• 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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    4.08 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.74 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.50 / 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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    60.1 / 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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    69.9 / 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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    84.9 / 100.0


  • One of the UK's largest universities, with history dating back to 1862. Later became a polytechnic and received university status in 1992.
  • Plymouth is the first modern university to set up its own medical and dental school – the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2012 in respect of its marine and maritime work.
  • The first university in the world to receive a Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of its sustainability.

Location and Transport

  • Campus just a short stroll from the buzzing city centre, with shops, restaurants and nightlife, the scenic seafront and historic Barbican. Rugged Dartmoor and some of the best beaches in the UK are within easy travelling distance.
  • 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. It is about a three-and-a-half-hour journey from London to Plymouth.
  • Plymouth University’s academic partnerships provide a network of colleges throughout the south west, offering degree opportunities for people in locations close to home across Devon, Cornwall and the Channel Islands.

Entry Requirements

  • The majority of Plymouth University undergraduate offers are made based on UCAS tariff points so the change to the new UCAS tariff will mean a change of our offer tariff. This is reflected in our new prospectus and on the website to ensure clarity for all applicants.
  • The university will give full consideration to all applicants and will take A levels and AS levels into consideration as part of this process.
  • If an applicant is not deemed suitable for a programme we will endeavour to find a more appropriate study route and make an alternative offer on this basis.
  • If you have any questions regarding your qualifications or entry requirements, please do not hesitate to contact the admissions team via admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Student Mix

The 25,895 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 88%
  • Postgraduate 12%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 81%
  • Part Time 19%


  • UK 90%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Course Flexibility

  • Modular courses – single honours or combined.
  • Most courses offer an element of work-based experiential learning.
  • Some two-year fast-track degrees available.

Teaching Standards

  • Nationally acclaimed for teaching excellence.
  • Twenty national teaching fellows as awarded by the Higher Education Academy, one of the highest number in the sector.
  • Fifteen subject areas ranked excellent or equivalent in independent assessments by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Research Standards

  • Widely acknowledged as having one of the best research performances amongst the modern universities.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Plymouth University’s research has been graded as world-leading or of international quality, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • From agriculture to art and design, clinical medicine to mathematics, earth sciences to education, the university improved its scores across the board in the REF.
  • Overall Plymouth had more than 63% of its research graded at 3 and 4-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. The results will be used by national funding bodies to allocate block-grant research funding to universities from 2015–16.

Academic Strengths

  • Wide variety including Marine and Environmental Sciences, Robotics and Computer Science, Education, Psychology, Engineering, Architecture, Social Work, Hospitality and Tourism,Sustainability, and Business.
  • Strong focus on enterprise and employability, preparing students for entrepreneurial leadership and to be effective employees capable of making a valuable contribution in their chosen field.
  • Strong emphasis on sustainability, with 50% of courses on the curriculum containing sustainability elements. Currently ranked number one in the People and Planet Green League, and by far the overall best performing university over the past six years.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • Over £150m recent and ongoing investment in new buildings, on-campus student accommodation and refurbished laboratories and library.
  • The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week providing access to 500,000 books and multimedia resources, 22,000 journals and many international resources.
  • Employability centre at the heart of the campus.
  • Comprehensive IT network with 24-hour wireless access.
  • Cutting-edge 'immersive vision theatre' – the first at a UK university – gives students the opportunity to experience fieldwork conditions in advance using innovative technology.
  • Plymouth also provides free ebooks to its first-year students. Around 100,000 books, covering the span of the curriculum, are provided free of charge thanks to an innovative partnership with a company called Cengage.

Disability Services

  • Visit our website for information about the disability services at Plymouth or email the Disability Assist Services at das@plymouth.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • Award-winning Students’ Union, including Best Bar None Gold, Investors in People Gold Standard, Investors in Volunteering, Green Impact Gold.
  • £3m Students' Union building recently refurbished.
  • Over 50 clubs and 120 societies, ranging from ultimate frisbee to the DJ society.
  • Free independent advice service.
  • Wide range of volunteering opportunities.
  • Nightclub, bars, shop, coffee shop, sports centre and restaurant.

Availability of Part-Time Work

The university actively encourages students to gain work experience and develop their employability skills through working part-time while studying.

  • The Job Shop is open throughout the year and provides on-site face to face help with securing part-time work, holiday work, placements and internships.
  • The Student Jobs team is available in the Job Shop throughout the year, organising part-time work on campus and working with external employers to advise students on balancing their work and study commitments. Over 3,000 part-time jobs were advertised last year.
  • Two part-time jobs fairs are organised every year to help students sign up with employers who are recruiting part-time and holiday staff.
  • The university has a dedicated Careers & Employability Service, open to all students at any stage of their studies and to graduates three years after graduation. They offer drop-ins, appointments and small group sessions on finding and securing part-time work, placements and work-based learning, internships and graduate level jobs.
  • 5,000 students per year participate in work placements and work-based learning opportunities.
  • An online vacancy service is available that includes access to careers modules offering information on CVs, application forms, and job interviews.
  • The Students' Union volunteering department offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities and there is a large number of part time jobs through the SU.
  • Students are helped to identify co-curricular opportunities that help their skills and personal development through an online directory and one to one support in the Careers & Employability hub.
  • The university actively encourages all students to complete the Plymouth Award which recognises student achievement outside the curriculum and feeds into their Higher Education Achievement Report.

Careers Guidance

The university actively encourages students to engage on a lifelong employability journey that will see them:

  • Explore their options.
  • Plan their career journey.
  • Expand their employability skills.
  • Challenge themselves to succeed.
  • Develop into a confident professional.

The Careers & Employability Service offers free and impartial one-to-one careers information, advice and guidance throughout the year. All of our advisers are professionally qualified and experienced.

  • Careers advisers work closely with academic staff to provide a range of employability sessions in the curriculum that are relevant to the programme of study.
  • The university’s Accelerate programme delivers weekly twilight careers development and planning sessions in the Hub, repeating throughout the year and covering 20 topics. Accelerate prepares students to make the most of the employer networking, careers fairs, volunteering, mentoring opportunities, and employability competitions that the university provides.
  • Professionally qualified and experienced Placement Advisers provide extensive support to students interested in taking a placement year or a work based learning opportunity, through the provision of curriculum sessions, drop ins and providing help to find a suitable placement.
  • The newly refurbished Careers & Employability Hub is open throughout the year, offering daily one-to-one drop ins and appointments, CV checks and support with career development and planning.
  • Career Navigator is the university’s online careers portal, offering access to job vacancies and careers modules covering CVs, application forms, and job interviews, videos, psychometric tests and a job interview simulator.
  • Business start-up support and incubation space is available to all students.
  • The university’s Job Shop provides information, advice, guidance and coaching and a full graduate recruitment service to support final year and new graduates to move into graduate level employment.
  • Working in partnership with the university’s Alumni team, there is a new employer mentoring platform that links students and new graduates to alumni for support in building their employability.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • New £7m performing arts centre – the House – opened in November 2014, containing 250-seat auditorium, research labs and box office.
  • New waterfront £5m Marine Station opened in November 2014, housing wet labs, teaching space and diving centre.
  • £13m research centre for the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry in development.

Notable Alumni

  • Monty Halls – TV presenter and explorer.
  • Clare Nasir – ITV weather presenter.
  • Pamela St Clement – actress.

Further Details

Address Plymouth University
Drake Circus
UCAS Code P60