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Postgraduate Study with the University of Plymouth

Are you applying for Postgrad study at the University of Plymouth, or want to find out more?

We're here to give you a helping hand!

Here are some quick links for you to navigate:

Postgraduate homepage
Prospectus request
PG Open Evening
Course finder
Funding
Blogs

Get in touch here if you need some help, or just to let us know how excited you are about your offer!

And don't forget you could be entitled to a government loan of up to £11,570 for courses starting in September 2021! Plus if you've graduated from Plymouth or one of our partner colleges, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on postgraduate study. Check out our funding webpage for all the latest info!

Let us know if you have any questions :smile:
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Hi. I've got a place to study on the MSc Psychology in Sept. I'm taking the part-time route as I have young kids. Do you have any idea as to the earliest I can find out which days I will need to attend uni as I will need to secure a nursery place for one of my children? Thanks
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Hi Becky3105,

This would normally be able to find out at online enrolment which would be around the 15th-16th August. If you have any further questions regarding your programme our Admissions team will be able to assist you -

Tel - 01752 585858 or
Email - [email protected]

Hope this is of help!

-Matt, University of Plymouth Student Rep
Original post by Becky3105
Hi. I've got a place to study on the MSc Psychology in Sept. I'm taking the part-time route as I have young kids. Do you have any idea as to the earliest I can find out which days I will need to attend uni as I will need to secure a nursery place for one of my children? Thanks
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Hi everyone!

I just wanted to drop in to see if we can answer any questions you may have about postgrad study!

Questions about courses? Funding? Part-time jobs? Or anything to do with postgrad study? Get in touch! We'd be more than happy to answer any questions you have! :h:

If you want to know more, some of our postgrad students will be in the SU on Wednesday 26 Feb and Wednesday 4 March, from 11am - 2pm. Come and ask them questions! We also have our Postgraduate Open Evening on Wednesday 4 March, 4pm - 7pm in Rolle Marquee. https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/open-days/postgraduate-open-evening

Get in touch! We'd love to hear from you!

~ Catherine, University of Plymouth
Hi everyone, I’m Yasmin, a current student studying a Masters of Research (MRes) in Marine Biology (molecular and cellular route). I’m here to answer any questions that you have about postgraduate studies at the University of Plymouth.

As a current student I can be completely honest with you about the application process (as I have already been through it), life in Plymouth, accommodation and much more. Feel free to drop a message in the comments under the threads in the postgrad section and I will get back to you asap!

Good luck with any upcoming coursework and exams, I’m sure you’re going to smash it! The key is to try and stay motivated and be focused (if you want any tips for staying motivated I’m happy to help and give advice).

Speak soon,
Yasmin
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Good morning,I have accepted the MRes Marine Biology at UoP. I wanted to know, is there a deposit and cooling off period? I see on the website that there is a deposit that international students have to pay for their UG. I can details of how fees are paid for MRes but I can't see anything about a deposit.Thank you
Original post by wahajmb
Good morning,I have accepted the MRes Marine Biology at UoP. I wanted to know, is there a deposit and cooling off period? I see on the website that there is a deposit that international students have to pay for their UG. I can details of how fees are paid for MRes but I can't see anything about a deposit.Thank you

Hi @wahajmb,

Congratulations on getting accepted onto the MRes Marine Biology course, you're going to LOVE it!!

Are you a UK resident or an international student? From my experience, I don't remember paying a deposit for the course as I had to wait for my postgraduate loan to arrive before I could pay any course fees, and with that, you get certain deadlines for when to make the course fee payments by. I remember I paid a deposit for my accommodation though, are you from a local area or will you need accommodation too as that will most likely require a deposit?

I will double-check with the course admins/finance team to see whether you need to make a deposit and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

Hope this helps!

Yasmin ~ University of Plymouth Postgraduate Course Rep
Original post by wahajmb
Good morning,I have accepted the MRes Marine Biology at UoP. I wanted to know, is there a deposit and cooling off period? I see on the website that there is a deposit that international students have to pay for their UG. I can details of how fees are paid for MRes but I can't see anything about a deposit.Thank you


Hi @wahajmb,

I am sorry for the delayed response, I have only just heard back from the University. The university has stated that international students do have to pay a deposit so if you are an international student then they have advised that you call them directly on 01752 585858 or email on [email protected] to discuss the process of paying the deposit for the course.

I hope this helps! :smile:

Best wishes,
Yasmin ~ University of Plymouth Postgraduate Rep
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Original post by University of Plymouth Postgraduate Student Rep
Hi everyone, I’m Yasmin, a current student studying a Masters of Research (MRes) in Marine Biology (molecular and cellular route). I’m here to answer any questions that you have about postgraduate studies at the University of Plymouth.

As a current student I can be completely honest with you about the application process (as I have already been through it), life in Plymouth, accommodation and much more. Feel free to drop a message in the comments under the threads in the postgrad section and I will get back to you asap!

Good luck with any upcoming coursework and exams, I’m sure you’re going to smash it! The key is to try and stay motivated and be focused (if you want any tips for staying motivated I’m happy to help and give advice).

Speak soon,
Yasmin


Hi,

I'm thinking about doing a Marine Science MSc but I'm really worried about finding a job afterwards because I'm aware it's quite competitive and there aren't many jobs.

Do you know anyone who has done this course or is doing this course currently and how they are finding the job hunt or what they ended up doing?

Also as far as internships go.. what are the options in Plymouth?
Is it difficult to get a placement at the aquarium or they very selective and take people with the highest grades?

It would be really helpful to hear your opinions to gain some insight. Hope it's not too many questions :smile:
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Hi,

I'm thinking about doing a Marine Science MSc but I'm really worried about finding a job afterwards because I'm aware it's quite competitive and there aren't many jobs.

Do you know anyone who has done this course or is doing this course currently and how they are finding the job hunt or what they ended up doing?

Also as far as internships go.. what are the options in Plymouth?
Is it difficult to get a placement at the aquarium or they very selective and take people with the highest grades?

It would be really helpful to hear your opinions to gain some insight. Hope it's not too many questions :smile:

Hi @Rhizome,

It's great to hear that you want to study an MSc in Marine Biology with us. I actually felt exactly the same thinking about the difficulty of getting a job after doing my course (the MRes), but I realised that as marine biology is such a huge field, it really depends on what aspect you are interested in and what kind of job you see yourself doing in the future. There are jobs out there, and while they can be competitive, someone has to get them! If you are extremely passionate about the subject and show you're hard-working then it's definitely possible to secure a job after the course.

I don't know anyone on the MSc but I am happy to ask around and find out what kind of jobs they are applying for!

There are a range of internship opportunities at Plymouth and the University are great at helping you find something, you are able to book a meeting with the Careers Team and they can help on your journey. I am uncertain about the difficulty in getting a placement at the aquarium, but during freshers week there is usually a stand set up with representatives from the aquarium and if you sign up they take on volunteers, so you could always gain experience by helping out on a weekly basis. I think that while grades do play a part in some jobs/internships, passion and experience stand out, and in the field of marine biology sometimes you have to volunteer to gain that experience. Other opportunities can be found at the Marine Biological Association and Plymouth Marine Laboratory which are great networking hubs that are right by the seafront.

At Plymouth University you can sign up for the "Professional Mentoring Programme" where you are placed with someone from industry and they can help you look for opportunities and with things like CV writing. If you get on this programme you can specify the types of industry you'd like to get a mentor from and there are usually lots of companies willing to provide a mentor! Again, this is another fantastic opportunity to network and meet people in your field.

Having a masters degree will definitely put you at a competitive advantage to others with just an undergraduate degree (of course this is also dependent on other factors such as experience). By doing a masters course you will expand your skill-set and there are definitely opportunities to volunteer/intern to gain practical experience.

I hope this helps and gives you an insight into studying marine biology at Plymouth and the various opportunities available. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Good luck.
Yasmin ~ University of Plymouth Postgraduate Student Rep
Hey guys,

It’s about a month until you all start your postgraduate degrees!! As time is flying by I thought I’d ask whether anyone has any questions about postgraduate life, whether it be about accommodation, coursework, things to do in the area? I’m here to answer pretty much anything about postgrad life, so hit me up!

You may also want to work part-time during your course, which is definitely do-able, so let me know if you need any advice about that! I’d highly recommend becoming one of the Student Ambassadors at the University (this is what I do) as the hours are really flexible. I have attached the link here for you to have a look and familiarise yourself with the role as applications open in October https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/your-studies/academic-services/careers-and-employability/student-jobs/student-ambassadors

Yasmin ~ University of Plymouth Postgraduate Student Rep
Hey! :smile:

Are you interested in applying for postgraduate studies at the University of Plymouth for 2021?! I am your Postgrad Rep and I am here to tell you all about grad life. I have almost completed my Master of Research (MRes) degree in Marine Biology and I can give you advice about accommodation, the course, library resources, part-time work and so much more.

If you want to learn more about postgraduate studies and whether it is right for you, you should look into attending the virtual postgraduate open evening which will be on 7th October 16:00 - 19:00 -> https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/open-days/postgraduate-open-evening

Let me know if you have any questions!!

Yasmin - University of Plymouth Postgraduate Student Rep
Postgraduate degrees - Do's and Don'ts

Deciding whether a postgrad degree is the best option for you can be challenging, especially if there are lots of options available! Here's a list of some of my do's and don'ts when it comes down to choosing a postgraduate degree.

Disclaimer: everyone will have their own opinions and only you know what’s best for yourself so these are just some guidelines which you can use.

Do's
- Look at the course content!! This is such an important one. The course is probably going to be intense (not to scare you) but you need to choose something you know you will enjoy
- Identify if there are any specialists in your field that lecture/could be a potential supervisor that share a similar interest with you. You can always email them before applying to get a feel for their teaching and learn about previous students work
- Search for funding opportunities! Postgrad courses can be pricey so it can be a bonus if you can secure additional funding
- Attend open/applicant days. This is key!! It really helps to give you an idea about the environment you’ll be in and what to expect with the course
- Talk to past students

Don'ts
- Don’t rush your decision, take your time and make sure this is something you want to do, especially because there’s a lot of self-driven studies and therefore you’ll need to be motivated
- Underestimate the workload!! Sometimes it’s easy to assume a Master's will be less work/ stressful because you may already have decent background knowledge of the field (don’t worry if you don’t) but it’s important to go into the postgrad degree with an open mind and willingness to learn! It will defo help
- Leave the application until the last minute! I did this and it made me stress out sooo much! Luckily I got a place, but some courses work on a first-come, first-serve basis, so check the deadlines

Good luck and let me know if I can help with your decision!

Yasmin ~ University of Plymouth Postgraduate Student Rep
Hey everyone!

Are you considering a masters but still wondering if postgraduate study is right for you? Make sure you check out our Virtual Postgrad Open Evening on Wednesday 3 March 2021 so you can find out how to kick-start your career and increase your earning potential!

Make sure to register your place!

Take this opportunity to speak to staff across the University and get your questions answered or find out more about your subject of interest.

We'll have a range of live talks and drop-in sessions, as well as plenty of on-demand content so you can ensure you're getting all the info you need if you're considering a masters degree.


Did you know?
- You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,570. Find out more about funding.
- You can choose from over 90 postgrad programmes with the University of Plymouth
- You can even study a completely different subject area with one of our conversion courses!
- Working age postgraduates had an average salary of £42k compared with £34k for working age undergrads according to the 2019 Graduate Labour Market Statistics.

Once you register for the event, we will be in touch to let you know how to join us virtually.

Don't miss out!

Book your place now: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/open-days/postgraduate-open-evening


Luke - University of Plymouth
Hi, I am 18 and will start MPsych (Hons) Advanced Psychology this September 2021. When I apply for student finance, will I have to apply for the master's loan or the undergraduate loan? Or do I have to apply for the undergraduate for 3 years then the master loan for my final year? Thank you!
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Hi, I am 18 and will start MPsych (Hons) Advanced Psychology this September 2021. When I apply for student finance, will I have to apply for the master's loan or the undergraduate loan? Or do I have to apply for the undergraduate for 3 years then the master loan for my final year? Thank you!

Hi!

This is really exciting! Hope you're looking forward to starting. :smile:

I would recommend having a chat with our finance team. You can ask to chat with them through our Support Services contact details: [email protected] 01752 587676.

Hope this helps. If you have any other questions, just pop us a message.

~ Catherine, University of Plymouth
Hi everyone,

I am a current a MSc. Cyber Security student at University of Plymouth and here as a representative to answer all your queries regarding postgraduate studies. Please contact me in any way you feel comfortable to have a chat about any and all postgraduate course you are looking at. I may be able to help you find specific pieces of information not easily visible on the program pages.

To help in your decisions I will be compiling lists and description of various facilities, activities, societies, accommodations, etc. available to you as postgraduate students. Please keep an eye on this space for detailed information coming very soon.

Furthermore, as an international student I can provide advise drawn from experience if you are considering postgraduate studies from abroad.

Again, reply to this thread or shoot a DM and I will help in any way I can.

In the meantime, please do consider joining us for the virtual postgraduate open day on 3rd of March 2021, for some talks about programs, finances, Q/A sessions and more. >> https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/open-days/postgraduate-open-evening.

Best Wishes,
Shashwat University of Plymouth, Postgraduate Student Rep. :smile:
Hello everyone, as promised, here is a quick take about the current teaching mode in University of Plymouth.

This year has been tough on all of us, but I would like to point out how the university has been teaching through this. I will be honest, online classes does not sound convincing considering the quality of teaching expected at this level, but University of Plymouth’s implementation combining services such as zoom, and Microsoft teams allows for a seamless experience not too far from face-to-face learning. The lecturers understand that the situation is not ideal and do try their best to make classes as interactive as possible. Also, remote access to lab computers is a great tool for all practical courses. This removes the requirement for students to spend on powerful computers for some specific software.

Course assessments I found to be very well thought out and adapted to online learning. Increasing emphasis on coursework rather than examinations works very well for us students studying online. My course is 100% assessed through coursework with zero invigilated examinations. This information went way more than I would like to admit towards finally making Plymouth my firm choice. This will be specified on the program handbook available on the course webpage, do have a look if you are considering applying for a course.

I believe that we are at the tail end of the restrictions, things will only get better going forward. Feel free to contact me any way you feel comfortable if you have any queries at all.

Best Wishes,
Shashwat University of Plymouth, Postgraduate Student Rep.
Hey Everyone :smile:

We hope you enjoyed the Virtual Postgrad Open Evening yesterday if you managed to attend!

If you didn't get a chance to join us, then don't worry because we have got an amazing collection of postgraduate virtual experiences ready to view at Plymouth On Demand - from tasters and tours, recorded Q&A sessions and information on funding and careers, there's everything you need to know about postgrad study and student life.

Even though we haven't been able to welcome you to our campus in person at the moment, we hope these resources will give you an insight into postgraduate study at Plymouth and give you the opportunity to get your questions answered.

We're also looking forward to the opportunity to resume hosting on-campus events for you soon.

Find out more by visiting our Plymouth on Demand webpages today!

Luke - University of Plymouth
Hey everyone, hope you are all having a wonderful time. :smile:

Anyone considering postgraduate studies are cordially invited to the Virtual postgraduate opportunities week, running from Tuesday, 4 May to Friday, 7 May 2021.

Take this opportunity to speak to staff across the University and get your questions answered or find out more about your subject of interest.

This is a Q&A session where you can interact with members of staff about specific courses, career opportunities, accommodation, degree apprenticeships and more. Do take advantage of this event in order to make more informed choices about your course or university selection.

Hope to see you there.

Best Wishes,
Shashwat University of Plymouth, Postgraduate Student Rep.

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