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PGR Handbook & Regulations

The PGR Student 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.

Handbook for Postgraduate Research Students

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.

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. This should be saved on your central student-supervisor OneDrive.

RD3b Research degree supervision record

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 

PGR Consumables Budget

The Research & Knowledge Exchange Office has a small budget to cover the cost of consumables that support the completion of PhD project outcomes, such as postage, data collation and equipment. You can make an application at three points through each academic year: 1 November, 1 March and 1 June.

PGR Student Consumables Bid Form

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 covering topics such as statistical analysis, ethics and quantitative research. The timetable and details for these sessions can be found via Learning Space. All PGR students are automatically enrolled on the relevent modules. Students are not required to complete the assessments for these modules. Please contact the PGR Administrator or module leader with any queries.


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.


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.