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Doctoral College

PhD students at Marjon come from across the university and engage in very diverse research projects. The Doctoral College provides support and development for students and their supervisors, and cultivates an inclusive and engaging interdisciplinary community of researchers.

Mature PHD Students

Welcome to the Plymouth Marjon University Doctoral College

The Marjon Doctoral College is dedicated to improving support for PhD students and advancing the research mission of the university. As a key part of Marjon’s commitment to research excellence, the doctoral college provides a range of services and resources to support the development of our PhD students.

What does the doctoral college do?

  • Offers a range of training and professional development opportunities for PhD students, including workshops, seminars, and funding for external training/ conferences 
  • Provides support and training for supervisors and a supervisor forum to share ideas and experiences
  • Connects PhD students with potential supervisors and offer support from outside the supervisory team through the PGR coordinators 
  • Facilitates collaboration and networking among PhD students and researchers across the university and beyond 

What subject can I do a PhD in?

Marjon offers PhDs across business, education, health, the social sciences and sport. We’re small which means we put your success at the heart of everything we do and you get the opportunity to focus on your research interests. You won’t find another research community as supportive as this one.  

Click here to find out more about PhD fees and funding.

Enquire about PhD study

Support for PGR students

Our PGR students are an integral part of the Plymouth Marjon University community and we provide the facilities and opportunities to fully support your studies.


All PGR students have access to the PGR Hub which was designed in consultation with postgraduate research students and is one of the best workspaces in the University. The PGR Hub comprises a quiet hotdesk workspace, an informal meeting area, kitchen facilities and lockers. The workspace is equipped with double and single-screen desktop computers and sit-stand desks. There is easy access to the library and The Quad.

PGR Development Budget

As part of our commitment to your studies, the University provides a post-graduate research student development budget to all PGR students. This budget covers a wide remit of professional research related knowledge and skills.

Click here to find out more about PhD life at Marjon from one of our current PGR students.


How does it support the aims of the university?

  • Helps to attract and retain top-quality PhD students and researchers to Plymouth Marjon University
  • Fosters a culture of research excellence and innovation on campus
  • Contributes to the university's reputation as a leading institution for research and scholarship
  • Supports the professional development of our PhD students and prepare them for successful careers in academia and beyond

Dean of the Doctoral College: Professor Debby Cotton 

Doctoral College administrator: Johanna Holford