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University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth is a high-quality, research-rich institution with a mission to advance knowledge and transform lives through specialist teaching. With a Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2018), our innovative learning environment is at the heart of our taught programmes. In 2018, Plymouth was listed both as a ‘Top 25 University’ in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards and as a top 2 UK modern university by the Times Higher Education 2018 ’Young University’ rankings. Two thirds of our most recent submission to the Research Excellence Framework was rated as ‘world leading’ or of ‘international quality’ (2014).


You may be eligible for a government funded loan of up to £10,609 towards the cost of your masters degree.

There are also a number of additional ways to fund postgraduate study at the University of Plymouth, including scholarships, studentships, and grants from charitable trusts. Details of these can be found on our general funding webpages.

Research and Taught Degrees

Plymouth's record demonstrates that we undertake world-leading research of global significance across the vast majority of our research areas. In addition to this, our students work alongside world-class experts. Our research degrees, which include ResM, MPhil, and PhD to name a few, can be studied full or part time.

A wide range of masters degree programmes are available, all of which reflect the disciplines of our academic experts. All programmes include training in research methods and generic skills, as well as a comprehensive body of subject-specific modules. Most are completed in 12 months (full time), although some part-time and distance learning modes are available.

Find out more about our programmes here

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Our research institutes 

Our research institutes fully reflect the University’s interdisciplinary approach, allowing for the nurturing of our diverse research strengths. They support and encourage collaborative activities, provide a first-class research environment for staff and students and help to showcase ground breaking work of high impact to key audiences and stakeholders on a global stage. To find out more about our institutes visit our webpages.


The campus has been redesigned and modernised to create improved study and leisure amenities, including:

  • Charles Seale-Hayne library with 24 hour access, 365 days a year.
  • Our world-class performing arts centre, The House, built to the very highest technical and sustainable specification.
  • The beautifully restored gardens of Drake’s Place, which serves as a hub for public events and activities.
  • Our Marine Building, which houses some of the most advanced marine testing facilities, including: deep-water wave tanks, a ship simulator, technical labs and a support space.
  • The new Derriford Research Facility, with hi-tech equipment which will accelerate our world-leading research.
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Our campus is based right in the heart of the city, which means you’re never too far away from the action. Not only do we have the South West’s 2nd biggest pedestrianised shopping area, but we also have a highly connected train station. Best of all, we can offer you the spectacular waterfront of Plymouth Sound, which stretches out across the renowned Plymouth Hoe and our historic Barbican. All of this is only a short walk from the campus.

Support for postgraduate students 

The Doctoral College operates across the entire University and has an executive role in assuring quality and due process for postgraduate research degrees. Its support includes:

  • The provision of good facilities for learning.
  • Access to scholarships, studentships and bursaries for research degrees, professional doctorates and taught masters programmes.
  • Opportunities for research students to develop professional skills through a free comprehensive programme of generic skills workshops and study days.
  • Assurance of the quality of our provision through codes of practice and feedback from research students.
  • Designated social space for postgraduates, should they want it.

Support from the Postgraduate Society through monthly exchange sessions.

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