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PGR Handbook & Regulations

The PGR Handbook provides key information for MPhil & PhD students for all stages of your doctoral studies, from entry requirements, details on the key stages of the PGR life cycle and further guidance and support. Applicants and PGR students should review the handbook.

PGR Handbook (updated version will be added October 2019)

MPhil & PhD programmes undertaken at Plymouth Marjon University are accredited by the University of Chichester. Review the University of Chichester Higher Degree Regulations & Code of Practice for Research Candidature and Supervision.

PGR Life Cycle

There are key milestones which must be met throughout your doctoral degree. Further details on each of these milestones can be found within the PGR Handbook.

Summary of PGR Student Life Cycle (updated version will be added October 2019)

Track your progress

All postgraduate research students are required to keep a record of their progress. Use the research degree supervision record (RD3b) provided to record your supervisory meetings and any additional training completed.

Research Degree Supervision Record (RD3b) (updated version will be added October 2019)

Research Events & Training

All PGR students are actively encouraged to attend and participate in the wide range of research events taking place.

The Brown Bag and Research Developer Series have been formed specifically with the PGR students in mind. The Brown Bag series is an opportunity to present your research and gain feedback within an informal setting. All postgraduate students are encouraged to sign-up to present at one Brown Bag series each year. Our Research Developer Series includes a wide range of training workshops covering topics such as NVivo, 'surviving the Viva' and writing grant applications.

Visit our Research Events page for full details on all upcoming events


UEA Online Training Series

All PGR students have access to attend an online training series provided by the University of East Anglia. These sessions are filled on a first come first served basis across a number of universities. You should sign-up for your relevant sessions early to avoid disappointment.

See the UEA online training programme



The University holds an institutional subscription with Vitae, a training resource which includes valuable information for early career researchers. PGR students should register with Vitae (using your institutional email address) to access relevant training.


MRes sessions

As part of the Researcher Development Series, all PGR students are welcome to attend a range of MRes sessions.

See the MRes timetable and indicative content


Higher Education Academy Fellowship

All PGR students undertaking teaching will be invited to complete the first 30 credit module of the PG Certificate: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme, leading to HEA Associate Fellowship. If individuals satisfy the requirements and undertake a significant amount of teaching, they may also be able to complete the second 30 credit module and attain the PG Certificate and full Fellowship of the HEA.


PGR Development Budget

All PGR students are eligable to apply for support through the postgraduate research student development budget. This budget has been put in place to further support your development as a researcher.

PGR Student Development Budget Guidelines

Postgraduate Student Development Request Form

(updated versions will be added October 2019 - contact RKEO to request a copy)


Research Ethics

Plymouth Marjon University is committed to supporting and producing ethically sound research. Postgraduate research students should refer to the Research Ethics webpage for full details on completing and submitting ethics applications. Applictions should be completed with the guidance and support of your supervisory team. You should plan your research to allow sufficient time for the ethical review process to be completed.


PGR Documentation

The forms provided below are required at various stages throughout the PGR Life Cycle. Full details can be found within the PGR Handbook. Contact your supervisory team and the PGR Administrator for any queries when completing these forms.

(All PGR forms are currently under review and will be added October 2019. Please contact RKEO if you require access to any forms before this point)