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.

Faculty of Science and Engineering:

Biological and marine sciences

Project title: Can behavioural sciences help reduce land-based waste entering the oceans?

Duration: Three years (full time) 

Start date: 1 October 2017  

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 24 March 2017

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Geography, earth and environmental science

Project title: Emerging Contaminant Behaviour and Ecotoxicity in Aquatic Systems

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Development of IP25 and IPSO25 as organic geochemical proxies for Arctic and Antarctic sea ice

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Tracking the eruptive history of the most active volcano in the Eastern Caribbean: Soufriere, St Vincent

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Deciphering the signature of fluid/rock reaction in the lower oceanic crust: The Oman ophiolite analogue

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Origin and evolution of the Martian crust; Unravelling the mysteries of the brecciated Martian meteorites

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Environmental change and volcanism across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Star dunes: Dune and dunefield scale morphometry and aeolian dynamics

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Effective, sustainable, river restoration? Monitoring the dynamics of gravels added to upland rivers to offset aquatic habitat loss

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Outburst floods: their past and future role in shaping Iceland’s landscape

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Life and death in the deep biosphere

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: In situ measurement of trace elements in environmental samples by portable XRF

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Tracing the methane cycle in peats using bacteriohopanepolyols

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Middle to late Miocene palaeoceanography of the Indian Ocean using benthic foraminifera and geochemistry

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Tectonic and climatic controls on Quaternary fluvial landscape development in NW Africa

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Metal mine remediation – biogeochemical methods for acid mine drainage

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Project title: Microplastic pollution in catchment and river systems

Duration: Three years (full time)

Start date: 1 October

Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017

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Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

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

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 

There are no postgraduate research studentships available in the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry at this time. Please do check back regularly for future opportunities.

Santander scholarships

Applications for the 2016/2017 cycle are now closed - 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.

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