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.
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
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.
RD2a Research degree application
RD3a Research degree academic needs analysis and induction checklist
RD3b Research degree supervision record
RD3c Research degree project approval
RD4a Research degree annual review
RD4b Research degree major review
RD5a Research degree intention to submit
RD5b Research degree examination arrangement
RD5c Research degree candidate declaration
RD6a Research degree change of supervision team
RD6b Research degree suspension of studies application
RD6c Research degree change of mode/award of study application
RD6d Research degree nominal registration application
RD6e Research degree extension to candidature application
RD6g Research degree withdrawal
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
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
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.
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.
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.