Studying with us

We host students at a variety of levels, from voluntary undergraduate placements to formal postgraduate opportunities.

Our advanced training helps students:

  • expand their knowledge in their preferred area of science
  • develop their skills and techniques
  • progress their research projects in connection with their formal studies/qualifications and enhance a student's CV
  • provide networking opportunities for career enhancement

Studentship opportunities are advertised on our Vacancies page when available.

PhD student Andrea Harvey studying at PMLStudent story

Andrea is a PhD student working within Sea and Society on her project “The Value of a Healthy Marine Environment”. Funded by NERC, Andrea is working on her PhD in association with the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (part of the University of Exeter Medical School). Her supervisor at PML is Dr Caroline Hattam, an environmental economist.

Andrea is researching how the public perceive, use and value the marine environment for recreation, health and well-being in Cornwall. She is conducting a survey of members of the public in Cornwall, using a mixed methods approach involving the disciplines of economics and psychology.

“I studied Ocean Science at undergraduate level and attended a seminar given by PML’s Dr Carol Turley who spoke about ocean acidification and the work going on at PML. Intrigued by what I heard, I looked into the research conducted by PML and decided that if I was going to do a PhD at the end of my degree, I wanted it to be with PML. In the second year of my undergraduate degree, my dream PhD placement came up with PML but unfortunately, it was too early to apply. Luck was on my side though, as it was re-advertised the following year. I applied, and here I am half way through my PhD."

"One of the advantages of working at PML is that you have the opportunity to meet with your PML supervisor(s) on a regular basis, as they are on site to help with queries and guide you through the process. Additionally, there is a weekly seminar series in the Marine Matters Centre lecture theatre, where guest speakers from across the globe are invited to talk about areas of interest to PML scientists."

"As a PhD student at PML, you are given the opportunity to attend national and international conferences, as well as workshops, summer schools and other skills development courses. In my first year, I travelled to Maine in the US to present a poster at the Gordon Research Conference and Seminar on oceans and human health, as well as attending statistics courses in Glasgow and London. I have also been lucky enough to be invited by my supervisors to co-author a paper with them, as well as being nurtured into writing papers as a lead author."

"For an independent research institute, PML has a surprisingly large student cohort (comprising PhD students, as well as Masters and undergraduate students working on their projects with PML). With at least 15 PhD students working at PML, the PhD student cohort becomes another family which is great, particularly if you are new to Plymouth. There are regular student social events, as well as PML providing a sports and social club with activities throughout the year."