Postgraduate research studentships

Do you need funding for a research degree? 

We offer a wide variety of studentships throughout the year – simply take a look at the projects below to see which ones you'd like to apply for. Please check the advert carefully to ensure you are eligible and what funding and support are available.

Please see our University Research Studentship guidelines for information on our recruitment and admissions processes, as well as policy for studentship holders.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities 

There are no postgraduate research studentships available in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at this time. Please do check back regularly for future opportunities.

Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences


Comparison of Pseudophakic Vision and Lifestyle Changes using different IOL designs

Closing date: 3 December 2019

Start date: 1 January 2020

Mode of attendance: Full time

Further information on this studentship and how to apply

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School of Psychology

Project title: South West Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentship opportunities in Psychology

Start date: 1 October 2020

Closing date: 21 January 2020

Further information on these studentships and how to apply


Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Biological and Marine Sciences and School of Geography Earth and Environmental Sciences

Project title: ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentship opportunities

Start date: 1 October 2020

Closing date: 7 January 2020

Further information on these studentships and how to apply

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School of Geography Earth and Environmental Sciences

Project title: South West Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentship opportunities in Human Geography

Start date: 1 October 2020

Closing date: 21 January 2020

Further information on these studentships and how to apply


South West Doctoral Training Partnership funding roadshow:
6 November 2019

Explore postgraduate research funding opportunities in the Social Sciences.  

Come along to an informal networking event to explore the ESRC funding opportunities available for PhD studentships in human geography and psychology. Both applicants and supervisors are welcome to attend.

Visit the SWDTP funding roadshow webpage for further information.


The Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences (ARIES) Doctoral Training Partnership

Apply for a Natural Environmental Research Council funded PhD with the ARIES DTP. Applications are now open for studentships with an October 2020 start.

Find out more about the PhD opportunities

Funding from the South West Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of Plymouth provides research expertise for the SWDTP in the human geography and psychology discipline pathways. We have a wide range of opportunities for study in these pathways based within the relevant research centres and groups.

The closing date for applications for this current round is 12 noon Tuesday 21 January 2020, with studentships starting on 1 October 2020.

Find out more about the PhD opportunities

Postgraduate research degrees

Find out more about the research degrees we offer, our areas of expertise and supervision, details of tuition fees and loans, 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.

Explore the opportunities available to you