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 Plymouth is affectionately known as Britain’s Ocean City, owing to its rich maritime history, beautiful beaches and one of the best natural harbours in Europe. Its vibrant waterfront and city centre are home to a wide range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, while other attractions include theatres, museums, an aquarium and lido. Study at Plymouth’s city-centre campus and you’ll be placed right in the heart of the action.

Course Facilities:

There is a range of study environments around campus, as well as all the specialised course resources you will need to carry out research. Our campus is ever evolving, with the latest transformations housing some of the most technologically advanced equipment in the institution for engineering and a whole new inter-professional clinical skills facility for the University’s allied health professions.

We have a dedication to continuous development on campus with recent investments across a range of fields, including:

  • Brain Research and Imaging Centre (BRIC) - enhancing the quality of our research in human neuroscience
  • Digital Fabrication Lab – supporting academic development in architecture, design and engineering
  • Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC) - offering expert and specialist support in image analysis and processing

At Plymouth, you will learn from experts who focus on experiential learning: in addition to theoretical learning, they will immerse you in real-world problem solving and hands-on practical work. Our partnerships provide valuable placement and work-based learning experiences, keeping students at the forefront of their field.

Even if you’re not sure what you want to do with your life yet, university is a great place to figure out what you’re good at, where your passions lie and what career is waiting for you. Our Careers & Employability Service offers free and impartial one-to-one careers information, advice and guidance throughout your degree and beyond. All of our advisers are professionally qualified and experienced.

We offer a range of virtual activities from:

  • Skills development webinars and employer sessions
  • Online resources you can access 24/7
  • One-to-one appointments through phone or Zoom
  • Jobs board advertising the latest part time, placement and graduate vacancies.

Student Union:

When you enrol as a student at the University of Plymouth, you also become a member of your Students' Union and their aim is to help you make your time in Plymouth the best it can possibly be.

The main focus of UPSU is to support the wellbeing of every student studying with the University. We want to make sure you have a successful, fulfilling and rewarding time both at university and in the future. We do this through helping you: to be empowered, learn and grow; be socially fulfilled; feel more financially secure; and know you are supported and cared for.

A huge part of going to university is the social scene. Our student population is a diverse community of individuals, coming from many different walks of life, each with passions and needs but brought together and connected by one institution. Whether you’re into parties or pilates, basketball or books, Disney or drawing, you’ll find your people here. And you’ll enjoy the time of your life!

Visit the UPSU website for all the latest information.


From an on-campus gym to a great selection of sports clubs and events, we are proud to offer a wide range of opportunities to get involved in sport and activity, exploring new and exciting places, developing personal skills, celebrating sporting achievements, developing a sense of pride in your community and a chance to develop friendships for life.

Welfare and support:

Student support is – and always has been – so important to us. But now more than ever it’s our top priority.

The Student Hub is staffed by a wonderful team of advisers who are available to help with a wide range of topics such as mental health and wellbeing, disability advice, international student advice, funding and bursaries, and pastoral and spiritual support. The team can signpost you to any of these services and help to set up appointments with a specialist advisor if they are unable to resolve your query fully.

One of the best things about the University of Plymouth is our wonderfully diverse student population, and we know that no two students are the same. We appreciate that the university experience is a very individual thing, and the team in the Student Hub are on hand to help you navigate through this exciting and sometimes daunting chapter in your life with a friendly smile and the offer of some wellbeing and practical support.

University should be open to all, regardless of faith, race, colour, disability, mental health, gender or sexuality. We are proud of our diverse community and feel anyone interacting with us should feel comfortable being who they are. We want you to bring your whole self to university and not have to hide any aspect of who you are.

 The University of Plymouth offers a range of financial support to help you during your time as a student. Whether it’s advice on student loans and grants, information on bursaries and scholarships or help with extra financial support, the Student Funding Team can advise you on all aspects of student funding.

Visit the website for all the latest information on your funding options.



Courses & Fees

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Entry requirements:

It's great that you're thinking of studying with us. We welcome applications from a variety of backgrounds and study routes.

Entry requirements vary depending on which course you would like to study, but usually we're looking for a mix of exam grades, subjects and qualifications.

The exact entry requirements you need to meet can be found on the course pages.


Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Business

Plymouth Business School

Plymouth Business School. An enterprising environment driving sustainable prosperity, enabling our students and partners to achieve their full potential.

Plymouth Institute of Education

Plymouth Institute of Education works with a range of partners to offer high-quality research, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

School of Art, Design and Architecture

The University of Plymouth School of Art, Design and Architecture offers high-quality, student-centred degrees, postgraduate programmes and research opportunities relevant to today's cultural, creative, architectural and design related industries.

School of Humanities and Performing Arts

The School of Humanities and Performing Arts combines world-leading research with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within the disciplines of art history, dance, theatre and performance, english and creative writing, history and music.

School of Law, Criminology and Government

Interested in studying law, criminology, international relations or sociology? Find out more about the School of Law, Criminology and Government at Plymouth.

Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences

Peninsula Dental School

Peninsula Medical School

School of Biomedical Sciences

Each of these schools are committed to three core aims: outstanding clinical education; strong social engagement; and world class research which will all feature strongly in your learning experience.

School of Health Professions

The School of Health Professions has something for everyone interested in health and care–related professions.

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Our courses in the fields of adult, child and mental health nursing and in midwifery have been designed with your career and the future needs of the workforce in mind.

School of Psychology

The University of Plymouth School of Psychology is in the top 20 in the UK, with 50 staff and over 800 students.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Biological and Marine Sciences

The school is a great place to study Biology and Ecology - fantastic location, great facilities and a choice of undergraduate and postgraduate courses to suit your interests.

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics 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.

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences is comprised of four distinct areas, each delivering exceptional teaching, support and research.


We are proud to welcome international students to our wonderful community. Visit our website to find out all the ways we can support you during your studies.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees specific to a course or programme are shown in the 'Fees, costs and funding' section of each undergraduate course and taught postgraduate programme web page. Please choose your course using the search box or read through our website for further information which includes tuition fees for postgraduate research students.

Bursaries and scholarships:

Our scholarships, bursaries and funding pages contain all the information you need to find out whether you’re eligible and how to apply.

If you’re experiencing financial hardship due to extra costs, unexpected health issues or other factors, there are a variety of bursaries and funds to help you – available either directly through the University or partner organisations.

Whether it’s advice on student loans and grants, information on bursaries and scholarships, help with extra financial support or EU funding, our Student Funding Team can advise you on all aspects of student funding.

For tips and advice, our managing your money pages are packed with ideas on how to make your student budget go further.



Students in Halls

We want you to enjoy living and studying in Plymouth, build life-long friendships and feel fully supported during your time with us. Discover the great variety of halls that we have to offer here at the University of Plymouth that cater to a variety of budgets and requirements. Conveniently based either on campus or within a few minutes’ walk in our resident Student Village, our halls are perfect for students who want to make the most of their university experience. Our dedicated Halls Team are here to help you settle in and make sure that you feel part of a thriving student community, offering welfare support, Residence Life social events and 24/7 security to help keep you safe. We guarantee a place in halls – either University-managed or from accredited private providers – to all undergraduate first-year students who make Plymouth their firm first choice and apply before the date stated on the website.

Contact us to find out more.

University managed Halls:

Follow the links below to get the low-down on everything you need to know about our University-managed halls of residence:


Weekly rents in halls of residence and approved student housing varies so please refer to our website for all of the latest information.

Open Days

Open Days

There’s a world of opportunity waiting at Plymouth. Discover student life in Britain’s Ocean City with our Open Days! Our Open Days are designed to provide you with the best opportunity to check out our facilities and student accommodation, and to help you to feel confident with your choice of course. Chat to staff and students about your degree, our accommodation and everything in between.

We hold both Undergraduate and Postgraduate events throughout the year, so visit our website for more information and to book your place.

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Virtual tours

We are proud to introduce Plymouth On Demand, a selection of virtual content to give you a taste of what we have to offer. From recorded talks for undergraduate subject areas, to a dedicated Postgraduate page, there is even a 360° virtual tour of Plymouth!

Upcoming open days

Living Here

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Discover Plymouth


With unbeatable views across Plymouth Sound, the Hoe is a great place to spend a day in the sun, enjoying a picnic on the grass or taking a dip in the art deco Tinside Lido. Nearby, you have the historic cobbled streets of the Barbican, Plymouth’s old town and independent shops. Here you can find the Plymouth Gin Distillery, vintage shops, galleries and eateries.


‘The Yard’ is home to excellent restaurants and is host to some of the coolest spots in the city. Look out for the annual open-air cinema events, monthly markets or enjoy the amazing views of Mount Edgecumbe Country Park.



Drake Circus shopping centre is an exciting venue with over 60 retailers including Tiger, H&M and Superdry. Adjacent to Drake Circus is The Barcode, a new introduction to Plymouth’s entertainment scene. The £53 million development includes a 12-screen IMAX cinema, two 18-hole indoor adventure golf courses and popular restaurants including Five Guys and Zizzi’s.


The largest aquarium in the UK has everything from seahorses to sharks and is the perfect place to explore life under our ocean’s surface.


The Box, newly opened in 2020, is a major cultural attraction with a lively piazza, permanent galleries and high-profile exhibitions, including British Art Show 9 in autumn 2021.


Once you’re settled and have made new friends for life, you might want to go exploring a little further afield together. Not only ideally situated as a campus university in the city, the University is also perfectly located to benefit from everything Devon and Cornwall have to offer. From some of Britain’s best beaches, to the spectacular views offered by Dartmoor, you can have it all right on your doorstep.


We’re closer than you think! Having a campus situated in the heart of the city allows fast and convenient access to all transport links both local and national:

  • The rail station is just a five-minute walk from the campus, with services to London, south Wales, the Midlands, the north of England and Scotland
  • There are regular coach services from most major cities to Plymouth, which is easily reached from the M5 motorway and the A38 Expressway via Exeter.
  • Drive time from London is around three and a half hours
  • The closest airports are at Exeter and Newquay
  • There are Park and Ride sites at Coypool, near Marsh Mills roundabout, the George Junction, near Derriford, and Milehouse
  • We’re even connected to mainland Europe via the sea with a variety of ferry routes available!


Term Dates

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Undergraduate semester dates 2021/22

International student welcome: 13 September 2021

Induction week: 20 September 2021

Semester 1 start: 27 September 2021

Vacation: 20 December 2021 – 9 January 2022

Semester 1 end: 30 January 2022

Semester 2 start: 31 January 2022

Vacation: 4 April 2022 – 24 April 2022

Semester 2 end: 1 June 2022

For the latest information on semester dates, please visit our website.

Travel information

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University of Plymouth
 PL4 8AA
 United Kingdom

Top Questions

What do you look for in your students?
Here at Plymouth we definitely don’t encourage exclusivity by looking for only a few select qualities in our future students. We like to think of ourselves as inclusive and therefore we attract a real diverse mix of students. You may want to be an adventurer, lifesaver, campaigner, creator, explorer or performer and we’re here to support that.

What grants/scholarships do you offer? 
Grants and scholarships can vary from year to year. To find out information on what we may be able to offer your first port of call is to get in contact with our Student Funding Unit who can talk you through any options that may be available to you. It’s worth keeping in mind that individual faculties will sometimes have incentives for particular courses and these will usually be mentioned on the course page itself - so keep your eyes peeled! 

How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?
We have a mass of very different and varied courses and all will include some or all of these components. Keep in mind that many courses will also include elements of workplace placements in the form of an additional year or within a module, which will allow you to flex these skills.

If for any reason, you feel you wish to build these skills further our Careers Service offer many additional services, which are designed to support you and your future careers journey.

What's university welfare and disability support like?
The Student Hub team are always there to help with study support requirements, whether you have a disability, want to improve your mental health and explore counselling, or seek assistance with your learning development.

What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason? 
As previously mentioned the university’s Student Hub is available to assist anyone who may be struggling - this has been recognised and praised by The Office for Students. This is all part of Plymouth focused on making you feel at home and part of our unique community.

What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?
As a student at Plymouth you are automatically a member of the Students' Union (UPSU). This gives you access not only to some of the best social events we are able to responsibly offer but also a free advice service, sports clubs, societies and union representation. Covid may have things feeling a little different right now, but our SU is adapting and supporting our students all the way.

Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?
Our campus is in the heart of the city! This provides our students with the benefits of being able to access by foot the vibrant city centre, fantastic transport links and local hot spots such as the waterfront and harbour.

How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?
Walking from the top of our city campus to the city centre is an easy ten minute stroll. It’s also very close to both the train (five minutes) and coach station (10 minutes) - which both offer frequent and reliable short and long distance travel. It’s really one of the most convenient spots to be able to access local travel facilities.

How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?    
The best way to appreciate how accessible the campus buildings are to one another is to look at our virtual tour. Here you will discover how you really will have everything on your doorstep!

How much is a pint at the student union?
A pint starts at just £3!

What fields of study is the university best known for?
Due to our incredible location, our Marine and Conservation courses are definitely a standout. Plymouth is lucky to have an incredibly diverse range of rich coastal habitats around the Devon and Cornwall coastline that students are able to make the most of. As one of our students puts it "If you want to just read about marine biology, then anywhere will be fine. However, if you want to live marine biology then it has to be Plymouth. The course offers the opportunity to study under experts in their fields – from microbes to mammals – with outstanding facilities, both in the UK and overseas. Plymouth is Britain’s Ocean City for a reason."