The University of Plymouth's impressive campus sits within the heart of 'Britain's Ocean City', between the sea, Cornwall and Dartmoor. Acclaimed for its teaching and research, the University of Plymouth has 22 Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellows, and two-thirds of its research classed as world-leading or internationally-excellent (REF 2014).
- The majority of the University of Plymouth undergraduate offers are made based on UCAS tariff points.
- If an applicant is not deemed suitable for a programme, the university will endeavour to find a more appropriate study route and make an alternative offer on this basis.
- The University of Plymouth considers all late applicants, but there is a risk that some degree programmes may already be fully subscribed.
- Please refer to the university website for further details, or contact the admissions team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
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- Plymouth offers the fourth best contact hours of all UK universities, with 34% of time spent in lectures or seminars on the average course.
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- 'Plymouth Plus' modules in the first year allow students to work across disciplines, broadening their skills-base and working collaboratively with students from other subjects.
- Over 4500 University of Plymouth students benefit from placements and work-based learning every year.
- Single or joint honours options available.
Student Services and Facilities
- The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; Plymouth also provides free ebooks to its first-year students.
- Creative study facilities include studio spaces, dark rooms, print and letterpress facilities, and performance spaces; and a Media Hub loans a large range of equipment.
- BETA Enterprise program for business students offers weekly networking and advice sessions.
- There are a range of medical research laboratories and simulators.
- Research facilities include research boats equipped with internal laboratories, a Marine Building with a wave machine, a tethered underwater robot, a waterfront marine station and atmospheric observatory.
- Disability Assist offers assistance to applicants and students who may require support related to a disability.
- An independent 24/7 Anytime Advice and Mental Health Helpline is available for all students.
- Please refer to the university website for further information about disability services or email the Disability Assist Services at email@example.com.
- Award-winning Students’ Union: awards include the Plymouth Best Bar None 'Best Student Venue in the City' 2016, Investors in People Gold Award, Investors in Volunteering Award and NUS Green Impact Outstanding Excellence. Facilities include a nightclub, bar, shop, sports centre and restaurants; and there are 60 sports clubs and over 100 societies, ranging from ultimate frisbee to the DJ society.
- The University of Plymouth Students' Union (UPSU) helps make all aspects of student experience the best it can be: their democratic processes allow students to feedback to faculties and improve the teaching and running of the university, and they give free impartial advice.
- The SU runs one of the largest student events in the South West – the end of year Summer Ball. Previous performers including Craig David, Example, Ella Eyre and Labrinth.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- The Careers & Employability Service offers drop-ins, appointments and small group sessions on finding and securing part-time work, placements and work-based learning, internships and graduate level jobs.
- Many students get part time work with the university through the on campus Careers Hub.
- The Students' Union volunteering department offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities and there are a large number of part time jobs.
Level of study
- Undergraduate 87%
- Postgraduate 13%
Mode of study
- Full Time 80%
- Part Time 20%
Where students come from
- One of the UK's largest universities, with history dating back to 1862, Plymouth has over 23,000 students (with 13,000 more studying for Plymouth degrees at partner institutions), 60 sports clubs and 110 societies.
- Twice winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, and the first university to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark.
- The first modern university to launch its own medical and dental school.
- Clare Nasir – ITV weather presenter.
- Thom Hunt – the UK’s leading wild experience provider, as featured in the Channel 4 series 'Three Hungry Boys.'
- Antony Micallef – contemporary oil painter.
- Monty Halls – TV presenter and explorer.
- Kitiara Pascoe – travel writer for Yachting Monthly and The Huffington Post.
- Michael Underwood – television presenter.
- Lawrence Hendra – specialist on the Antiques Roadshow.
- The university has a dedicated Careers & Employability Service, open to all students at any stage of their studies and to graduates three years after graduation. The Careers Hub on campus offers support and guidance for all student aspirations, with services including: career planning advice, postgraduate study options, job searching, placement and work-based learning opportunities, CV and application support, interview practice and assessment.
- Over 4,500 students benefit from placements and work-based learning every year, and the University of Plymouth invests into the city’s economy, developing links with business and helping create employment. The university is the key partner in the South West Peninsula City Deal, which has potential to create over 9,000 jobs.
- The university actively encourages all students to complete the Plymouth Award which recognises student achievement outside the curriculum and feeds into their Higher Education Achievement Report.
Undergraduate students may request a Leave of Absence from studies for one or two consecutive semesters’ absence from Plymouth (this policy applies only to continuous fall and spring semesters; winter and summer sessions are not considered to be a part of a student’s regular continuous enrollment). A Leave of Absence is appropriate if the student intends to return to the University following a temporary absence for compelling reasons, which may include but are not limited to: military service, family emergencies, or medical reasons. Eligible students who apply for and receive a Leave of Absence retain their status as an active student which guarantees retention of their Plymouth email account, access to myPlymouth, and the ability to register online. No readmission application or fees are required if the student re-enrolls for a fall or spring semester immediately following the leave of absence. If there is no intent to return to the University, or if a student is unable to return following the leave of absence period, the regular withdrawal procedure should be followed.
Graduate students matriculated in a degree program that requires continuous enrollment may interrupt their enrollment by requesting a leave of absence (LOA). A student may petition for a LOA if compelling, extenuating circumstances arise. Examples of such circumstances include medical issues, military service, and family emergencies. Eligible students who apply for and are granted a LOA retain their Plymouth e-mail account and access to myPlymouth, as they are expected to return to active student status in the appropriate enrollment term that immediately follows the expiration of the leave.
Eligibility for a Leave of Absence
To be eligible for a Leave of Absence the following criteria must be met:
- The student must be matriculated during the semester in which the Leave of Absence is requested.
- The student must be in good academic standing.
- The student must not be subject to university initiated disciplinary action.
- The student must have no restrictions/holds on their registration.
- The student must provide documentation to support the leave of absence request.
Additional Conditions for a Leave of Absence:
1. Students have the right to request a leave of absence more than once, but may not exceed a total of two years for all approved requests.
2. Students have the right to return earlier than the initially agreed upon return date.
3. Students who do not return to Plymouth at the end of the leave of absence period will be withdrawn from the university and must follow all procedures for readmission if, in the future, they seek to re-enroll as a matriculated student.
4. Students are not eligible to receive financial aid payments from the university during the leave of absence period.
5. Students may not live in on-campus residential facilities, attend classes, or seek/maintain university sponsored employment during a leave of absence. Students may not enroll in early spring or summer sessions if those alternative sessions fall within the time period of the requested leave of absence.
6. Students are responsible for understanding all implications of a leave of absence, including but not limited to the following:
- Potential loss of financial aid
- Potential loan repayment
- Potential loss of health insurance coverage
Financial Aid Implications
If a student currently receives financial aid, their financial aid award will be reevaluated as a result of the leave. If the date of the leave precedes the start of classes, the financial aid will simply be cancelled. If the date of the leave is after the start of classes, the financial aid award will be adjusted according to federal regulations and institutional policies. The decision to take a leave of absence will not affect a student’s eligibility for financial aid upon his or her approved return as an active student. However, students must adhere to all published deadlines in applying for financial aid before returning.
Federal Loan Repayment
Repayment on students’ loans begins after they graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment. Generally students have a grace period before they have to begin repayment. The grace period is a determinate length of time when no payments are due. Students can start repaying during the grace period and save some money in the long run.
- Federal Perkins Loans – the grace period is nine months.
- Federal Direct Loans – the grace period is six months.
- Federal PLUS Loans – repayment begins 30 to 45 days after the final loan disbursement.
Note: Students are responsible for beginning repayment on-time, even if they do not receive information from their lender or servicer.
Process for Requesting a Leave of Absence
To request a leave of absence, a student must fill out a Plymouth State University request for Leave of Absence form (available on the registrar’s web page). Upon completion, the form must be returned to the office of the academic student advocate (Frost House). To access the form, please see PSU leave of absence form on plymouth. edu/office/registrar/forms.
Steps for Returning from a Leave of Absence
A student returning from a leave of absence is automatically reactivated for matriculation by the registrar, effective with the subsequent fall or spring semester following the leave.