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 see how much funding you'll be eligible for.

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP)

Plymouth University joined the SWDTP in 2016 to provide research expertise in the human geography and psychology pathways.

We have a wide range of opportunities for research study in these pathways based in relevant research centres and groups.

Find out more and apply now for a 2017 studentship

Faculty of Science and Engineering:

Marine science and engineering


Project title: 
Identifying barriers to small-scale crustacean aquaculture in South Asia

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship commencing 1 April 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 31 January 2017

Further information on this studentship

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Project title: Assessing the sensitivity of marine invertebrates to climate change: an interdisciplinary approach

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship commencing 1 April 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 31 January 2017

Further information on this studentship

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Project title:  Integration of HF Radar data and laboratory experiments for wave energy

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 April 2017 

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 31 January 2017

Further information on this studentship

Geography, earth and environmental sciences

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) 
ESRC studentships available in human geography

Start date: 1 October 2017

Deadline for application: Thursday 2 February 2017 12:00 (UK time)

Further information on this studentship

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Project title: Ship smoke on the horizon? Determining the impact of aerosol trace elements from shipping emissions deposited into the North Atlantic Ocean.

Duration: Three and a half years (full time)

Start date: 1 October 2017

Deadline for application: 12 midnight (UK time) 8 January 2017

Further information on this studentship

Biological sciences

Project title: Evolutionary mechanisms of adaptation to variable environments

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 April 2017, must start by 1 October 2017 at the latest.  

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 17 February 2017

Further information on this studentship

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Project title: The role of circadian entrainment in rice blast disease

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 April 2017, must start by 1 October 2017 at the latest.  

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 17 February 2017

Further information on this studentship

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Project title: The welfare value of heightened exploration behaviour

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 April 2017, must start by 1 October 2017 at the latest. 

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 17 February 2017

Further information on this studentship

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Project title: Bringing back black bees: investigating the genomic and phenotypic basis of local adaptation in the black honey bee Apis mellifera mellifera

Duration: Four years (full time)

Start date: 1 October 2017 

Deadline for application: 4pm (UK time) on 8 February 2017

Further information on this studentship

Computing, Electronics and Maths

Project title: Developmental Collaborative Intelligence For Embodied Robotic agents (DeCIFER)

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship commencing 1 October 2017 

Deadline for application: 12 midnight (UK time) on 6 February 2017

Further information on this studentship

Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP)
ESRC studentships available in psychology

Start date: 1 October 2017

Deadline for application: Thursday 2 February 2017 12:00 (UK time)

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Project title: How can patients and students help sustain e-health innovation?

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 April 2017

Deadline for application: Monday 20 February 2017

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Project title: Digital technologies for health and wellbeing in Cornwall

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 April 2017

Deadline for application: Monday 20 February 2017

Further information on this studentship

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 Business 

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

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry 

Project title: Vasoactive intestinal peptide controls the inflammatory response after peripheral nerve injury

Start date: 1 October 2017

Deadline for applications: 12 noon Friday 3 February 2017

Further information on this studentship

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Project title: Methodological approaches for the use of longitudinal metabolomic profiles in childhood as biomarkers of long term health

Duration: 3 years full-time or 4 years part-time

Start date: 1 October 2017

Deadline for application: 12 noon Tuesday 31 January 2017

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Project title: Development of a new human skin equivalent system for studying the mechanism of skin aging and cancer

Duration: Three years (full time and part time)

Start date: 1 April 2017

Deadline for application: 12 noon Wednesday 11 January 2017

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Project title: Statistical learning on biomarker discovery for neurodegenerative diseases

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 April 2017

Deadline for application: 12 noon Wednesday 11 January 2017

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Project title: A realist evaluation of appraisal of doctors

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 April 2017

Deadline for application: 12 noon Wednesday 11 January 2017

Further information on this studentship

Santander scholarships

Applications for the 2016/2017 cycle are now open - undergraduate and postgraduate students, and in some cases staff, are welcome to apply.

Scholarships include funding for research projects, initiatives to promote volunteering and the development of employability skills.

Find out more about the scholarships