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 £11,836.
  • You will be supported and supervised by staff who are international experts in their field.
  • Top 10 modern UK university (Times Higher Education rankings)
  • Top 25 globally, and 1st for marine teaching and research (Times Higher Education rankings)
  • Two thirds of our most recent submission to the Research Excellence Framework was rated as ‘world leading’ or of ‘international quality’
  • Top 25 for teaching quality and top 50 for students’ overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020)
  • Recently awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for pioneering research on microplastic pollution
  • Opportunity to change direction with one of our conversion programmes, allowing you to study a completely different subject area from your undergraduate degree.


You may be eligible for a government funded loan of up to £11,836 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 enables 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.
  • The Brain Research and Imaging Centre (BRIC) is the most advanced multi-modal brain imaging facility in the South West.


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

Our dedicated Careers & Employability Service offers free and impartial one-to-one careers information, advice and guidance throughout the year. All of our advisers are professionally qualified and experienced, and are able to offer a range of services. Visit our website to find out more.

Our Doctoral College operates across the entire University and offers a range of support specific for postgraduate research students including:

  • Access to scholarships, studentships and bursaries for research degrees, professional doctorates and taught masters programmes.
  • Professional skill development
  • Support from the Postgraduate Society through monthly exchange sessions.

Postgraduate Open Evening

19 October 2022
16:00 – 19:00

Our Postgraduate Open Evenings are designed to help you find out about our 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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