Postgraduate study

Alumnus loyalty reward for postgraduate study

Automatically awarded – no need to apply

The University applies a discretionary alumnus reward where alumni meet certain criteria on particular postgraduate taught courses.

  • A 20% discount on home tuition fees (10% for MSc Advanced Psychology, MSc Clinical Psychology, MSc/PgDip Psychology and MSc Occupational Therapy).
  • Or a £2,000 discount on international tuition fees.

If you have previously studied at the University of Plymouth or at one of our partner colleges, you may be entitled to our Alumnus discount to help towards the tuition fees of your Postgraduate Taught course. For further details, programme exclusions and contact information, please see our alumnus discount policy.

Why consider postgraduate study?

Enhance your employability

  • Masters degrees in the UK are highly regarded by employers
  • Postgraduate study will allow you to stand out in an increasingly competitive job market
  • You will be able to show an enhanced degree with further specialist knowledge
  • You will demonstrate a stronger determination to be an expert in your field

Increase your earning potential

Not only does postgraduate study enhance your employability, but it will also increase your earning potential. The Department for Education found that postgraduates earn more than undergraduates in all subject areas.

The Department for Education reports in the 2019 Graduate Labour Market Statistics that working-age postgraduates had an average salary of £42,000 in 2019, compared with £34,000 for working-age undergraduates (Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2019).

Progress in your current career

Increasing your specialist knowledge or reconciling your existing knowledge is a great way to improve your career opportunities.

Gain transferable skills

A masters degree gives you a greater understanding of valued workplace skills.

Develop expertise

Work alongside academics, make contacts and network with experts in your field as you establish your own specialism. Plymouth is committed to developing solutions to the planet’s most challenging issues. We are pioneering change, researching and shaping the implementation of regional, national and international policies. By studying a postgraduate degree with us, you too could become a Plymouth Pioneer.

Change direction

Postgraduate study is the perfect way for you to leap into a career change. We offer Conversion programmes which give you the chance to branch away from the subject you studied at undergraduate level or the professional career you have grown tired of. Join us and take your first step into a new career.

In 2018, our Careers Service offered more than 155 individual sessions designed to support research and inform career choices.

How to apply

Taught postgraduate degrees

Apply for a taught postgraduate degree

Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

+44 1752 585858 

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support we provide, please visit our disability, dyslexia and modified assessment advice.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office. For more information visit the advice for international students webpage or email

International students

Students from over 100 countries currently study with us, attracted to Plymouth by our reputation for teaching and research as well as the opportunity to experience one of the UK’s most beautiful regions.

Whether you are looking to study a postgraduate degree, take part in a summer school, study as part of an exchange or extend your academic studies with a research degree, we'll help you at every step of your journey – from making your application, to settling in during and after your studies.

We also offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study taught postgraduate degree programmes.

English language requirements for international students

Find out more information about the English language qualifications you'll need for entry to the University of Plymouth and UPIC.

Our English Language Centre offers a range of courses to help you develop your academic English language skills via pre-sessional courses and term-time workshops.

Postgraduate research degrees

Apply for postgraduate research degree

The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

+44 1752 587640

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by the University of Plymouth, please visit our disability, dyslexia and modified assessment advice.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office. For more information visit the advice for international students webpage or email

What postgraduate degrees are there?

Taught masters

  • MSc
  • MA
  • MRes

Research masters

  • ResM
  • MPhil

Doctoral opportunities

  • PhD
  • MD
  • Professional Doctorates

Funding options

Postgraduate Masters Loans (PGML)

You may now be eligible for a government loan of over £11,000* to help towards the cost of your masters degree. Loans are available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan 

*A loan of up to £11,222 was available from August 2020, and a loan of £11,570 will be available for courses starting in August 2021. Please be aware the loan amount may change annually depending on when you start your programme.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans (PGDL)

The government has announced the introduction of new doctoral loans worth up to £25,700 for new PhD students available from 2019/20. The loan can be spent on fees, study-related costs or to help cover living expenses.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan

How can you find out more?

Join us at a postgraduate evening for your chance to visit the University of Plymouth and find out about the range of postgraduate and professional development opportunities that are available to you. 

Postgraduate Plymouth on Demand is now live, offering a range of Q&A sessions with lecturers and programme leaders, designed to give you an insight into the different postgraduate programmes available to you.

Both academic and professional support staff from the University will be available to answer your questions and give you advice, guidance and information about our programmes.

A wide range of faculties, departments and services exhibit at the open evenings attended by our staff who will be ready to answer your questions on everything from financial support to our investment in facilities.

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Working with experts

Whether you choose a taught masters programme or undertake a research degree, you will be supported and supervised by staff who are international experts in their field. 

Their breadth and depth of knowledge mean they are well placed to help you plan towards your future career and give advice based on genuine experience.

A-Z of taught postgraduate programmes

“It’s true that for a lot of professions you could work your way into a position through other means, but having spoken to others working in the field, a masters can often get you there that much quicker, and help you to access a professional tier that it is hard to reach.”

Dan, MSc Planning

Read our postgraduate blogs

Still have questions?

We’ve compiled a helpful downloadable guide to the essential information you’ll need to know if you’re thinking of applying for a postgraduate programme.

Download postgraduate mini guide (PDF)