• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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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    4.06 / 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 high-quality 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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    68.3 / 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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    70.6 / 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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    84.5 / 100.0

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 22 Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellows, and two-thirds of its research classed as world-leading or internationally-excellent (REF 2014).

Entry Requirements

  • The majority of the University of Plymouth undergraduate offers are made based on UCAS tariff points.
  • If an applicant is not deemed suitable for a programme, the university will endeavour to find a more appropriate study route and make an alternative offer on this basis.
  • The University of Plymouth considers all late applicants, but there is a risk that some degree programmes may already be fully subscribed.
  • Please refer to the university website for further details, or contact the admissions team via admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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

Teaching Methods

  • Plymouth offers the fourth best contact hours of all UK universities, with 34% of time spent in lectures or seminars on the average course.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • 'Plymouth Plus' modules in the first year allow students to work across disciplines, broadening their skills-base and working collaboratively with students from other subjects.
  • Over 4500 University of Plymouth students benefit from placements and work-based learning every year.
  • Single or joint honours options available.

Student Services and Facilities

  • The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; Plymouth also provides free ebooks to its first-year students.
  • Creative study facilities include studio spaces, dark rooms, print and letterpress facilities, and performance spaces; and a Media Hub loans a large range of equipment.
  • BETA Enterprise program for business students offers weekly networking and advice sessions.
  • There are a range of medical research laboratories and simulators.
  • Research facilities include research boats equipped with internal laboratories, a Marine Building with a wave machine, a tethered underwater robot, a waterfront marine station and atmospheric observatory.

Disability Services

  • Disability Assist offers assistance to applicants and students who may require support related to a disability.
  • An independent 24/7 Anytime Advice and Mental Health Helpline is available for all students.
  • Please refer to the university website for further information about disability services or email the Disability Assist Services at das@plymouth.ac.uk.

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.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Careers & Employability 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.
  • Many students get part time work with the university through the on campus Careers Hub.
  • The Students' Union volunteering department offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities and there are a large number of part time jobs.

Careers Guidance

  • 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. 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.
  • Over 4,500 students benefit from placements and work-based learning every year, and the University of Plymouth invests into the city’s economy, developing links with business and helping create employment. The university is the key partner in the South West Peninsula City Deal, which has potential to create over 9,000 jobs.
  • 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.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 87%
  • Postgraduate 13%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 80%
  • Part Time 20%

Where students come from

  • UK 90%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%


  • One of the UK's largest universities, with history dating back to 1862, Plymouth has over 23,000 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.

Notable Alumni

  • 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.

Further Details

Address University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
UCAS Code P60