Postgraduate research

Applying for PGR at Marjon

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


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.


The attached document provides a summary of the PGR application process (will be added September 2019).





Research Dashboards

  • PGR Student Dashboard - information for postgraduate students including the PGR Student Handbook, training programmes and useful forms.
  • PGR Supervisor Dashboard - information for supervisors including guidelines, training materials and regulations.

PhD Research Areas - Health

Life enhancing

Health and wellbeing research

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. This subject area seeks to undertake interdisciplinary research that is underpinned by innovative research in the field of health and wellbeing. 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. Interdisciplinary studies that develop the role of creative, digital, or technological intervention or communication vehicles in health and wellbeing are also of interet to the University.

List of Health & Wellbeing Research Supervisors


see supervisors

PhD Research Areas - Sport

Performance matters

Sports and exercise research

The subject area of Sport & Exercise Science produces research that advances knowledge of how physical activity, exercise, and sport are related to human performance, social inclusion and sustainability. However, while research advances across sport and health undoubtedly co-relate, they also progress on important and unique trajectories, leading to meaningful outcomes in individual areas of investigation. 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.

List of Sports & Exercise Research Supervisors

see supervisors

Understanding learning

Education research

Research undertaken by the group encompasses the full range of sectors of informal and formal education and addresses education pedagogy, policy, practice. The group has 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. A strength of the group is its inter-disciplinary approach, encompassing particular strengths in sociology and psychology, and its work across all areas of initial teacher education.

List of Education Research Supervisors


see supervisors