University profile

Plymouth University

2016/17 edition

About Plymouth University

Plymouth University is a dynamic, ambitious and award-winning institution with a research-led culture that encourages innovative and creative ideas with the confidence to turn these into reality.

Ranked 37th in the Times Higher Education 100 under 50 world rankings and fourth in the UK, Plymouth is proud to be among the UK’s leading universities for ‘research that is recognised for its global significance and impact’. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) overall Plymouth had more than 63 per cent of its research graded at three and four stars – nearly double the score achieved in 2008, when the previous exercise was conducted. It means the University retains its place in the Research Fortnight Power League top 50.

Location & facilities

The campus is located in the city centre, allowing easy access to shops, restaurants, bars, transport and accommodation, plus the city’s main attractions including the Barbican harbour and the Hoe seafront. On campus you will find modern student accommodation, a 24-hour library and a lively Students’ Union bar.

Over £300 million of investment is ensuring that our campus facilities are first class, with recent additions including the £4.85 million Marine Station boasting wet labs and aquarium, and the £7 million new performing arts building, The House, with performance and rehearsal space, a box office to host commercial events and outstanding disability access to enable access to all areas of the lighting and rigging.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Student with camera

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities brings a community where we work hard for our students whether they are in the studio, a seminar room, or in co-curricular activities. We build a culture that has far reaching benefits that go beyond the faculty through the provision of creative learning. We consist of four schools:

Faculty of Business

In the Faculty of Business, we collaborate to compete at an international level meeting the University’s mission for advancing knowledge and transforming lives. Our teaching approach is research-led and designed to equip you with discipline specific and transferable skills. We will help increase your employability readiness so you are fully prepared to secure a graduate career, whilst following an ethos that reflects the University’s values throughout our schools:

Faculty of Health and Human Science

Study group

The three schools within the Faculty of Health and Human Science combine world-leading research and practical expertise across a wide range of scientific and practical disciplines. Our graduates progress to a huge variety of professions and we are one of the UK’s largest providers of graduates for the health and care sector.

Faulty of Science and Engineering

At the heart of our teaching philosophy is the desire to offer programmes that are driven by research-informed teaching and are the leading edge in their fields. We want you to have as much hands-on experience with as much of our equipment as possible, to develop skills as well as knowledge. We are lucky to have a location that supports our field-based programmes.


Students studying the environment

Talented, influential and forward-thinking staff and students: by becoming a postgraduate student with Plymouth University, your research will make you a member of a strong distinctive research culture, one that welcomes you to explore your ideas and to shape your future.

With nearly two-thirds of our research being graded as ‘world leading’ or ‘international quality’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), we have confirmed our position as a dynamic research institution with a commitment to excellence.


Two students in laboratory

We want you to come and join our vibrant community of postgraduate students and benefit from our innovative approach, world leading expertise, multi-million pound facilities and close collaboration with employers. Studying a postgraduate programme with Plymouth University ensures that you will be equipped with the most relevant knowledge and skills to be competitive in the workplace – 87% of our postgraduate students are employed within six months of completing their studies with us.

Our flexible postgraduate programmes can be studied full or part time and incorporate appropriate input from researchers, current practitioners, professional bodies, business and industry. This ensures our programmes are current, relevant and stimulating and serve to enable students to develop a wide range of practical skills sought by employers. These programmes provide flexible opportunities for learning vocational skills or setting the foundation for further research. Our Graduate School operates across the University, playing an important role in the development of the postgraduate community at Plymouth. It aims to provide a range of support for postgraduate education and students undertaking research degrees.

Fees and Funding

Deciding on studying a postgraduate programme is a big financial and personal investment. From scholarships to bank loans to grants from charitable trusts, you can fund your postgraduate study at Plymouth in a number of ways. We’re always on hand to help you make the most of your money before, during and after your time with us. For further details on our fees and funding, please visit our website.

International Students

Students from over 100 countries currently study with us, attracted to Plymouth by our reputation for teaching and research as well as the opportunity to experience one of the UK’s most beautiful regions. We will not only support you during your studies, but also before you arrive. For more information visit our international pages.

Visit Us

Embarking on a postgraduate programme is a major decision, and one for which you may need further advice and guidance in helping you to make your final choice. Why not come along and visit us at our Postgraduate and Professional Open Evening? Take this opportunity to have your questions answered or find out more about your subject of interest.

How to apply

For the application form and information on how to apply can be found on our postgraduate pages.

Contact details

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Postgraduate Admissions Office
Drake Circus
+44 (0)1752 585858
+44 (0)1752 588050