University of Plymouth

Our mission
Advancing knowledge, transforming lives.

Our vision
We will be a broad-based, research-intensive university, open to all who can benefit from a University of Plymouth education, and delivering excellent interdisciplinary research, experiential education and civic engagement.

Our strategy
University of Plymouth 2030: a future of excellence

Advancing knowledge and transforming lives through education and research

Plymouth: a civic university

Universities are so much more than degree-awarding seats of learning. They are drivers for economic innovation and advancement, catalysts for social change and champions of cultural development.

Plymouth: a civic university

University of Plymouth Showcase: Over 150 years of excellence

It is my pleasure to introduce this publication, which captures a snapshot of the many exciting and internationally leading activities that contribute to the University of Plymouth’s continued success and international reputation.

Showcase: Over 150 years of excellence

Sustainability with the University of Plymouth

We’re a leading, award winning University for sustainability – establishing ourselves as the sustainable University.

Find out more about our sustainable University

Why study at Plymouth?
What makes Plymouth special?
Why stay local if you already know the city?
What can you take away from the University of Plymouth experience?

We fuel your career development

Professional development is at the core of our degrees. Our modules and modes of study are designed to help you to uncover your strengths, specialise your skills and interests, and prepare you for the next step in your career.

At every junction of your learning, you will encounter experiences that advance your knowledge and help you to gain invaluable sought-after skills that will make you more employable.

I have felt really empowered by being able to take responsibility for my own learning and development. I have proved to myself that I can successfully do my own thing and feel confident in having the skills to take forward beyond university into the real world.

Freya, BA (Hons) Architecture graduate

We nurture your academic achievement

Whether you’re diving into the magical world of marine biology or practising dentistry on phantom heads within the first week of the course, our degrees are characterised by an approach that nurtures you into your subject from the outset.

Every member of staff knows you very well. You get to know them too. All so approachable. So friendly. If you are having a problem with a practical skill they will take the time to show you again. They care.

James Nwaduba, BDS Dental Surgery and intercalating MSc Biomedical Science student

We are committed to your wellbeing

Our aim is maximise your university experience and help you to overcome any difficulties you may encounter along the way.

Friendly and approachable staff are there to guide and advise you in the key aspects of student life – funding, budgeting, career advice, additional academic support, mental health, disability and dyslexia requirements, immigration advice for international students, faith and spirituality – everything you can think of.

I’ve always been able to find help at university when it comes to my mental health. I’ve found that both my course tutors and disability services are really approachable, so I’ve found it easy to chat openly with them about my struggles. I’ve also been able to access extended deadlines when I’m finding things difficult.

When I fell ill with an autoimmune disease, the support services were completely invaluable in helping me continue and thrive throughout my studies. It’s due to this support that I’m on track to finish my degree and get straight into a job.

Seren, current student

We are investing in your future

Our campus must support excellence and enhance collaboration for us to meet our mission to advance knowledge and transform lives.

Blending state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities with attractive casual and social spaces, our continual aim is to facilitate creativity and the sharing of ideas and knowledge.

This new facility will create a space where students, researchers and industry come together to develop new ideas that enable society to meet some of its most pressing global challenges.

Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, talking about the proposed new Engineering and Design facility

We have a thriving student community

A large cohort of students and vibrant city-centre campus make Plymouth a uniquely appealing study location.

Students in University-managed halls benefit from dedicated Hall Volunteers, helping you to feel safe and supported in your new home, and an exclusive programme of social activities and trips throughout the year.

Almost straight away when I found my course I knew that Plymouth was the place for me. The student life, campus and city itself were just a bonus that I did not expect.

Melanie, BSc (Hons) Digital Media Design graduate