Current research students

We've got lots of information to help you, whether you're just starting your research degree or have been with us for a while. 

Researcher Development Programme
Fancy learning a new skill, or brushing up on the ones you already have? Then check out the Researcher Development Programme. We offer a wide range of skills development courses suitable for everyone. And they're completely free if you're a University of Plymouth postgraduate research student (PGR) or member of staff.

Rules and regulations
For all the rules and regulations on research degrees, you will need to visit the university's Student regulations, policies and procedures page.

If you're unsure of your deadlines, or when your next supervisory session is due, you can check GradBook and easily see what's outstanding. Did you start on or after 1 January 2013? If so, then you can also use GradBook as an easy way to record meetings with your supervisors.

Module form
To sign up for any modules, complete and return the module form

Extenuating circumstances
Please visit the extenuating circumstances page to find out what they are and what to do if you need to submit a claim.

Submission of your thesis for examination
Submission of research degree thesis are done electronically via GradBook; a thesis submission link will be available for students who are within the submission of thesis registration period. It will still be possible to submit ‘non-traditional’ elements of theses (e.g. creative practice) in other forms; please liaise with your School PGR Coordinator and Doctoral College in these cases.

A TurnItIn report will also be a requirement to accompany the thesis submission. Further information on TurnItIn can be found in the PGR Students Moodle Page (University of Plymouth login required).

Complaints and appeals
We hope you enjoy your time at the University of Plymouth and that it exceeds your expectations. If for some reason you'd like to complain or appeal, please visit complaints and appeals.

Information for Student Representatives on the Doctoral College Board
Download the student representation on DCB guidelines.

Policy on Postgraduate Research Students who Teach
Download the postgraduate teaching policy document.

Policy on the minimum resource requirements for Postgraduate Research students
Download the Resource Requirements policy document.

If you're unsure of anything, don’t forget to contact us at the Doctoral College on and we'll be happy to help.

Induction for new research students

Come and learn more about your research degree, meet other new starters and staff from the Doctoral College.
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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.

Research Degrees Handbook

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Doctoral College newsletters

The Doctoral College produces a newsletter every six to eight weeks for postgraduate researchers and early career researchers on fixed-term contracts at the University. You can download them here.