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The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park.

The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding training for postgraduate students.

Plymouth’s campus boasts nine award winning cafés, the Jill Craigie cinema, the city’s largest contemporary art gallery (the Arts Institute), and the Nancy Astor gym. There are also specialised campus facilities for medical, nursing and allied health students at Derriford Hospital and Treliske Hospital sites.

Plymouth is recognised as the top UK university for Marine and Ocean Engineering (Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic subjects 2019). Plymouth is also the first university in the world to receive the Social Enterprise Mark in Higher Education, a mark awarded for their dedication to supporting and mentoring young entrepreneurs in their business ventures. The university has been rated in the top 15 best universities for career services in 2017 (StudentCrowd University Careers Service Winners).

The University welcomes international students with a team of specialised and dedicated advisors who provide students with information about life at the University and advice on moving to the UK. Students from more than 100 countries currently study at Plymouth, attracted to the University by their reputation for teaching and research in addition to the opportunity to experience one of the UK’s most beautiful regions. The University of Plymouth has a thriving international academic community, with over 3,000 international students joining Plymouth for part time and full time study each year.

For information about how the current situation might affect your application to study with the University of Plymouth, please visit their website.

University of Plymouth students on Postgraduatesearch say:

“Very positive. Excellent facilities, great staff, great course mates. Workshop facilities are excellent too, as is the technical support. I'd definitely recommend Plymouth to anyone.”

“Genuinely superb and an amazing experience. I have met people from all over the world and shared some brilliant moments, I actually do not want it to end. The knowledge and skills I have gained even as a mature student have empowered me and given me increased confidence.”

“Teaching is good, feedback on assessments is quick and fair. Facilities are good. App is particularly useful. There is online access to reading notes etc. which is good for part time students.”

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About the University of Plymouth

Plymouth University is one of the leading research universities in the South West of England and offers a wide range of postgraduate research degree programmes. It has an international reputation for the quality of its research across the fields of sciences, business, arts and humanities.

Postgraduate student body breakdown
Source: HESA, 2019

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2019

This University

49% Part Time
51% Full Time

All universities (avg)

47% Part Time
53% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2019


UK students


Non-UK students

Study level
Source: HESA, 2019

17,560 Undergraduate
2,930 Postgraduate

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Source: HESA, 2019


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