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University of Plymouth

About University of Plymouth

Plymouth University is a public university based mainly in Plymouth, England. Founded as the School of Navigation in 1862, it is now the 15th largest university in the United Kingdom with over 19,000 students and 2500 staff.

The Research Excellence Framework ranks nearly two-thirds of the research undertaken by the University of Plymouth as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Plymouth offers the fourth best contact time for all UK universities, with an average of 34 per cent of the time spent in lectures or seminars. Each year, over 4,500 students benefit from internships and work-based learning as well as research-led teaching.

The University of Plymouth is the top UK University for Marine and Ocean Engineering (Shanghai Global Academic Subjects Ranking 2019) and one of the world's first universities to receive a Social Enterprise Mark.

At Plymouth, Marine and Ocean Studies is a particularly popular subject field.

Graduate outcomes for the University of Plymouth show that 96 per cent of graduates are working or studying six months after leaving university.

University of Plymouth Campus

The spectacular campus of the University of Plymouth is located between the sea, Cornwall and Dartmoor in the heart of British Ocean City.

The main campus is home to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business, the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Faculty of Health and the Union of Students of the University of Plymouth.

North Plymouth Campus is situated four miles north of the main campus and adjacent to Derriford Hospital. Here, you will be taught dietary, occupational treatment, operating department, physiotherapy or podiatry.

Facilities in Campus

  • 24/7 Library
  • Dark rooms
  • Studio spaces
  • Print and letterpress facilities
  • Performance spaces, including a 200-person capacity theatre
  • Media Hub in which to loan a large range of equipment
  • Medical research labs and simulators
  • Equipment owned by the University to assist with scientific research includes(Marine and ocean studies):
  • A fleet of boats equipped with data research and measurement tools, as well as internal laboratories
  • Field equipment, such as a multi-beam sonar system
  • A designated Marine Building where renewable energy solutions are created
  • A tethered underwater robot
  • Marine Station built with wetlabs and lecture facilities
  • Atmospheric observatory

University of Plymouth Location Specialities

  • Plymouth is a vibrant city on the south west coast, nestled between the scenic Dartmoor and Cornwall, and home to the first National Marine Park in the United Kingdom. The pleasant town is compact and diverse in its amenities.
  •  It is a three-hour rail trip from London and also offers a ferry link to mainland Europe. It's a three-hour train journey from London and it also provides a ferry link to mainland Europe.
  • The city is also ranked 11th in the United Kingdom for the most cost-effective places to study.
  • The campus is situated in the city centre, directly opposite the main shopping center and next to the train station.


Halls accommodation is assured for first-year students making Plymouth their first preference Firm by the deadline. Plymouth is also operating an accredited accommodation website called Student pad, which helps students find private rented accommodation in the city.


In 2012, Plymouth was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for its worldwide recognition for marine and maritime education and science.

The University of Plymouth ranks among the top 40 modern universities in the world according to Times Higher Education and is also the best green university in the UK, according to the latest People & Planet Green League.

University of Plymouth Ranking

  • 76th in the Times University Guide 2020
  • 60th in the Guardian University Guide 2020

Teaching Quality

The reputation for teaching has been recognised with a Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Student Teacher Ratio ( Number of students per staff)

Academic Divisions

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Faculty of Health and Human Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Business

Why Plymouth University

  • Young University: Plymouth University is England's number one young university. Location: Plymouth is Britain's Ocean City. University campus is at the center of the University's downtown campus. All you need is within walking distance.
  • Secure and affordable: Plymouth was voted England's safest student area, and it's a lot cheaper than London.
  • Employability: 96 per cent of students are employed or studying further after their university studies.
  • Qualified staff: 58 per cent of academic staff are PhD qualified

How to Reach? Or Travel

  • From London, Plymouth University can be reached within 4.5 hours by road, and 3.5 hours by train.
  • There are also airports in Exeter, Newquay and Bristol.

Plymouth State University Campus

  • The campus of Plymouth State University has a 170-acre area with 47 buildings and is located in a countryside setting.
  • Students can actively participate in 85+ student clubs and organizations. The campus also has facilities of library, restaurants, and outdoor recreational activities.
  • The campus also has housing and dining facilities for the students. More than 60% of the students live on-campus.
  • 46% of the student body is from outside the local state with a number of international students studying here.

Programs offered by Plymouth State University

  • The University offers majors and minors under the undergraduate programs with 53 undergraduate majors and 60 minors, 68 master’s degree programs, 14 doctoral programs, and a wide range of certificate and research programs and courses also.
  • Popular bachelor’s programs at PSU include anthropology, interdisciplinary studies, information technology, management, business administration, and many more.
  • Some of the popular graduate programs offered by the university are accounting, clinical mental health counseling, integrated arts, language education, organizational leadership, business administration, etc.
  • The University also offers Bachelor’s to Master's programs like MBA, M.Ed., Athletic Training professional program (M.S.), and post-baccalaureate certification options for math and science, etc.


  • The University has a portal for the students to apply for the housing facilities.
  • The residence provided by the University is in the form of traditional halls with first-year students residing in one of these halls in double or triple room sharing options.
  • Many other affordable housing options for international students are available.
  • Upper Division or other graduate students have options of the University apartments, Langdon Woods, Mary Lyon, and Merrill place.
  • The common residential amenities and facilities that the students can avail staying in the halls are study rooms and lounges, games, and other recreational equipments, kitchens, cable TV, laundry, bicycle storage, fridge, dressers, wardrobes, rental insurance, etc
  • The residential communities of the University are Geneva Hall Smith, Grafton hall, Belknap Hall, Blair Hall, Pernigewasset Hall, Nontraditional Apartments, White Mountain Apartments, etc

University of Plymouth Tuition Fees

Courses Duration Tuition Fees
Medicine and HealthCare (1 Courses) 3 year GBP 14200
Engineering (5 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 14200 - GBP 16200
Science (5 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 14200 - GBP 15200
Arts (4 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 14200 - GBP 15200
Law (1 Courses) 1 year GBP 14800
Media Films (2 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 13800 - GBP 14800
Information Technology (IT) (3 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 14200 - GBP 16200
Management (8 Courses) 1 Year - 4 Year GBP 13800 - GBP 15200

University of Plymouth Entry Requirements

Courses Exam
Engineering IELTS
Information Technology (IT) IELTS
Management IELTS
Medicine and HealthCare IELTS
Science IELTS

University of Plymouth English Language Requirements:


  • IELTS: 6.0 overall 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)
  • TOEFL: 76 overall  Component scores of listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 18
  • PTE: 50 overall  42 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)


  • IELTS: 6.5 overall 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)
  • TOEFL: 90 overall  Component scores of listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 18
  • PTE: 58 overall   42 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)

The Requirements may Defer for some Programs.

University of Plymouth Highlights

Type Public
Campus Setting Rural
Application mode Panther Application or Common Application
Student Retention rate 68%
Cost of Attendance (2020-21) 39,322 USD
Number of Students UG: 4,100 PG: 1,758
Academic calendar Semester-based
Student-Faculty ratio 18:1
Financial Aids Scholarships, grants, loans, and Pell grants
Graduation rate 54%
Tuition fee UG: 23,902 USD PG: varies

University of Plymouth Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

  • Cost of attendance for various 2020-21:
Financials UG PG
Tuition and Mandatory Fees 23,902 USD 765 USD (Per Credit) + 695+780 USD (CAGS+EDD)
Room and meals 11,580 USD 11,580 USD
  • The mandatory fee (2,622 USD annually) breakdown can be seen as:
Charges Amount
Athletics 290 USD
Student Activities 190 USD
Transportation fee 16 USD
Student Health fee 380 USD
Student Recreation 502 USD
Educ. Technology 466 USD
Registration 100 USD

Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
Work and Study in UK Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
Top Job Sectors in UK IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.
Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

University of Plymouth Average Tuition Fee Per Year


£ 14,390


£ 13,680

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 11,750

Campus accommodation

£ 7,670

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.