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Postgraduate research

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Plymouth Marjon University welcomes applications for postgraduate research students (MPhil & PGR) across four key research areas: education, sports & exercise, health & wellbeing and business & social science.

The first step in applying to undertake a postgraduate research degree at Marjon is to complete the RD1a Research Degree Enquiry. If there is scope to explore options for postgraduate research further one of our PGR Coordinators will contact you.

You can find details on entry requirements and the initial application process within Section 1 of the Handbook for Postgraduate Research Students below.

Postgraduate research fees and funding

Scholarship options, when available, will be advertised on this page. We are currently accepting applications from self or externally funded applications. Click for information on the Doctoral Loan scheme or contact the University's student finance department.

2020-21 MPhil and PhD programme fees:

  • £4,500 full-time and £2,560 part-time for home students 
  • £13,950 full-time and £7,950 part-time for international students

The writing-up fee is £350 for home students and £500 for international students.

Researcher dashboards

Our PGR student and supervisor dashboards provide all the information you need throughout your studies including: PGR milestones, the PGR Handbook, training and relevant forms and guidelines.

Postgraduate research coordinators

A Research & Knowledge Exchange Support Officer sits within the Research & Knowledge Exchange Office and will provide support and updates throughout the PGR application process and beyond. The Support Officer is supported by a PGR Coordinator for each of our four key research areas:

We have a wide range of PGR supervisors here at Marjon from a range of disciplines. The PGR Coordinator will work with applicants and staff to form an appropriate supervisor team to support your research. Our staff profile pages provide further information about all members of Marjon staff.

Key research areas

The University has four key areas of research: business & social science, sport & exercise, health & wellbeing and education.

Business and Social Science

This is an exciting and expanding research area of postgraduate research at Plymouth Marjon University.  Drawing on the practical and theoretical expertise of staff who are experts in their field and internationally renowned.  Business and social science covers a range of disciplines that may include, but is not limited to, business, sociology, criminology, economics, psychology, geography, international relations, social policy, law and many more.  This area of research recognises that interdisciplinarity is important for addressing some of today's most pressing issues.  These issues may include climate change, sustainability, social equality and environmental degradation and post-Covid recovery. If you have an idea for a research project please do get in touch.

Sport & exercise

This area produces research that advances knowledge of how physical activity, exercise, and sport are related to human performance, social inclusion and sustainability. Research of human performance requires consideration of the intrinsic and extrinsic factors which influence performance. These include the investigation of physiological, psychological and mechanical factors across training, recovery, injury repair and rehabilitation to facilitate better understanding of the fundamental principles underlying performance.

Health & wellbeing

Within the area of health and wellbeing, the University has particular and immediate strengths that will enable the advancement of knowledge and understanding through a supportive and vibrant environment. The research area is characterised by a density of individual researchers working in an exciting environment that includes a range of specialist facilities. The subject grouping is derived from a combination of Speech & Language Therapy (with an NHS-commissioned programme and patient referral clinics), Physical activity (clinics), mental health, musculoskeletal health, sports medicine, and regenerative medicine.


Research undertaken within education encompasses the full range of sectors of informal and formal education and addresses education pedagogy, policy, practice. Our researchers have developed innovation in education theory and methodology leading to equally innovative impacts on education pedagogy, policy and practice in early years, community, school, further, higher and career-long education at local, regional, national and international levels.

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Life at Marjon

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 is for the sole-use of full and part-time PGR students. The workspace is set-up as a hot-desk area, with PCs and a small meeting room. The workspace is one of the best in the University with outstanding views across our Quad, and access to The View for tea, coffee and washing up facilities.

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.

Live on-site

We have recently renovated The Oaks, an on-campus house specifically for the use of PGR students. Full details and costing can be found via our accommodation page.

A busy schedule of research events

The University is committed to supporting our researchers and offers a wide range of training events for postgraduate research students and staff. The Research & Knowledge Exchange Office is responsible for coordinating a programme of events which our postgraduate students are actively encouraged to attend and participate in.

Academy Lecture Series: high-profile speakers from a range of disciplines, open to the public.

Brown Bag Series: an opportunity for staff and students to share and discuss their research. A great opportunity for PGR students and early career researchers to build confidence within an informal setting.

Research Developer Series: a wide range of training workshops including support with bids, statistical workshops, life after PhD and much more.

Upcoming research events

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