Postgraduate study

Charles Randall, PGCE Primary graduate who now works at a local primary school teaching year three

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

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Why consider postgraduate study?

Enhance your employability
Masters degrees in the UK are highly regarded by employers.

Increase your earning potential
Graduate labour market statistics: 2017 reports that full-time employed, working-age postgraduates had an average salary of £39,000 in 2017, compared with £33,000 for working-age undergraduates (Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2017).

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.

Become the next expert
Work alongside academics, make contacts and network with experts in your field as you establish your own specialism.

Change direction
Conversion programmes offer you the chance to study a completely different subject area from your undergraduate degree or professional career

Visit our new postgraduate admissions and study zone

Our new postgraduate admissions and study zone is available for all of our students who would like to find out more about postgraduate taught study. 

Our expert Admissions Team are on hand to offer advice on our postgraduate courses and to assist you with the application process.

Please ask about our ‘automatic offer’ scheme for existing University of Plymouth undergraduate students – you may be eligible for an automatic offer without the need to make an application.

Postgraduate study can open many doors for you so please come along to our new zone to discover what opportunities are available for you!

  • Location: third floor, Charles Seale-Hayne Library
  • Time: Monday to Friday, 10:00–15:00 (term time only).

Campus tours

Unable to attend our next postgraduate open evening event? Not to worry, you can still visit us and get a feel for the campus and the city by booking onto one of our many campus tours on offer.

Find out more about our campus tours

Postgraduate loans

You may now be eligible for a government loan of over £10,000 to help towards the cost of your masters degree.

The loans will be 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 £10,906 was available from August 2019, please be aware the loan amount may change annually depending on when you start your course.

Postgraduate open evening

Get answers to your questions at our dedicated postgraduate open evening on campus. Meet our academic and professional support staff who are on hand to answer your questions and give you advice, guidance and information about our postgraduate research and taught 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.

Postgraduate blogs

Our postgraduate blogs give you an insight into what it is really like to be a postgraduate student at the University of Plymouth.

Meet our postgraduate bloggers

Postgraduate study at Plymouth

We offer a wide variety of taught and research-based postgraduate degrees, including taught masters programmes (such as MSc, MA, MRes), research masters programmes (such as ResM and MPhil) and doctoral opportunities (including PhD, MD and Professional Doctorates).