Department profile

Faculty of Science and Engineering

University of Plymouth
2019/20 edition

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About Faculty of Science and Engineering

Our Schools

At the heart of our teaching philosophy is the desire to give you programmes that are driven by research-informed teaching and are at the leading edge in their fields. We want you to be hands-on with as much of our equipment as possible, to develop skills as well as knowledge.

Professor Kevin Jones
Executive Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Our school is a friendly, creative and inspiring place to study. Including many internationally recognised experts, our staff are passionate about providing an innovative and inspiring learning experience.

Our subject areas:

Employers of our graduates include: Cisco, GCHQ, IBM, the Met Office and QinetiQ.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Robotics
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) accredited degrees.

Mathematical Sciences
Ranked 4th in the 2020 Guardian Mathematics University League Table.

Civil and Coastal Engineering
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) accredited degrees.

Mechanical, Marine and Materials Engineering
The University of Plymouth has been named eighth in the world – and best in the UK – for the quality and impact of its marine and ocean engineering research (ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019).

Navigation and Maritime Science
Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Merchant Navy Training Board, accredited degrees.

School of Biological and Marine Sciences

Achieve your ambitions by linking research to real world problems. Equip yourself with the skills you need to make a positive impact on the sustainability of our environment and society.

Dr Mairi Knight
Head of School

Our subject areas

Biological Sciences
Royal Society of Biology accredited degrees, with hands-on fieldwork both locally and around the world being a fundamental part of these degrees.

Marine Science
Benefit from the Marine Station - our landmark £5 million coastal teaching and research facility - housing a fleet of research vessels, equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for practical work.

Marine Biology
Benefit from field trips abroad, including: Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, France. Also take the opportunity to gain the HSE PRO SCUBA qualification.

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

All of our courses are professionally accredited and students graduating from them successfully are highly sought after by a wide range of employers. You will be taught by world-class academics who, through successes in research and teaching, are addressing the great societal challenges of the 21st Century. Why don’t you join us in making a real difference?

Professor Mark Anderson
Head of School

Our subject areas:

Royal Geographical Society accredited degrees, all with a choice of international field trip destinations.

Earth Sciences
Geological Society accredited degrees, with 100% of MGeol students were "satisfied with the quality of their course" (UNISTATS, 2019).

Environmental Science
Institution of Environmental Sciences accredited degrees, with Extensive UK and overseas fieldwork portfolio, including: Dartmoor National Park, Malaysia and Malta.

Degrees accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, with 95% of our BSc (Hons) Chemistry students saying that “staff are good at explaining things” (UNISTATS, 2019).