University profile

University of Plymouth

2021/22 edition

About University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth

The 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. Plymouth is a modern campus university ideally placed in the centre of Britain’s Ocean City.

Open Evening

9 March 2022
16:00 – 19:00

Our Postgraduate Open Evenings are designed to help you find out about our range of postgraduate and professional development opportunities.

Both academic and professional support staff from the University will be available to answer your questions and give you advice, guidance and information about our programmes.

Find out more about our next Postgraduate Open Evening.


Plymouth is affectionately known as Britain’s Ocean City. The vibrant waterfront and town centre are home to a wide range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, while other attractions include theatres, museums, an aquarium and lido – and of course, the spectacular views of Dartmoor just a short drive away.

Our campus is based right in the heart of the city, which means you’re never too far away from the action. Not only do we have the South West’s 2nd biggest pedestrianised shopping area, but we are also highly connected with bus and train routes around the country.

Having lived and studied in Cornwall for several years, I made the decision to do a postgraduate degree at the University of Plymouth. I found the choice very easy. The University is right next to the city centre, which is a nice size as you can pretty much walk everywhere.

Lisa MSc Digital and Social Media Marketing:


The campus has been redesigned and modernised to create improved study and leisure amenities, including:

  • Charles Seale-Hayne library with 24 hour access, 365 days a year.
  • Our world-class performing arts centre, The House, built to the very highest technical and sustainable specification.
  • The beautifully restored gardens of Drake’s Place, which serves as a hub for public events and activities.
  • Our Marine Building, which houses some of the most advanced marine testing facilities, including: deep-water wave tanks, a ship simulator, technical labs and a support space.
  • The new Derriford Research Facility, with hi-tech equipment which will accelerate our world-leading research.
  • The Brain Research and Imaging Centre (BRIC) is the most advanced multi-modal brain imaging facility in the South West.
  • And many more innovative improvements to our main campus are planned or underway.

Plymouth on Demand

We're excited to announce that we have added a collection of postgraduate virtual experiences to Plymouth On Demand - from tasters and tours, recorded Q&A sessions and information on funding and careers.

We hope these resources will give you an insight into postgraduate study at Plymouth and give you the opportunity to get your questions answered. Find out more, and even take a virtual tour by visiting our Plymouth on Demand webpages.


You may be eligible for a government funded loan of up to £11,836 towards the cost of your masters degree.

There are also a number of additional ways to fund postgraduate study at the University of Plymouth, including scholarships, studentships, and grants from charitable trusts. Details of these can be found on our general funding webpages.

I would recommend Plymouth for the high quality courses and teaching, academic support, and, of course, a beautiful combination of sea and moorland.

Emma BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare; MSc Zoo Conservation Biology

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.

Support for Postgraduate Students

Our dedicated Careers & Employability Service offers free and impartial one-to-one careers information, advice and guidance throughout the year. All of our advisers are professionally qualified and experienced, and are able to offer a range of services. Visit our website to find out more.

Whether you choose a taught masters programme or undertake a research degree or professional doctorate, you are supported by staff who are internationally recognised in their field. Their experience, expertise and professional networks help you plan your future career. Our postgraduate programmes – most of which can be studied full time or part time – comprise input from researchers, current practitioners, professional bodies, businesses and industry. This ensures our programmes are current, relevant and stimulating, and enables you to develop practical skills sought by employers.

Our Doctoral College operates across the entire University and offers a range of support specific for postgraduate students including:

  • Access to scholarships, studentships and bursaries for research degrees, professional doctorates and taught masters programmes.
  • Professional skill development
  • Support from the Postgraduate Society through monthly exchange sessions.

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 – MRes Art History

Find out more

Visit our Postgraduate webpages to find out all the latest information including our courses, fees and how to apply:

Contact details

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+44 1752 585858
+44 (0)1752 588050
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