When you are ready to apply as a doctoral research student you should provide a proposal (maximum 500 words) describing the research you wish to undertake.  The proposal together with a detailed Curriculum Vitae should be sent to the I-Node of the Planetary Collegium by e-mail to


When considering a description of a research project, the following issues need to be addressed:


a) Context – this will explain the framework of your research to someone who has a general knowledge of your topic, but not specific knowledge of your research area.  It will also explain the hypothesis that your research is going to explore.

b) Method – this will explain how your research explores the hypothesis you described in the Introduction.  Where is the uncertainty (the ‘unknown’) in the research?


c) Outcome - this will explain what is the real contribution to new knowledge that you are seeking to provide with your research.


Please be aware that an application to undertake a research degree is processed very differently from an application to a taught graduate or postgraduate course.


We do not believe it is in the interests of either the applicant or ourselves to embark on such a major undertaking lightly.   Any application will therefore be considered initially by the I-Node Academic Committee, who will contact you if there are any obvious issues to be addressed.

If the proposal is within our field and meets our criteria we are likely to invite you for an interview, following which a decision will be made whether or not to recommend taking the proposal further and proceed with the Plymouth University application form.

Before you apply make sure you have all your supporting documents.


Documents required include:

• Evidence of qualifications (certificates or transcripts) to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements

• Evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language

• Two references

• A research proposal (the one that you had submitted at the first step)

• Visual evidence for art and design applicants

• Two passport photographs

• Curriculum Vitae or résumé.

• Proof of sponsorship, if applicable.


​If you receive a written offer and accept it, then you will enroll on an agreed date (either 1st January, 1st April or 1st October), from which time your work on the research degree will officially commence.  At enrolment you become liable for any fees and you are then able to use the facilities of the University (e.g. library, computing facilities).  You would then work with the Director of Studies and other member/s of the supervisory team.  The Director of Studies will be responsible for ensuring that the research student has a copy of the University Regulations for Research Degrees, Handbook and Student Log and for co-ordinating the process of induction, progression and transfer.

Research Students are enrolled for an MPhil/PhD degree.


• An MPhil is a piece of research through which you demonstrate that you are fully knowledgeable about your chosen field, but you do not need to demonstrate that you have made an original contribution to it. After your RDC2 approval, you can continue to PhD level.

• A PhD requires that you both demonstrate that you are fully knowledgeable about your chosen field and that you have made an original contribution to it.

​ For general information for Postgraduate Research with Plymouth University:


PhD Handbook


         Katerina Karoussos


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