What will I learn?

MPhil/PhD Medical Studies

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 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!

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.

Which department am I in?

Peninsula Medical School

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
£17,170.00 (US$ 21,186) per year
Writing up fee: £505; Extension year: £6,840; Research carried out mainly overseas: £6,820; Resubmission fee: £500.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 October 2020, 1 January 2021, 1 April 2021


Plymouth University

Drake Circus,


PL4 8AA, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need a good (3.0 / 4.0 min GPA) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject from a regionally-accredited American university. Postgraduate programmes: ILETS 6.5 overall with Minimum component scores 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing).

For international students

You'll usually need a 2:1 degree from a UK University or equivalent or an academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 6 in each component test area) or equivalent if you are a non-UK applicant.

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There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

Two-thirds of the research conducted by the University of Plymouth is ranked as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

  • Short drive to Dartmoor National Park
  • The university has 139,000 alumni across 135 countries
  • Awarded TEF silver for teaching excellence
  • Double winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize