The University of Plymouth is a public university based predominantly in Plymouth, England where the main campus is located, but the university has campuses and affiliated colleges across South West England. With 19,645 students, it is the 38th largest in the United Kingdom by the total number of students (including the Open University). It has 2,915 staff
The university was originally founded as the Plymouth School of Navigation in 1862, before becoming a University College in 1920 and a Polytechnic Institute in 1970, with its constituent bodies being Plymouth Polytechnic, Rolle College in Exmouth, the Exeter College of Art and Design (which were, before April 1989, run by Devon County Council) and Seale-Hayne College (which before April 1989 was an independent charity). It was renamed Polytechnic South West in 1989, a move that was unpopular with students as the name lacked identity. It was the only polytechnic to be renamed and remained as ‘PSW’ until gaining university status in 1992 along with the other polytechnics. The new university absorbed the Plymouth School of Maritime Studies.
The university was selected by the Royal Statistical Society in October 2008 to be the home of its Centre for Statistical Education. It also runs courses in maritime business, marine engineering, marine biology, and Earth, ocean & environmental sciences.
Why the University of Plymouth?
- Professional development is at the core of our degrees. Our modules and modes of study are designed to help you to uncover your strengths, specialize your skills and interests, and prepare you for the next step in your career
- Whether you’re diving into the magical world of marine biology or practicing dentistry on phantom heads within the first week of the course, our degrees are characterized by an approach that nurtures you into your subject from the outset.
- Our aim is to maximise your university experience and help you to overcome any difficulties you may encounter along the way.
- Our campus supports excellence and enhance collaboration for us to meet our mission to advance knowledge and transform lives.