University of Plymouth

Study at University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth is a public university based in Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1862 as the University College of the South West and became a university when it merged with the Plymouth Polytechnic in 1992. Its primary campus is located on the Holnicote Estate, about 5 miles (8 km) from Plymouth city center. It received its Royal Charter in 1932 with the support of the Prince of Wales. It is the modern-day descendant of the University College of the South West of England, established in 1862 as one of four new universities in England at the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign.

The university has multiple campuses, including the main Drake Circus campus and five smaller campuses throughout the city. The main campus is home to most teaching and research facilities and student life services, while other sites host the University’s specialist research centers. The newly built Peninsula Campus opened in 2017. 

The university is a member of the Santander Network of universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association, and Universities UK. 

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The University will offer you a high-quality student experience, where you will benefit from small group teaching and access to world-class facilities such as the £15 million Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CAMST).

The university has various faculties: Arts, Architecture & Design, Business & Law, Education & Health Sciences, Marine Biology & Fisheries, and Science & Engineering. The university operates across four campuses: Plymouth City Centre, Drake’s Island (Marine Biology), Mount Wise (Engineering), and South West Peninsula (Health Sciences). The university has over 18,410 students from more than 100 countries worldwide.

The university also provides many opportunities for students to gain work experience through its links with Plymouth city-center businesses.


A member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, Plymouth is ranked among the top 541 universities worldwide by QS World University Rankings 2019. 

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, the university was ranked 41st in the UK and 58th according to The Guardian’s University Guide 2022. Other notable ranks are as follows:

  • Overall score. / Max 1000. 581 58%. 64th
  • Entry standards. / Max 209. 132 63%. 51st
  • Student satisfaction. / Max 5. 3.89 78%. 47th

Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships are available to UK and EU students and international students. They can help you pay for your course fees and living costs. Scholarships are often awarded based on academic achievement and financial need.

The University has various scholarships for new students starting in September 2022. The awards range from £500 to £1,000 and cover different costs, including travel expenses.

Applicants must be starting an undergraduate degree at the University of Plymouth in September 2022. They must also be studying full-time (not part-time) and not be receiving any other financial support for their studies.

Find out more about the scholarships below:

  • University of Plymouth International Undergraduate Scholarship.
  • University of Plymouth International Postgraduate Scholarship.
  • University of Plymouth Pre-Masters Scholarships.
  • University of Plymouth Academic Excellence Scholarship.

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