University profile

University of Plymouth

2018/19 edition

About University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth 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.

  • Rated as one of the top 30 universities in the 2016 Whatuni Student Choice Awards, the student experience is at the heart of what Plymouth does.
  • In the Times Higher Education Young Universities 2017, Plymouth ranked 3rd in the UK and 65th globally.
  • 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 percent of its research graded at three and four stars, as such, Plymouth retains its place in the Research Fortnight Power League top 50.

Location and 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.

Our campus facilities are first class, with recent additions including the Marine Station boasting wet labs and aquarium, and the 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. The Marine Station and The House are built to BREEAM Excellent standards (an environmental assessment method rating system for buildings).

Plymouth cares about its impact; with zero waste to landfill in 2015/16, Fairtrade University accreditation since 2009 and a Students’ Union that has been awarded NUS Green Impact ‘Excellence Outstanding’ status.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities


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 three schools:

Plymouth just isn’t like anywhere else, the culture is unique, the location is unparalleled and all of my lectures and support from the university have really helped to set me up to succeed in my journey as a graduate.

Georgia O’Carolan, MRes Art History

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:

Regardless of what you choose, the Plymouth faculty aims to deliver you excellent education and provide a supportive learning environment. Creativity and innovation are the fundamental aspects of the teaching at Plymouth, and they are evident in each and every step.

Mohammed Benhmid, MSc Business and Management

Faculty of Health and Human Science


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.

I would recommend studying at Plymouth because I have had a great experience and outcome. Plymouth is a very modern university which is constantly growing. It is an accepting community, open to worldly views, and looking into the future. There is a great atmosphere at the University and facilities are only ever improving.

Soraya Williams, MSc Biomedical Science graduate

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.

Plymouth has a great reputation for Geography and Marine Science and the city itself is situated in a fantastic location right by the sea. The pace of life in the south-west is also really friendly and laid-back.

Paul Murphy, MRes Applied Marine Science



58% of University of Plymouth staff are PhD qualified.

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.


Three people

We want you to come and join our vibrant community of postgraduate students and benefit from our innovative approach, world leading expertise, world-class facilities and close collaboration with employers. Studying a postgraduate programme with University of Plymouth 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.

Fees and Funding

Athena Swann

You may be eligible for one of the new government funded loans of up to £10,280 towards the cost of your masters degree. Visit our postgraduate tuition fee webpage for more information.

University of Plymouth alumni are eligible for a 10% fee reduction for many postgraduate taught programmes.

Find out more about postgraduate funding.

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.

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.

Postgraduate Open Evening 2018: 10 October 2018

Book now

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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+44 1752 585858
+44 (0)1752 588050
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