Faculty of Arts and Humanities postgraduate research degrees - ResM, MPhil, PhD

"The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is home to more than 220 postgraduate research (PGR) students working across a variety of base disciplines within departments recognised as world-leading for their research, impact, and environment, as evidenced in our various centres of PGR excellence: iDat, Cognovo, ICCMR, TransTech, TransArt. In addition to the critical humanities, Plymouth has long been a national leader in the fostering of creative arts practice and the study of creativity, with PGR students in these areas benefiting from our building of collegiate cohorts, interdisciplinary study, and ever-increasing international partnerships (in USA, China, Greece, Italy, Nepal, Jordan, and Ethiopia)."

Director of the Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Centre Professor Anthony Caleshu

Schools, Doctoral Training Centre, Arts Institute and Graduate School 

All research degrees students will be formally registered within one of our three schools, even those who work across disciplinary fields. Your ‘home’ school is usually based on the location of your Director of Studies.

The Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) has an overarching responsibility for the quality assurance, progression procedures and research training elements of the University’s postgraduate research provision in the arts and humanities. The DTC works with both the University’s Graduate School and School Graduate Committees to support your development as a researcher in as many ways as possible

PhD students are embedded within the intellectual life of the University through several tiers of research training, including:

  • the local discipline’s integration of students into research units (delivering subject specific training)
  • the Faculty of Arts and Humanities support scheme of research trips, conference attendance, shadowships and mentorships
  • the Faculty’s Doctoral Training Centre which brings students from across the range of disciplines into the same room to study research methodologies
  • the Arts Institute, which both offers a platform and enables students to prepare their research for external dissemination
  • the University’s Graduate School which governs our Faculty of Arts with a holistic view to monitoring progression and student training evolution.
On average, 30 students complete their PhDs within the Faculty each year.

Postgraduate research programmes

The DTC supports a range of postgraduate research, with schools offering ResM and MPhil / PhD routes in the following:

Key partnerships

We have a strong tradition of fostering partnerships, both nationally and internationally in support of postgraduate research. 

Offering everything from research training to research programmes, PhDs to conferences, studentships, seminars and more.

Other partnerships

Plymouth’s partnerships with other institutions of Higher Education (HEIs) and non-HEI organisations exist at local, regional, national, and international levels. Those select partnerships listed below are of special interest for the postgraduate research training they enable, both on the Plymouth campus, and also elsewhere where our students take up placements, residencies and exchanges:

  • IBM Smarter Planet
  • Fulldome UK
  • Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory
  • Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (London)
  • Plymouth Theatre Royal/TR2
  • North Devon Biosphere
  • Society for Arts and Technology (Montreal)T
  • Trans-Media Akademie (Dresden)
  • Plymouth City Council
  • Plymouth History Centre
  • Plymouth Art Centre

  • Plymouth Culture Board (CDA: the Cottonian Collection; Mayflower 400)
  • Devon Heritage Centre
  • Theatre Royal, Plymouth
  • Superfast Cornwall
  • Tate Collective London
  • The V&A
  • British Library
  • The National Archives
  • Britannia Naval College
  • Powderham Castle
  • Antony House
  • The National Maritime Museum
  • Skarhults Castle
  • World Heritage Cornish Mining Site
  • The Historic Preservation Program at Penn Design (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Sadler’s Wells
  • International Research Forum on Guided Tours, (Universities of Hulmstead and Gothenberg)
  • Ars Electronica
  • The Marina Abramovich Institute (Live Laboratory Symposium).