The University of Plymouth's impressive campus sits within the heart of 'Britain's Ocean City', between the sea, Cornwall and Dartmoor. Acclaimed for its teaching and research, the University of Plymouth has 23 Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellows, and two-thirds of its research classed as world-leading or internationally-excellent (REF 2014).

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


On the coast, near the sea


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

UCAS Code: P60

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 85%
  • Postgraduate 15%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 81%
  • Part Time 19%

Where students come from

  • UK 90%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • The Charles Seale-Hayne Library is open 24/7 and provides access to approximately 350,000 books, e-books and multimedia items, 14,000 current journal subscriptions, and a variety of different study environments. 
  • In one central location there are resources to carry out research (books, journals, electronic resources) and to present work (computers, printers, photocopiers, loan equipment, shop), with support from experienced, friendly library staff. Students can book study rooms and collaborative spaces, use multimedia editing suites and specialist software, find an available PC using the university mobile app, or catch up on lectures through podcasts.

Student jobs

  • Each year the Careers and Employability Service helps more than 3,000 students get paid, part time employment with flexible hours to fit around their studies, with an on campus JobShop and Careers Hub, promoting job opportunities at the university and with reputable local employers. 
  • The service offers drop-ins, appointments and small group sessions on finding and securing part-time work, placements and work-based learning, internships and graduate level jobs. 
  • The Students' Union volunteering department offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities and there are a large number of part-time jobs.

Careers advice

  • The university has a dedicated Careers and Employability Service, open to all students at any stage of their studies and to graduates three years after graduation. 
  • The Careers Hub on campus offers support and guidance for all student aspirations, with services including: career planning advice, postgraduate study options, job searching, placement and work-based learning opportunities, CV and application support, interview practice and assessment. 
  • Each year the university invites more than 300 employers to work with students through career fairs, workshops, guest lectures, mentoring, mock job interviews and competitions; and students are also encouraged to volunteer, with extra curricular activities recognised in their Higher Education Achievement Report.

Health services

  • Student well-being services help explore and understand issues affecting academic work and enjoyment of university life by developing students' effective life skills. 
  • The Well-being Centre on the main campus hosts a number of activities and workshops including massage therapy and meditation. The Centre includes an NHS-provided health centre for medical appointments and emergencies, and a pharmacy.

Counselling services

  • An independent 24/7 Anytime Advice and Mental Health Line provides information and advice on a range of studying, work, family and personal issues. The advice line provides in-the-moment emotional and counselling support and is accessible by phone, email and instant messaging. 
  • The university offers one-to-one support, free personal development sessions and online resources created by students, counsellors and researchers.

Disability support

  • The Disability Assist service offers assistance to applicants and students who may require support related to a disability, including help with assessments for ADHD, specific learning differences and autism. 
  • The team assists with any specific study requirements and examination arrangements, and also helps students to apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance.

Other services and facilities

  • The Writing Café on campus is an innovative and creative space where students can work with the Learning Development Team or a trained student-writing mentor to develop writing skills and techniques. 
  • A multifaith chaplaincy works alongside other support services to welcome students, providing a social space to make new friends and gain practical help regardless of religious background or belief. 
  • The campus is home to Ofsted-rated Freshlings nursery for children of students and staff.

Students' Union

  • Award-winning Students' Union: awards include the Plymouth Best Bar None 'Best Student Venue in the City' 2016, Investors in People Gold Award, Investors in Volunteering Award and NUS Green Impact Outstanding Excellence. Facilities include a nightclub, bar, shop, sports centre and restaurants; and there are 60 sports clubs and over 100 societies, ranging from ultimate frisbee to the DJ society.
  • The University of Plymouth Students' Union (UPSU) helps make all aspects of student experience the best it can be: their democratic processes allow students to feedback to faculties and improve the teaching and running of the university, and they give free impartial advice.
  • The SU runs one of the largest student events in the South West – the end of year Summer Ball. Previous performers including Craig David, Example, Ella Eyre and Labrinth.


  • One of the UK's largest universities, with history dating back to 1862, Plymouth has over 21,000 students (with 13,000 more studying for Plymouth degrees at partner institutions), 60 sports clubs and 110 societies.
  • Twice winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, and the first university to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark.
  • The first modern university to launch its own medical and dental school.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Plymouth was the first university in the world to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark; this continues with initiatives like Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise – where students from the university's dental school provide supervised treatment to those in the community who may not otherwise access dental services.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Clare Nasir – ITV weather presenter.
  • Thom Hunt – the UK's leading wild experience provider, as featured in the Channel 4 series 'Three Hungry Boys.'
  • Antony Micallef – contemporary oil painter.
  • Monty Halls – TV presenter and explorer.
  • Kitiara Pascoe – travel writer for Yachting Monthly and The Huffington Post.
  • Michael Underwood – television presenter.
  • Lawrence Hendra – specialist on the Antiques Roadshow.


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