Peninsula Medical School

MD Medicine

Peninsula Medical School (PMS) is one of three schools within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Plymouth. By studying for an MD, MPhil, ResM, or PhD degree at PMS, you will be joining a dynamic research community of students, academics and staff that are doing their bit to tackle some of the greatest problems impacting science and society. We at PMS look forward to hearing from you!

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet the entry criteria for a Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry research degree which are:

  • you'll usually need a 2:1 degree from a UK University or equivalent
  • an academic IELTS score of 7 (with no less than 6.5 in each component test area) or equivalent if you are a non-UK applicant
  • two satisfactory academic references
  • evidence of funding for the duration of your course
  • be GMC registered.    

If you do not have a masters level qualification, we recommend you consider applying for one of our programmes.

For more general guidelines and application requirements, please visit the research degrees applicants page.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

Please visit tuition fees for postgraduate research for information about fees. MD Medicine is in Band 2 for fees purposes.

You are responsible for meeting all of the costs related to your own research project, beyond the resources available in the department.

Please visit our postgraduate research money matters page to find out more about issues related to fees, funding, loans and paying for your programme of study.


How to apply

The first step in the application process is for you to tell us about your area of interest so that we can help you identify potential main supervisor(s). You can identify potential research areas of interest by browsing our school’s research groups. Once we have recommended a potential supervisor, your application can be sent to them for consideration.

After a potential supervisor has been identified, in order to formally apply, please complete the online application form and ensure you upload the following documents:

  • a brief research proposal and personal statement
  • an up to date CV which includes dates with all gaps accounted for and the location of your activities
  • two academic references
  • a copy of your highest qualification certificate and final transcript of grades
  • information on how you meet our English language requirement, which is 7.0 academic IELTS overall score with at least 6.5 in each component test area.
  • if a non-UK national, a copy of the information page of your passport
  • copies of any UK visas you previously held
  • information on how you intend to pay your fees.

Please note our application deadlines. Overseas applicants must submit their application 4.5 months prior to the proposed programme start date. For Home/EU applicants the deadline is 2.5 months prior to the proposed programme start date. There are three possible start dates per year, 1 October, 1 January and 1 April.

Find more information about how to apply for a research degree.

Medicine at Plymouth 

This full time or part time doctoral programme is suitable for people who have a particular research question or topic in mind, and wish to explore this through independent study in order to produce an original contribution to the subject. If you aspire to a research career this is the most appropriate research degree to undertake. 

You will be guided by a small supervisory team of academic experts under the direction of a Director of Studies. Even if you already have a masters degree, you will be registered as an ‘MD’ candidate. 

You will be expected to fully engage with skills development and training and to present your research in a range of scholarly contexts.

Your MD will be assessed via submission of either a written thesis (approximately 80,000 words), and a viva voce (an oral examination).

For full details of what doing a MD entails at the University of Plymouth, please visit our postgraduate research degrees pages.