University profile

University of Plymouth

2019/20 edition

About University of Plymouth

The 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.

  • Rated as one of the top 25 ‘Universities of the Year’ in the 2018 Whatuni Student Choice Awards, the student experience is at the heart of what Plymouth does
  • In the Times Higher Education ‘Young Universities’ ranking 2018, Plymouth ranked second 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 latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 Plymouth overall 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, green spaces, transport and accommodation, plus the city’s main attractions including the Barbican harbour and the Hoe seafront. On campus you will find a 24-hour library, modern student accommodation and a lively Students’ Union bar.

Our campus facilities are first class, with recent additions including the Marine Station boasting wet labs and an 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.

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.

Arts and Humanities

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is 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 help increase your employability 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
Science engineering

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Study - Driven by our three core principles we’ll guide your studies in medicine, dentistry and biomedical science. If you are highly motivated and talented then join our programmes to become part of the next generation of doctors, dentists and biomedicine research scientists.

Research - Organised within the Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine overlapping with Healthcare Services and NHS partners, our research brings together world class strengths and trans-disciplinary collaboration through a “bench to bedside and back” research strategy.

Number one nationally for clinical medical research output, according the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014)

Medicine Dentistry


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 the University of Plymouth ensures that you will be equipped with the most relevant knowledge and skills to be competitive in the workplace.

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


You may be eligible for one of the new government funded loans of up to £10,609 towards the cost of your masters degree. Visit our postgraduate tuition fee webpage for more information.

Alumni loyalty reward for postgraduate study

The University applies a discretionary alumni reward where alumni meet certain criteria on particular postgraduate taught programmes.

  • A 20% discount on home/EU tuition fees or
  • A £2,000 discount on international tuition fees

PGCE programmes, Master of Architecture, MEng, ResM and postgraduate research degrees are not included in this reward.

See details about eligibility for this award or contact

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 support you during your studies and 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: 9 October 2019

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How to apply

For an application form and information on how to apply, see our postgraduate pages.

Contact details

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+44 1752 585858
+44 (0)1752 588050
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