Masters study opportunities at University of Plymouth

Masters and Taught Courses in South West England

Why postgraduate study?

  • We have over 90 postgraduate programmes to choose from.
  • You may be eligible for a government postgraduate loan of up to £11,570.
  • You will be supported and supervised by staff who are international experts in their field.
  • Kick-start your career and earning potential.
  • Take advantage of professional networks to gain advice and help map out your future career.
  • Change direction with one of our conversion programmes, which allow you to study a completely different subject area.

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You may be eligible for a government funded loan of up to £11,570 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.

Study Options

Whether you choose a taught masters programme or undertake a research degree or professional doctorate, you are supported by staff who are internationally recognised in their field. Their experience, expertise and professional networks help you plan your future career. Our postgraduate programmes – most of which can be studied full time or part time – comprise input from researchers, current practitioners, professional bodies, businesses and industry. This ensures our programmes are current, relevant and stimulating, and enable you to develop practical skills sought by employers.

Taught Postgraduate Degrees

At the University of Plymouth we have a wide range of taught Masters programmes to choose from (MSc, MA, MRes). The University of Plymouth is a high-quality, teaching and research-rich institution with a mission to advance knowledge and transform lives. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings places us among the top 65 universities in the UK, and we have one of the highest number of Higher Education Teaching Fellows, reflecting the innovative learning environment at the heart of our taught programmes.



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.


Unlike many other universities, 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.

Postgraduate Open Evening – 13 October 2021 16:00 – 19:00

Our Postgraduate Open Evenings are designed to help you find out about the range of postgraduate and professional development opportunities. 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.

Find out more about our next Postgraduate Open Evening 


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