Department profile

School of Engineering

University of Plymouth
2017/18 edition

About School of Engineering

The School of Engineering is a hub of innovation, investigating the global needs of engineering and providing our students with the best equipment to conduct their research – creating engineers that shape our future.

With our coastal location we are able to provide a teaching provision alongside the classic engineering disciplines and deliver courses that specialise in marine technology and coastal engineering. Our £19million on campus Marine Building allows you to test marine technology in a simulated environment and our ship simulators enable you to finesse your navigational skills from our city centre campus.

The school is composed of around 40 staff who are experienced industry professionals, providing you with expert tuition and the know-how that will ensure graduate success. Our graduates are eminently employable and command excellent salaries; you will be primed for a successful future.

Visit us on one of our open days to explore what the School of Engineering can offer you.



Our courses are externally accredited so our students can be assured that they are receiving quality tuition and developing skills that will set them up with exceptional future prospects.

  • Our Civil and Coastal Engineering courses are accredited by the professional bodies of the Engineering Council, including the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).

Find out more about our Civil and Coastal Engineering courses.

  • Our Mechanical, Marine and Materials Engineering courses are accredited by the Engineering Council and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Find out more about our Mechanical, Marine and Materials Engineering courses.

  • Our Navigation and Maritime Science courses are accredited by Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Merchant Navy Training Board.

Find out more about our Navigation and Maritime Science courses.



LABplus - an open access laboratory designed for you to enhance your practical field and laboratory skills

Marine Building - our £19m Marine Building is an unmatched facility where we can create waves more than one metre high

Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre - offering expert and specialist support to students, researchers, academics and industry

Marine Station – based on the shore of the Plymouth Sound the Marine Station houses our fleet of research vessels

Marine Navigation Centre - our Marine Navigation Centre simulator lets you take the helm and develop navigation skills

High Performance Computing (HPC) – this powerful resource helps answer complex questions in science, engineering and mathematics


Marine station, with research vessel Falcon Spirit coming into doc.

Breaking records, broadening knowledge

The School of Engineering’s research excellence is felt globally and the challenges we investigate come in many different forms.

In September 2016 a team of mechanical engineering staff and students from the school went to Death Valley in Nevada and broke the handcycle world speed record in an international competition.

Meanwhile, back in the British Isles, civil and coastal engineering academic Dr Alison Raby is the primary investigator for project STORMLAMP, an EPSRC funded research project which is investigating the structural behaviours of rock mounted lighthouses and how they cope with the constant force of the sea.

Our research group CAESI (Centre for Advanced Engineering Systems and Interactions) is currently developing responses to the growing interest of Autonomous Marine Systems and investing the human and environmental impacts of engineering – exploring issues of social inequality, environmental impacts and how we inspire and educate the next generation of engineers.

Our Marine/Ocean Engineering courses were ranked 8th out of 50 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, making us the highest ranked UK institution for this subject area.


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