Deadline for applications: 28 March 2014
Plymouth University is pleased to announce that it will be awarding 2 full-time studentships in 2014/15 for applicants who wish to achieve a MRes (Master of Research) qualification in order to develop their research skills and to pursue practice-led research in the fields of digital art, digital design, digital media and digital performance (including dance, music, theatre, popular performance and live art).
These studentships cover all tuition fees and a stipend of £11500 for one year.
They are being offered in conjunction with the 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), an AHRC-funded partnership between Plymouth University, Falmouth University and the University of the West of England (UWE). The purpose of the 3D3 research masters studentships is to enable talented undergraduates and experienced artists and professionals to gain high quality interdisciplinary training to prepare them for doctoral study.
3D3 masters studentships are only open to UK and EU applicants who propose to undertake a practice-led research project in digital art, digital design, digital media or digital performance as a key element of their programme of study.
To be eligible, you must meet all of the criteria for, and apply to study full-time on, one of the following programmes, which begin in September 2014.
MRes Digital Art & Technology: http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/3008/pages/courseoverview.aspx] Contact Mike Blow: michael.blow@plymouth.ac.uk
MRes Computer Music: http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/4039/pages/courseoverview.aspx
Contact Prof Eduardo Miranda: eduardo.miranda@plymouth.ac.uk
MRes Dance : http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/3569/Pages/CourseOverview.aspx
Contact Dr Prarthana Purkayastha: prarthana.purkayastha@plymouth.ac.uk
MRes Theatre & Performance: http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/3570/pages/courseoverview.aspx] Contact Prof Roberta Mock: roberta.mock@plymouth.ac.uk
Each of these programmes focuses on research skills development and training via your own individual research project. This project is what you are being asked to describe in the ‘3D3 Research Masters Studentship Case for Support’ that you submit with your application (see ‘How to Apply’ section below). Please remember that this needs to be a practice-based digitally-inflected research project that you will complete during your programme of study.
You are strongly advised to discuss your application with the relevant programme leader named above.
It is not possible to defer entry if you are successful in the competition, although you may apply again next year.
Please note that although international students are not eligible for these 3D3 studentships, Plymouth University does offer a range of studentships for taught postgraduate programmes for excellent international applicants: https://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/money/support14-15/Pages/international.aspx
How to apply:
To be eligible for a 3D3 research masters studentship, you must apply to the programme of your choice above by 28 March 2014.
Follow the links on the individual course pages listed above for details of how to apply, including a downloadable application form. In box 1 of the form, please include your chosen programme of study, followed by ‘(3D3 Masters Studentship Competition)’.
In addition to following all of the application guidelines for the programme, your application must include an attachment titled ‘3D3 Research Masters Studentship Case for Support’. This document must include:

  • Your name and the name of the course you’ve applied for
  • The title of the individual research project that you propose to undertake within this course  (20 words maximum)
  • A proposal for a practice-led research project in digital art, digital media, digital design or digital performance that you will complete during your programme of study (500 words maximum)
  • A bibliography of 7-10 key sources for your proposed project
  • A personal statement that explains how and why you are prepared to undertake and successfully complete this research project, and how this particular programme of study will help you meet your future career goals as a researcher (500 words maximum)

Please submit this document in lieu of the ‘Additional Information/Personal Statement’ section of the postgraduate Application Form. In the box for Section 8 of the application form, please write ‘Please see the attached 3D3 Research Masters Studentship Case for Support’.
It is strongly recommended that students who have not previously studied with Plymouth University include a CV, a portfolio (or DVD or link to a website) that evidences their ability to undertake practice-as-research, and a recent sample of critical writing (max 3000 words), even if this has not been explicitly requested in the application guidelines for your chosen programme.
Please note that applicants will normally be expected to attend an interview with the programme leader (in person or by skype or telephone), as part of the application process within six weeks of the application deadline.
Students who are offered a place on the programme but not a studentship will have the opportunity to discuss the possibility of part-time, self-funded study.
Selection criteria:
Following short-listing processes by the individual eligible programmes of study listed above, studentships will be allocated by a panel that considers only the documents entitled ‘3D3 Research Masters Studentship Case for Support’ that have been submitted along with the application forms and using the following criteria:

  • The strength of your academic profile demonstrated through previous study and/or a body of practice. (Please note under AHRC criteria, candidates are normally expected to have gained, or to be expecting to graduate prior to taking up the studentship with an undergraduate degree, although an exception is possible).
  • The quality and viability of the individual proposal for a research project within the programme of study
  • The contribution that study on the chosen programme would make to the candidate’s intended research or professional career path.

We aim to inform all applicants of the outcome of the research masters studentship competition by the end of May 2014.
Please note that there is no guarantee of progression nor a direct link to the 3D3 doctoral studentship awards for successful candidates. Those students in receipt of masters studentships will still have to apply for a funded doctorate using a separate application form in future, leading to a further round of scrutiny and interviewing. The 3D3 CDT will be announcing its PhD studentship competition for 2014/15 on 28 February 2014 (please email artsresearch@plymouth.ac.uk if you’d like to receive notification by email).