University of Plymouth

United Kingdom

Why choose study in United Kingdom

Easy to research
It’s easy to research the right course for you by visiting the UCAS website. Everyone who goes to has access to the Course Search database containing details of around 38,000 courses from archaeology to zoology.

Studying in the UK will help you develop excellent language skills
The English language is of crucial importance in today’s global business arena. (Most UK universities offer language support to international students but institutions have their own criteria for the level of English that students need to master.) The cultural diversity of life in British higher education is unrivalled
From cosmopolitan cities like London, Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow, to historic counties like Warwickshire and Yorkshire, the UK is a place of contrasts and culture, where ancient buildings sit alongside contemporary architecture.

Short undergraduate and postgraduate courses
Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK tend to be shorter than in other countries which can help to keep the cost of tuition fees and living expenses down. Most undergraduate courses take three years to complete, although in Scotland it would be typically four years and postgraduate courses can be from one year upwards.

Work flexibility
Typically, international students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours a week during term time and full-time during holidays. If you are from an EU country, there will be even more flexibility. Full details about the conditions for working are on the UK Border Agency website and also on the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website.

University Overview

Entry requirements

For students from the USA:
Undergraduate Level
Whilst these will vary according to the course, Plymouth University typically welcomes applicants to undergraduate courses with US high school diplomas with a combination of: AP at grade 4 or 5 (usually three subjects relevant to course), SAT circa 1250, ACT circa 26, & SAT subjects (three relevant subjects circa 400). 
Postgraduate Level
To apply for postgraduate courses (second degrees) from the USA, students will need a good undergraduate degree (with 3.0 / 4.0 GPA) in a relevant subject from a regionally-accredited American university. 
For students from Malaysia:
Students need good STPM and SPM grades in appropriate subjects. If they hold a diploma or higher diploma from some institutions, they may be eligible for advanced standing, for example in second, or final year entry.
English Language
A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of Plymouth University's pre-sessional English Language courses.  We also accept the Malaysian SPM - Advanced English 1119 (Cambridge O Level 1119​) at grade 6 (C) or above for both our Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes.
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There are a wide range of facilities on campus, such as:
Charles Seale-Hayne library
The Charles Seale-Hayne Library is open 24/7 and provides access to approximately 350,000 books and multimedia items, 14,000 current journal subscriptions, and a variety of different study environments.
Specialist labs
Plymouth is home to ISO accredited labs, electron microscopes and wave tank testing facilities.
Moving away from home can be a daunting experience and Plymouth is Residence Life Team helps students every step of the way. The team ensures students enjoy living and studying in Plymouth, build life-long friendships and feel fully supported during their time there.
Students can choose from a great variety of halls of residence, all of which offer a safe and friendly environment, and are close to the University is main campus, near city centre amenities and situated in one of the South West's most vibrant coastal locations. Living in halls is an exciting, life-changing experience at Plymouth.


Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Bringing together a community comprised of the School of Art, Design and Architecture, the School of Humanities and Performing Arts, and the Plymouth Institute of Education, the Faculty is committed to teaching excellence whether in the studio, a seminar room, or in extra-curricular activities. 
Faculty of Business
The Faculty comprises of the Plymouth Business School, the Plymouth Graduate School of Management, the School of Law, Criminology and Government, and the School of Tourism and Hospitality. Its teaching approach is research-led and designed to equip students with discipline-specific and transferable skills.
Faculty of Health and Human Sciences
The Faculty is three schools of Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery, and Psychology combine world-leading research and practical expertise across a wide range of scientific and practical disciplines. 
Its graduates progress to a huge variety of professions, and Plymouth is one of the UK is largest providers of graduates for the health and social care sector, which has over 350 different career paths.
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Various study options are offered across the Faculty is School of Biological and Marine Sciences, School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and School of Engineering. With excellent laboratories, exciting field trips and internships, students will develop their practical skills alongside their academic knowledge.
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
The comprising School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences, School of Dentistry, and School of Medicine offer students exceptional clinical learning opportunities, strong social engagement, and world-class research.
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Based in the biggest city in the south-west of England, Plymouth University can provide international students with all the best aspects of British life. With a campus in the centre of a vibrant coastal city, the University is a short drive from the local beaches and Dartmoor National Park.
Over £300 million has been invested in the campus in recent years, from a new performing arts centre, to a Marine Building with wave tanks and ship simulators and a 24-hour library. Plymouth University has high-quality facilities that help its students make the most out of their time in the UK.
The University has a brilliant Careers Service, featuring a careers and employability hub to help students put together the perfect CV, look for part time work or speak to an advisor about what they can do with their degree once they have graduated. In addition, over 4,500 students take part in placements and work-based learning every year.
Two-thirds of the research conducted by Plymouth University is ranked as either world-leading or internationally excellent by the Research Excellence Framework. Its facilities include a wave machine, a diving centre and three research vessels.
The University has 135,000 alumni across 135 countries and 3,000 current international students - approximately 14% of the student body.

Scholarships & funding

Undergraduate scholarships
International students may be eligible for an undergraduate scholarship of GBP 1500. To qualify, students can be of any nationality provided they are paying the overseas fee rate and are in their first year of undergraduate study with Plymouth University. They must also meet one of the following academic criteria:
SQA HND students who achieve ABB in their graded units (or AB if their particular HND only has two graded units)
BTEC HND students who achieve a merit profile but with two or more distinctions included in the profile
IB students who achieve two points more than the number stated in the conditions of the offer made
A-level students who achieve 8 UCAS points more than the number stated in the conditions of the offer made
Applicants who are joining Year 1 of a course with Plymouth University after having completed a UK foundation programme that is academically accepted and who have achieved 10 per cent higher overall than the percentage stated in the conditions of the offer made
International Student Merit scholarship
This scholarship is for all masters programmes and the minimum eligibility criteria for consideration for this award is the equivalent of a UK University upper second class undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. The value of this award is GBP 2,500.
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Teaching quality

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.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Plymouth was awarded TEF Bronze- which is given for educational institutions with teaching, learning and student outcomes that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. 
Research-Informed teaching  
Plymouth University is committed to enhancing the link between research in its disciplines, professions and teaching. All academic staff undertake a teaching qualification ensuring that superb teaching quality is maintained.
Course flexibility
'Plymouth Plus' modules in the first year allow students to work across disciplines, broadening their skills-base and to work collaboratively with students from other subjects
Single or joint honours options are available
Rankings and ratings
In the 2018 League Table Ranking, Plymouth ranks 77th.
A few other factors that define the study experience at Plymouth are (as per the Complete University Guide) …
Student Satisfaction- 4.06 / 5.00
Research Quality- 2.74 / 4.00
Research Intensity- 0.50 / 1.00
Graduate Prospects- 68.3 / 100.0
Student-Staff Ratio- 16.1

What is new

The complex and under-explored roles played by fungi within the marine environment are to be explored thanks to a new GBP1.9million research project- awarded to Dr Michael Cunliffe, a researcher at the Marine Biological Association at the University of Plymouth.
MYCO-CARB, led by Dr Cunliffe, will examine the importance and abundance of marine planktonic fungi - otherwise known as mycoplankton.
It will aim to address questions around how these organisms interact with better-studied microbes in the cycling of carbon in the sea and, as a result, give scientists a better understanding of how marine ecosystems work.
The project has received a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to fund five years of research, much of which will take place in Plymouth. The ERC has awarded Consolidator Grants to 329 researchers across Europe.
This will give Plymouth a chance to have far-reaching impact on science and beyond. More about this…
Shortlisted in Student Choice Awards
Plymouth was shortlisted in the international category of the Whatuni? Student Choice Awards 2018. This was based on the overall rating given by international students at each university. The winners were announced on the 19 April and Plymouth came in 4th place overall. Read more…

University Ranking

Diversity Index - Rank: 111

Feel At Home Index - Rank: 0.19%

QS World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 701st

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 401st

Overall Cost of Living


Campus Accomodation




Post Graduate


Overall Cost of Living Value

£ 11.934

Campus Accomodation Value

£ 6.888

Undergraduate Value

£ 15.050

Postgraduate Value

£ 13.950

Minimum IELTS Score

Post Graduate : 6.5

Undergraduate : 6

Overall Review

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