University of Plymouth: School of Art, Design and Architecture

Plymouth University
Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Postgraduate Study
Plymouth University is the 15th largest higher education institution in the UK with more than 23,000 students and an alumni community consisting of 135,000 graduates spanning over 130 countries.

An essential aspect of the University's lively and enterprising culture is our large community of postgraduate students who join and study with likeminded graduates from all over the world.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers a wide variety of taught and research-based postgraduate degrees, each one with a different emphasis. Some provide you with the essentials required to embark on a research career in academia or beyond, while others offer you career-boosting skills and expertise. 

Within the University, the faculty has substantial research excellence and an international reputation. This reputation spans wide and diverse disciplines including English, creative writing, history, education, contemporary arts practice, art theory and history, theatre, dance, performing arts and music, science and technology, digital arts, photography, art and technology, curatorial practice, architecture and environmental building.

With over 6,000 postgraduate and research students in the international partnership, the faculty offers far ranging interdisciplinary research expertise including two research institutes, the Arts Institute and the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO).

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2/3 of all Plymouth University research was ranked either world leading or internationally excellent and top 50 on the Research Fortnight Power List. 

In addition, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities has long been a national leader in the fostering of creative arts practice and the study of creativity, with students in these areas benefiting from our building of collegiate cohorts, interdisciplinary study, and ever-increasing international partnerships in countries including USA, China, Greece, Italy, Nepal, Jordan, and Ethiopia.

PhD students are embedded within the intellectual life of the University through tiers of research training. These include a support scheme of research trips, conference attendance, shadowships and mentorships. The University brings students from across a range of disciplines into the same room to study research methodologies. This takes place under the guidance of the University’s Graduate School which governs the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with a holistic view to monitoring progression and student training evolution.

On average the faculty sees 30 students completing their PhD each year.

Whether you choose a taught masters programme, or undertake a research degree or professional doctorate, you will be supported and supervised by staff who are international experts in their field. Their breadth and depth of knowledge means they are well placed to help you plan towards your future career and give advice based on genuine experience.

“A dancer becomes confident when they learn and practise their moves and steps. But through Contact Improvisation, I now have a different confidence - a confidence in myself. I know that I can walk into a room having discarded everything at the door.”
Abigail Jackson
MRes Dance graduate

Plymouth University itself sits on the idyllic South Devon coastline at the very centre of the city. One of the largest universities in the region, a growing international reputation is matched by some exciting campus developments.

With excellent national transport links, great shopping and culture, top sporting opportunities, pristine seas and south-coast sunshine, with Plymouth University you can live the lifestyle that only the South West peninsula can offer whilst studying at a top three UK modern university.

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Postgraduate Admissions
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