Research Degrees at Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

Find out everything you need to know about the range of postgraduate research degrees and current studentships offered by the Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The experience of postgraduate students is very positive based on feedback. Depending on study background and choice of programme, a degree with our faculty allows progression in a variety of career paths, including clinical practice, healthcare service, research in non-laboratory and laboratory environments. Information on our schools, including staff and ongoing research. 

The first step for potential applicants is to identify a potential research area of interest by browsing our faculty's research groups.


After a potential supervisor has been identified, in order to formally apply, please follow the instructions for applicants and enquirers.

Please note that applicants for research degree programmes at Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry for whom English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency with an academic IELTS score of 7.0 or above (with no less than 6.5 in any component test area).

Further information on our ResMs

In order to be awarded a ResM degree, candidates need to achieve a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 120 credits via taught modules, plus successful defence of a ResM thesis.  For those applicants interested in lab based or bioscience projects, the modules listed against MSc Biomedical Science would be of interest to you.

Applicants interested in clinical or education type projects can find modules of interest against programmes in the School of Medicine.

ResM students also have access to modules from other faculties, for example the School of Health Professions run a MClinRes Clinical Research with many modules of relevance.

A timetable of modules will be agreed between you and your supervisory team ahead of your start date.

The research component of a ResM includes execution of an extended research project. The ResM degree examination involves writing-up a thesis about the project undertaken and a viva voce (thesis defence examination).

Our team

  • Director of Postgraduate Education and Research
    Chair of Research Degrees Committee, Research Coordinator for Dental Studies
  • Lecturer in Neuroscience
    Research Coordinator for Medical Studies
  • Associate Professor (Reader) in Virology and Immunology
    Research Coordinator for Biomedical Sciences
  • Senior Research Administrator
    Medicine and Dentistry
  • Faculty Research Facilitator
    Funding Application Support
  • Doctoral Training Centre Administrator (Bioscience)
    Doctoral Training Centre Administrator, Biomedical Sciences
  • Administrator (DTC)
    Doctoral Training Centre Administrator, Biomedical Sciences