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    As a world-class institution and one of the top ten modern universities in the UK, Plymouth University has a huge range of courses and opportunities in a wide variety of study areas.

    The university puts your student experience at the heart of what they do and there are so many reasons why students love studying with Plymouth University.

    A truly innovative institution, striving for excellence in their teaching and research, employability is at the heart of Plymouth University's unique student experience. They have developed deep and lasting partnerships within industry for the mutual benefit of the university, the city, the region and the global economy.

    Award Winning

    The university recently leapt 22 places in the Times Higher Education world rankings (to 278th, their highest position yet), placing them among the top 40 universities in the UK and within the top three in the South West.

    Plymouth was also the first university in the world to receive the 'Social Enterprise Mark' for organisations that put people and planet first.

    Sustainability is embedded across all operations and the university was proud to have been named ‘Greenest UK University’ by the People and Planet Green League 2014.

    Excellence in teaching and research

    Plymouth students benefit from extremely high standards in teaching and world-class research as verified by independent assessment.

    As a measure of the professional standing as educators, Plymouth University has 18 National Teaching Fellows - a prestigious, UK-wide award that recognises outstanding learning and teaching in higher education. 48% of Plymouth academic staff are Higher Education Academy Fellows: the national average is 28%.

    Nearly two-thirds of Plymouth University’s research has been graded as world-leading or of international quality, according to the nationwide review of research standards across the higher education sector.
    From agriculture to art and design, clinical medicine to mathematics, earth sciences to education, the University improved its scores across the board in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

    Overall Plymouth had more than 63% of its research graded at three and four-stars – nearly double the score achieved in 2008, when the previous assessment exercise was conducted. It means the University retains its place in the Research Fortnight Power League top 50.

    For more information please visit their website.

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    "Plymouth University is located right in the city centre which means everything you need (shopping, socialising and recreational facilities), is a short walk away. There are a large number of students and with everything being within walking distance this creates a great student community. The facilities on campus are all very modern with some open 24 hours, such as the library and open access areas, which makes it easier to manage my time around socialising and having a part time job." Robert – BA (Hons) Business Studies


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    At a glance

    What you need to know about Plymouth University

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    79 out of 123 (The Complete University Guide 2015)
    68 out of 116 (The Guardian University League Table 2015)


    Visit the fees and funding page to find out exactly what you'll need to pay if you are a new undergraduate student beginning study in 2015.

    Green score:

    The number one ranked university in the People and Planet Green League 2014.
    Winner of three Green Gown Awards in 2014.

    Total students: 28,000

    International students: 8.3%

    Mature students: 28%

    Male to female student ratio: 47:53

    Student to staff ratio: 16:2

    Typical number of offers: 80-370

    Applicants per place: 5


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    University of Plymouth Students' Union website


    Open days at Plymouth University

    Plymouth University open days

    To book your place on the next open day please visit their website where you can register to attend.

    The next open day will take place on Wednesday 24th June 2015

    How to find it

    Plymouth University
    Student Recruitment and Admissions
    Drake Circus
    PL4 8AA

    For further information visit the website, or email: [email protected] or telephone on +44 (0)1752 58 58 58.

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