating and providing first class training and excellent supervision, cohort development, networking opportunities and mentoring. The Doctoral College acts as a centre of expertise in postgraduate research and is responsible for the quality assurance and enhancement of the University's
research degree programmes.
The Doctoral College aims to stimulate and facilitate a vibrant intellectual environment across and between disciplines for all research degrees candidates, as well as postdoctoral early career researchers, allowing each individual to reach their full potential.
It runs training sessions for
supervisors and examiners, University-level inductions for new students, as well as an established and successful Researcher development programme that includes a wide range of courses and sessions to help postgraduate and postdoctoral early career researchers develop and broaden their research and transferable skills. These are all free for research students and staff at the University.
Postgraduate research degrees
Find out more about the research degrees we offer, our areas of expertise and supervision, what studentships are available and how to apply.
You will join a vibrant, supportive and forward-thinking community, that is committed to meeting global challenges in creative and imaginative ways.
The Research Degrees Handbook
Guidance for research degree students, academic staff, examination teams and professional staff.
This handbook includes an introduction to the Doctoral College and the University's Code of Practice for research degrees, covering enrolment, supervision, key milestones and examination. It should be read in conjunction with University-wide academic regulations and the University student handbook.
Our Doctoral College team
Find out about the people who lead, manage and support postgraduate research at the University of Plymouth.
Postgraduate research support and Research degree admissions teams:
Telephone: +44 1752 587640
4th Floor Nancy Astor, 9:00–16:30 Monday to Thursday, and 9:00–16:00 on Fridays. Closed on bank holidays.
Researcher development team:
Telephone: +44 1752 587633
Room 013, 8 Kirkby Place, 9:00–16:30 Monday to Thursday, and 9:00–16:00 on Fridays. Closed on bank holidays.