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, Humanities and Business

Masters R&D Studentship 2020–21

This new initiative will pair highly skilled masters level students from across our faculty with local businesses in order to undertake a defined R&D challenge that will contribute to the development of a new product, process, service or experiential offering for the business and deliver an unprecedented learning experience for our students. The student will receive a scholarship of £3,000 towards their programme fees.

Find out more about the Innovative placements scheme

Faculty of Health

Three PhD Studentships within the School of Psychology 

Closing date: 4 December 2020 

Start date: 1 April 2021


Alleviating futile autophagosome synthesis (FAS) for neuroprotection 

Closing date: 1 February 2021 

Start date: 1 April 2021 


South West Doctoral Training Partnership studentship opportunities within the Psychology pathway 

Closing date: 19 January 2021 (12:00 noon UK time) 

Start date: 1 October 2021 (dependent on +3 or 1+3 route)


Chronic infection and neurological sequala: cell mechanisms and potential interventions

Closing date: 12 February 2021

Start date: 1 April 2021

Faculty of Science and Engineering

South West Doctoral Training Partnership studentship opportunities within the Human Geography pathway 

Closing date: 19 January 2021 (12:00 noon UK time) 

Start date: 1 October 2021 (dependent on +3 or 1+3 route)

Closing date: 25 January 2021 (12:00 noon UK time)

Start date: 1 October 2021 

Closing date: 25 January 2021 (12:00 noon UK time)

Start date: 1 October 2021

ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership opportunities October 2021

The ARIES (Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences) DTP is a NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership between the Universities of Plymouth, East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Royal Holloway University of London.

Find out more about ARIES PhD project opportunities starting October 2021

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