Plymouth Marjon University

Plymouth Marjon is a small university with a green and spacious campus and world-class facilities in a spectacular part of the world. With strong support and an ambitious community, its students achieve more than they ever thought possible. Specialisms include teaching, sport, health and well-being, social sciences, business, and performing arts.


On the outskirts of a city or town


On the coast, near the sea


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

UCAS Code: P63

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The library includes a variety of workspaces for individuals or groups, with equipment to practice presentations.
  • Over 120,000 print titles are held, along with over 16,000 journals and an e-book collection that can be accessed online, available 24/7.

Student jobs

  • Part-time work is available within the university, through the student ambassador scheme, and in Plymouth. The Futures team can help students to find part-time work.
  • The student ambassador scheme offers flexible, paid work to assist with university events, open days and UCAS fairs. It enables students to develop important life skills, gain credible work experience and enhance their CV.
  • Opportunities for paid work also exist through the university's wide-ranging sports provision and through services on campus, such as the shop.

Careers advice

  • Students are supported to develop their careers from day one, through several routes. Careers inspiration and advice is included within all courses. All students work with a personal development tutor and have timetabled careers sessions as part of this work. Underpinning this, the Futures team offer resources, support, and advice on how to develop the necessary skills and profile to secure employment.
  • The Futures service is available on-line as well as by one-to-one careers guidance, and an innovative programme of workshops and events is designed to support students in developing, planning, and achieving their career goals.
  • The Futures service continues to be available to students for three years after graduation.

Health services

  • Students are recommended to register with the university's local GP surgery
  • Students' physical health benefits from facilities and activities on campus including the gym and pool, active Sports clubs, free sports sessions such as surfing to get students active, and Sports Therapy clinic (with very cheap or even free massages for students).

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • A strong network of pastoral support, including experience in metal health support, is offered through a mixture of professional student support, counselling, Students' Union, on-site out-of-hours support, and the chaplaincy.
  • Free on-site counselling support is available with fully-trained counsellors. 
  • Mentoring is also offered to those with diagnosed specific learning disabilities; please refer to the university website for details.

Disability support

  • Marjon provides confidential support, advice, and guidance to students with a wide range of disabilities, medical and mental health conditions and formally diagnosed specific learning differences such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.
  • It provides pre-entry information, advice and guidance including how to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA).
  • The university promotes an accessible and inclusive approach to higher education by continuing to review its campus support, accessibility and teaching on a regular basis. 

Students' Union

  • Marjon Student Union (MSU) represents the student voice and campaigns on behalf of the student body. MSU has a strong and positive relationship with university staff and management and is well-represented on committees and on the Board of Governors.
  • The Student Union encourages diversity through involvement in activities and development opportunities including LGBT events.
  • It creates a friendly and open social environment, facilitates inter-university sport at national level, and runs clubs for wide-ranging interests in art and culture, politics, and the environment.


  • Marjon is formed from St John's College in Battersea, and St Mark's College in Chelsea, founded between 1838 and 1840.
  • They merged in 1925, after they both lost students in the first world war, and the term 'Marjohnner' was used to describe students studying in the new college.
  • In 1973 the College of St Mark and St John moved to Plymouth and was awarded its university title in 2013.

Fascinating Fact

  • Criminology students at Plymouth Marjon will be able to truly play detective in the university's newly opened crime-scene house; course leaders will set up a scene for groups of students to analyse over a two to three week period. Students also have access to a mock police cell, moot court and prison...

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Bob Brunning – founder member of Feetwood Mac.
  • Sir Lewis Casson – actor and theatre director; established the Actors' Association, which later became Equity.
  • Rochelle Clarke MBE – most capped England Women's rugby player and member of the World Cup-winning team in 2014.
  • Helen Glover MBE – two-time Olympic gold medal-winning rower and world record holder.
  • Harry Greenway – Conservative MP for Ealing North (1979–97).
  • Ernest Millington – Labour MP for Chelmsford (1945–50).
  • Paul Potts – tenor and winner of the first Britain's Got Talent competition (2007).
  • Jon Rudd – swimming coach to London 2012 Olympic gold medal-winner Ruta Meilutyte and Commonwealth Champion Ben Proud (a Marjon student).
  • Andrew Salkey – Jamaican novelist, poet and journalist.
  • Sir Frederick Wall – secretary of the Football Association, responsible for the purchase of the first Wembley stadium.


Plymouth Marjon University, Derriford Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 8BH