Current research students

We've got lots of information to help you, whether you're just starting your research degree or have been with us for a while. 

Researcher Development Programme

Fancy learning a new skill, or brushing up on the ones you already have? Then check out the Researcher Development Programme. We offer a wide range of skills development courses suitable for everyone. And they're completely free if you're a University of Plymouth postgraduate research student (PGR) or member of staff.

Rules and regulations

For all the rules and regulations on research degrees, you will need to visit the university's Student regulations, policies and procedures page.


If you're unsure of your deadlines, or when your next supervisory session is due, you can check GradBook and easily see what's outstanding. Did you start on or after 1 January 2013? If so, then you can also use GradBook as an easy way to record meetings with your supervisors.

Module form

To sign up for any modules, complete and return the module form

Extenuating circumstances 

Please visit the extenuating circumstances page to find out what they are and what to do if you need to submit a claim.

Complaints and appeals

We hope you enjoy your time at the University of Plymouth and that it exceeds your expectations. If for some reason you'd like to complain or appeal, please visit complaints and appeals.

Policy on Postgraduate Research Students who Teach

Download the postgraduate teaching policy document.

Policy on the minimum resource requirements for Postgraduate Research students

Download the Resource Requirements policy document.

If you're unsure of anything, don’t forget to contact us at the Doctoral College on and we'll be happy to help.

Induction day for new research students

Come and learn more about your course, meet other new starters and staff from the Doctoral College.

The Doctoral College is hosting an induction session on 31 October 2019 for new postgraduate research students.

Find out more about the session

The Research Degrees Handbook

Guidance for research degree students, academic staff, examination teams and professional staff.

This handbook includes an introduction to the Doctoral College and the University's Code of Practice for research degrees, covering enrolment, supervision, key milestones and examination. It should be read in conjunction with University-wide academic regulations and the University student handbook.

Research Degrees Handbook 

Doctoral College newsletters

The Doctoral College produces a newsletter every six to eight weeks for postgraduate researchers and early career researchers on fixed-term contracts at the University. You can download them here.