Plymouth Marjon University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    3.92 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    - / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

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    - / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    60.5 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    60.6 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    82.1 / 100.0


  • At the forefront of learning and teaching since originating as England’s first teacher training college in 1838.
  • St John’s College evolved from Battersea College, founded in 1838, and St Mark’s College was founded in Chelsea by the National Society in 1840.
  • The two colleges merged on the Chelsea site in 1926 to become the College of St Mark & St John or, as the students started to refer to the new college, Marjon.
  • The College of St Mark and St John moved to Plymouth in 1973, became a University College in 2007 and was awarded University title in 2013.

Location and Transport

  • Located in a stunning natural setting nestled between the south west coast and the countryside of Dartmoor, Plymouth is a vibrant and growing cultural destination that has become known as Britain’s Ocean City in recognition of its coastal location, naval heritage, cultural scene and visitor attractions.
  • The city has established an exceptional annual calendar of events including MTV Crashes Plymouth, the British Firework Championships, Flavour Fest and the British Diving Championships as well as a range of other music, sport, sailing and food festivals throughout the year.
  • With the sea at its heart and Dartmoor on its doorstep the rich maritime heritage of cobbled streets and Elizabethan harbourside combines with a modern and progressive shopping centre, cultural and sporting facilities to embody the best of tradition and modernity with a laid-back lifestyle ideal for living and studying.
  • The A38 Devon Expressway provides road access to east and west, Plymouth train station is located centrally and provides regular routes to London and the north via Bristol and Exeter airport is only 45 minutes away. A regular bus service runs from the campus into the city centre and surrounding areas.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants are advised to check the university website for specific course entry requirements.
  • The university is committed to its outstanding record for social mobility and will consider applications from students with different prior experience.
  • GCSE A–C in English and Maths are required.

Student Mix

The 2,420 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 84%
  • Postgraduate 16%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 82%
  • Part Time 18%


  • UK 98%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 1%

Student gender

  • Male 49%
  • Female 51%

Course Flexibility

  • Module choices are offered to enhance experience and skills in line with future career choices.
  • Courses are enhanced by the university’s digital learning environment, extensive work-based learning including work placement and volunteering opportunities, study abroad opportunities, and additional professional qualifications which ensure built-in flexibility to enable all students to reach their full potential.

Teaching Standards

  • The university has developed a highly effective learning environment with small class sizes, high levels of class contact, world-class facilities and outstanding student support.
  • All modules are taught by highly qualified lecturers: the university has one of the highest percentages of staff with PhDs and university teaching qualifications.
  • Many academic staff are also practising professionals in the sectors of health, sport and creative arts and use their current practice and networks to inform their teaching.
  • In the 2015 NSS the majority of programmes achieved results well above the sector average of 86% for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey.
  • In the Faculty of Education & Social Sciences the BA Children and Young People and BA Early Years programmes both achieved 100% and the BEd Secondary Education with Physical Education achieved 94% overall satisfaction.
  • In the Faculty of Culture & Language Sciences the BSc Speech and Language Therapy programme scored 94% and BSc Speech Sciences achieved 90% student satisfaction.
  • In the Faculty of Sport & Health Sciences the BEd Physical Education achieved 94%, BSc Applied Sport Sciences for Coaching achieved 94%, and BSc Coach and Physical Education and BSc Health Exercise and Physical Activity both achieved 91%.

Research Standards

  • Research projects are designed to impact positively on health and wealth generation and on learning and teaching across all programmes.
  • As a pioneering UK teaching institution, research activities inform and drive policy and practice in UK and international education.
  • With its world-leading sport and exercise facilities, including state-of-the-art clinics and labs, the university is at the forefront of elite sport and health and exercise science research and undertakes research in collaboration with sport and health providers.
  • Research in culture, communication and language has positive impacts on professional practice in the creative arts, digital media and performance with strong inter-disciplinary links with other sectors.
  • The university is investing heavily in postgraduate research opportunities through its £1m plus programme of Mayflower Doctoral Scholarships and Fellowships.
  • Significant professorial appointments with world-leading and internationally-recognised research profiles have joined since 2013.

Academic Strengths

  • A distinct values-based university with high academic standards across three faculties of Sport & Health Sciences; Education & Social Sciences; and Culture & Language Sciences
  • Students gain additional skills and experience by being exposed to the 'Marjon EDGE': a range of Entrepreneurial, Digital, Global and Ethical insights and skills each student has the opportunity to develop.
  • Small class sizes and high levels of class contact lead to significant added value. Expert lecturers who are currently practicing in their field get to know their students personally and work with them as individuals.
  • All students are supported by an Academic Adviser who looks after a group of eight students and supports them through their studies.
  • Work placements and partnerships with employers are at the core of many programmes and over 94% of students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (HESA, 2015).
  • Students have easy access to cutting-edge facilities such as sport laboratories, health science clinics, live music studios, radio and TV editing suites, a theatre and simulated classrooms for trainee teachers.
  • Some courses include extra coaching and professional qualifications to accelerate students' graduate career prospects.
  • Marjon is the top university in the UK for social mobility (Graduate Social Mobility Index 2014).

Student Facilities

  • A smart campus offers students dynamic and integrated learning tools including an online learning environment, 24/7 library access, class content capture and smartphone apps to access timetables and resources from anywhere in the world.
  • Our Journalism and Media centre is installed with top of the range equipment and news conferencing facilities to rival any cutting edge newsroom, publisher or broadcaster and with its own radio and television centre, film and audio equipment to loan, live music studios and editing suites.
  • Performance spaces include a 400-seat theatre, rehearsal studio, dance studio and live music studio.
  • Multi-purpose creative meeting and conferencing facilities include the iSpace, sports centre, chaplaincy, bookshop, IT training, media services, copy shop, student support, Students' Union bar, Starbucks, dining hall, and Grandstand Café.
  • Our campus with guaranteed student accommodation is based near to Dartmoor National Park with lots of green space, gardens and allotments available to students.

Disability Services

  • Marjon provides confidential support, advice and guidance according to funding and eligibility including: one to one support, mentoring, specialist study tuition and non-medical assistance around the university.
  • Support relating to inclusion issues including a wide range of disabilities, medical and mental health conditions and formally diagnosed specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.
  • Pre-entry information, advice and guidance.
  • Guidance in applying for Disabled Students Allowances.
  • Liaison with academic departments.

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 and facilitates inter-university sport at national level and runs clubs for wide-ranging interests in art and culture, politics, and the environment.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university’s Employability Team offers an innovative service called Marjon Underground that runs E-Fest, a programme of events designed to support students in Employability, Enterprise, Education and Experience.
  • Part-time work is available within the university, through the Student Ambassador scheme, and in the city of Plymouth where expanding opportunities reflect the city’s rapid growth.
  • The Student Ambassador Scheme offers paid work assisting with university events, open days and UCAS fairs enabling 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 sport and coaching provision open to the community and through the local sport club network.
  • Opportunities to work overseas are offered as part of the university’s Camp America scheme.

Careers Guidance

  • The university achieves graduate employability rates consistently above the national average and in 2015 94% of students were in employment or further study six months after graduating.
  • Our experienced Employability Team offers resources, support and advice on how to develop the necessary skills and profile to secure employment.
  • This service continues to be available after graduation.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Recent developments have included a new and improved facility for students to access all course administration and finance within one location.
  • Recent investment has included a new state-of the art sports centre.
  • In early 2016, new sport and exercise science laboratories were opened within the sport centre and these have facilities and equipment on a par with world-leading sport and exercise research institutes.
  • The theatre complex is due to be refurbished in 2016 and extended to provide enhanced facilities for the expanding portfolio of performance-based programmes.
  • An Estates Master Plan has been developed and work will commence in 2016 to build a new student bar and remodel the university’s central quad which provides social and meeting space and the central area of the single campus university.

Notable Alumni

  • Bob Brunning (1943–2011), founder member of Feetwood Mac (1967).
  • Sir Lewis Casson (1875–1969), actor and theatre director who established the Actors’ Association which became the Actors’ Equity Association.
  • Rochelle Clarke MBE (1981–), most capped England Women’s Rugby player and member of the World Cup winning team in 2014.
  • Helen Glover MBE (1986–), London 2012 and Olympic gold medal-winning rower and world record holder (2013, 2014, 2015).
  • Harry Greenway (1934–), British Conservative MP for Ealing North (1979–97).
  • Ernest Millington (1916–2009), British Labour MP for Chelmsford (1945–50).
  • Paul Potts (1970–), English 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 (1928–95), Jamaican novelist, poet and journalist.
  • Sir Frederick Wall (1858–1944), Secretary of the Football Association and responsible for the purchase of the first Wembley stadium.

Further Details

Address University of St Mark & St John Derriford Road Plymouth Devon PL6 8BH
UCAS Code P63