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Study at the University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth has a strong record of excellence, enterprise and innovation across its teaching and research activities. It was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2019/20. Distinguished by its long-term engagement with business and the community, the university enjoys outstanding links with employers and plays a key role in civic and regional leadership. The university has around 30,000 students, including those studying higher education at its partner colleges throughout the south-west. It enjoys a high rate of graduate employment and has recently invested more than £150 million in its estate and facilities to enhance the student experience and support world-class research.

The university has embedded sustainability across its operations. It was the first modern university to found a medical and dental school – the University of Plymouth Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry – and is the leading provider of higher education in Cornwall.

Quick Summary

  • Established: 1992
  • Students: 17,481 (2021)
  • Intl. Student Ratio: 15%
  • Location: Plymouth, Devon
  • Campus: One
  • TEF Ranking: Silver
  • THE Ranking: 49th in the UK (401 -500 in the World)

University Details

Subjects Offered

The University of Plymouth covers a broad range of subjects at foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Find out more about what they offer and why it’s great to study at the University of Plymouth .

  • Accounting BA
  • Accounting and Economics
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business and Accounting
  • Finance
  • Finance and Economics
  • Finance and Investment Banking
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering with Space Technology
  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Interior Architecture and Design
  • Design Crafts
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Model Design (Special Effects)
  • Photography
  • Product Design
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Technology with Management
  • Automotive Technology with Management
  • Business Administration
  • Business and Accounting
  • Business and Event Management
  • Business and Finance BA
  • Business and Human Resources
  • Business and Marketing
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Media Design
  • Games Art and Design
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Business and Event Management
  • International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Human Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Environmental Management
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Psychology

University Ranking (Worldwide)

According to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021, the University of Plymouth is ranking at 401-500 in the world.

  • Overall: n/a
  • Teaching: 21.0
  • Research: 20.1
  • Citations: 71.7
  • Industry Income: 33.9
  • International Outlook: 71.6


University Campuses

The university was based in various locations. Under Vice-Chancellor Levinsky the university began a policy of centralising its campus activities in Plymouth. The Exmouth campus – Rolle College – housed the Faculty of Education and relocated to the new Rolle Building in August 2008. The decision was unpopular with students and the town of Exmouth itself. There were several protest marches and a campaign to keep the campus open.

Completed developments include Portland Square, a library extension, refurbished and new laboratory and teaching facilities in many of the campus buildings, halls of residence near the Business School and a new £16 million Peninsula Medical School headquarters at Derriford, in the north of the city.[16] A Marine Building has been constructed behind the Babbage Building to house civil engineering, coastal engineering and marine sciences.

  • University of Plymouth Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA