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Plymouth University

Plymouth - United Kingdom

Overview

About us

Plymouth University is one of the UK's most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862. 

Consistently ranked as one of the top three modern universities, Plymouth has 

  • over 30,000 students
  • almost 3,000 staff
  • an annual income of around £160 million
  • a major role in the Combined Universities in Cornwall

High academic standards

Plymouth has performed very well in all teaching reviews carried out by external bodies since 1996. 

The University has a long record of high quality innovative research as demonstrated by its achievements in the RAE. The university submitted twenty-five Units of Assessment in the 2008 RAE. The results show that the majority of research submitted by the university included world-leading research, achieving the highest rating possible - scoring 4-stars. Overall, 80% of the research was judged as being of international repute. 

In the Research Fortnight research power league table , on the basis of the results of the 2008 RAE Plymouth has leapt 15 places to join the top 50 universities, showing the greatest improvement in the UK in research performance since the last RAE, in 2001. 

Our investment in your future

The University is committed to improving the experience of its students, demonstrated by a high level of investment in new facilities. 

Social Enterprise Mark 

Plymouth is the first university in the world to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of working as a genuine social enterprise, caring for communities and protecting the planet. The award was announced by the Social Enterprise Mark Company, which provides the only officially-defined registration for social enterprise.

Our Mission

Our enterprising approach will further develop our reputation as a world-leading University and our enterprise culture will deliver sustained innovation and international impact. We will use the knowledge we create to transform lives. We will achieve this through world-class research, excellence in teaching and learning, and through our partnerships and collaborations. We will maintain our commitment to driving social inclusion, economic prosperity, and environmental quality in our local community and beyond.

Our Values

Our core values define our University culture. They guide how we make our decisions, and how our staff, students and stakeholders work with each other. 

  • Transforming lives through knowledge, collaboration and partnership.
  • Providing access to research-informed teaching and learning to all who can benefit.
  • Undertaking world-class research of high-impact to society and the economy.
  • Championing innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity.
  • Using our scholarship to influence regional, national and international developments.
  • Taking pride in our people and their achievements.
  • Nurturing and rewarding skills and talent.
  • Being transparent, open and inclusive.
  • Encouraging sustainability through shared practice.
  • Embracing diversity, promoting opportunity and social cohesion.
  • Pursuing excellence in all that we do.

Faculties

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

School of Architecture

Design and Environment

School of Art & Media

School of Humanities

Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

Schools of Psychology

Social Science and Social Work

Health Professions

Nursing and Midwifery

Education

Faculty of Science and Environment

School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences

School of Computing and Mathematics

School of Geography

Earth and Environmental Studies

School of Marine Sciences and Engineering

Plymouth Business School

School of Law

School of Government

School of Management 

School of Tourism and Hospitality

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

 


English Requirements

English language requirements

All students must have a suitable English language qualification to be accepted onto a course at Plymouth University. Please see the table below to view the minimum English language requirements for standard courses at NQF 6 and above: 

 
Test​ / Qualification Undergraduate Programmes​

Postgraduate  Programmes​   

Minimum

Component Scores

Plymouth University requirement​       ​IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall​ 6.5 overall​ 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)
Plymouth University International College (PUIC) requirement​ ​IELTS (Academic) 5.5 overall​ ​6.5 overall ​5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)
Plymouth University requirement​​ Pearson Test of English (PTE academic) SCORES MUST BE SENT TO UKBA ONLINE​ ​53 61​ 51​ in all four components (listening, reading, speaking, writing)
PUIC requirement​​ Pearson Test of English (PTE academic) SCORES MUST BE SENT TO UKBA ONLINE 51​ (53 for integrated programmes) ​61 51​ in all four components (listening, reading, speaking, writing)
Plymouth University requirement​​ Cambridge English: First (FCE)​  ​B B​ "Borderline" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)​
PUIC requirement​​
Cambridge English: First (FCE)​ 
​C (B for Integrated programmes) B​ "Borderline" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)​
Plymouth University requirement​​ Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) ​ ​C C​ "Weak" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)
PUIC requirement​​ Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) ​ ​CEFR B2 Level (score of 47 minimum) (C for Integrated programmes) C​ "Weak" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)​
Plymouth University requirement​​ Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) ​ ​Pass at C1 level ​Pass at C1 level "Weak" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)​
PUIC requirement​​ Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) ​ ​Pass at C1 level Pass at C1 level​ "Weak" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)​
The tests​ listed above are the Home Office (UKVI) approved SELTS (Secure English Language tests) that Plymouth University and PUIC accept. In some cases the scores required have been increased from the UKVI minimum specified scores to meet University requirements. Other tests / qualifications listed below have been deemed acceptable by Plymouth University and PUIC to meet our entry requirements and UKVI requirements for study at NQF 6 and above.
Plymouth University requirement​​ GCSE English Language  C​ C​ From Summer 2014 all GCSE English language awards will have a score for speaking and listening skills reported separately on the GCSE certificate (reading and writing already assessed)
PUIC requirement​​ GCSE English Language  ​C ​C From Summer 2014 all GCSE English language awards will have a score for speaking and listening skills reported separately on the GCSE certificate (reading and writing already assessed)
Plymouth University requirement TOEFL (iBT)* ​76 ​90 Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 21
PUIC requirement TOEFL (iBT)* ​76 90​ ​Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 21
Plymouth University requirement​​ Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language (Syllabus 0500 and 0522)​ ​C C​ Reading E, Writing E, Speaking D, Listening D (Supplementary statement will be required)**
PUIC requirement​​ Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language (Syllabus 0500 and 0522) ​C C​ Reading E, Writing E, Speaking D, Listening D ​(Supplementary statement will be required)**
Plymouth University requirement​​ Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Syllabus 0510 and 0511)​ ​C B​ Reading D Writing D Speaking C Listening A (Supplementary statement will be required)**
PUIC requirement​​
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Syllabus 0510 and 0511)
 
​C B Reading D Writing D Speaking C Listening A​ (Supplementary statement will be required)**
Plymouth University requirement​​​ WAEC / NECO English​ C6​ C6​
PUIC requirement​​ WAEC / NECO English​ ​C6 C6​
Plymouth University requirement​​​
Indian School Certificate (year 12) (when awarded by CISCE) OR
All India Senior School Certificate Examination (also known as Delhi Senior School Certificate Examination) (when awarded by CBSE) 
​70% 70%​
PUIC requirement​​
Indian School Certificate (year 12) (when awarded by CISCE) OR
All India Senior School Certificate Examination (also known as Delhi Senior School Certificate Examination) (when awarded by CBSE) 
​60% (70% for integrated programmes) 70%​​
Plymouth University requirement​​​ Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), post 2007 (except syllabus A)​ ​3 IELTS required as above​ Minimum score of 3 in all four components
PUIC requirement​​ Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), post 2007 (except syllabus A)​ ​3 IELTS required as above​ 2 in all four components2 in all four components (3 in all four components for integrated programmes)
Plymouth University requirement​​​ Hong Kong Diploma in Secondary Education (HKDSE)​ 4 at category A​ 4 at category A Minimum score of 3 in all four components
PUIC requirement​​ Hong Kong Diploma in Secondary Education (HKDSE)​

​3 at category A 
(4 for integrated programmes)

4 at category A Minimum score of 3 in all four components
Plymouth University requirement​​​ Singapore / Cambridge GCE 
O Level​
​C6 C6
PUIC requirement​​ Singapore / Cambridge GCE 
O Level​
​C6 C6
Plymouth University requirement​​​ USA / Canada high school diploma​ ​C C Plymouth University requirement, no Home Office requirement where student is a US or Canadian national
PUIC requirement​​ USA / Canada high school diploma​ ​C C Plymouth University requirement, no Home Office requirement where student is a US or Canadian national​
Plymouth University requirement​​​ Malaysia SPM - Advances English 1119 (Cambridge 
O Level 1119​) 
​6 6
PUIC requirement​​ Malaysia SPM - Advances English 1119 (Cambridge 
O Level 1119​)​ 
​6 6
Plymouth University requirement​​​

Norway Vitnemål fra denVideregående Skole

​4 4 Plymouth University requirement, no Home Office requirement where student is a Norwegian national
PUIC requirement​​ Norway Vitnemål fra denVideregående Skole ​4 4 Plymouth University requirement, no Home Office requirement where student is a Norwegian national
Plymouth University requirement​​​ International Baccalaureate (IB) (Diploma, studied in English)​

​Higher Level 4 / Standard Level 5

Higher Level 4  Standard Level 5
PUIC requirement​​ International Baccalaureate (IB) (Diploma, studied in English)​ Higher Level 3  Standard Level 4 
(4 HL and 5 SL integrated programmes)
Higher Level 3 Standard Level 4
 

Scholarships

​POSTGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS 

Plymouth University is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught degree courses.
 
To be considered for one of these scholarships you need to first hold a conditional offer of a place on a postgraduate taught degree programme at Plymouth University commencing in September 2014. If you have not yet applied to us you need to do this first – please complete an application form and see information on how to apply.
 
There are three scholarships available for September 2014 entry, as follows:
 
1. International Student PGT Scholarship
Level/Course of Study: All Postgraduate taught programmes
Eligibility criteria: The University will automatically consider applicants with relevant Bachelor degree grades as stipulated in this list. Please note this eligibility criteria list is not exhaustive and graduates from all non-EU countries will be considered for these scholarships. Please note your Bachelor’s degree must be the equivalent of a UK Honours degree, as specified by UK NARIC.
Value of award: £1,500
Number of awards available: 100
Application: None required. If you have applied for a postgraduate taught degree programme for September 2014 entry, we will automatically consider you for this scholarship if your final transcript or marks sheet was submitted with your application. If you meet the criteria and are made a conditional offer of a place, we will inform you of the scholarship in your conditional offer letter. Once all conditions of your offer have been met and the tuition fee deposit has been paid, we will then confirm the scholarship award and issue your unconditional offer letter or CAS. See Terms and Conditions for details.
Closing date for awards: There is no closing date but we will need to receive all documents as specified on your offer letter and for you to have met all conditions of your offer, in order to confirm the scholarship. The sooner you send these to us the better, as you need to allow enough time for the visa application process in your own country (if applicable).
 
2. International Student Merit Scholarship
Level/Course of Study: All Postgraduate taught programmes
Minimum eligibility criteria for consideration for award: Equivalent of a UK University 1st class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject.
Value of award: £2,500
Number of awards available: 10
Application: Complete the application form that can be found by clicking on the link below and return this, along with all requested documents, to the email address specified. Please note you must have received a conditional offer of a place for a postgraduate taught programme commencing in September 2014. You must also be holding the equivalent of a UK University 1st class Bachelor degree in a relevant subject. See Terms and Conditions for details. Once all conditions of your offer have been met and the tuition fee deposit has been paid, we will then confirm the scholarship award and issue your unconditional offer letter or CAS.
Closing date for awards: 30th June 2014
 
3. Vice Chancellor’s International Student Scholarship
Level/Course of Study: All Postgraduate taught programmes
Minimum eligibility criteria for consideration for award: Equivalent of a UK University 1st class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject.
Value of award: £5,000
Number of awards available: 3
Application: Complete the application form that can be found by clicking on the link below and return this, along with all requested documents, to the email address specified. Please note you must have received a conditional offer of a place for a postgraduate taught programme commencing in September 2014. You must also be holding the equivalent of a UK University 1st class Bachelor degree in a relevant subject. See Terms and Conditions for details. Once all conditions of your offer have been met and the tuition fee deposit has been paid, we will then confirm the scholarship award and issue your unconditional offer letter or CAS.
Closing date for awards: 30th June 2014

Tution Fee

Undergraduate

Full-time Home/EU International**​​
Undergraduate​ £9,000 £11,500

Year zero (one year)​Science and Environment

£9,000​ £11,500
Management, Government and Law Foundation Year £7,500 £10,000
​2 year fast-track​ £9,000​ £11,500
Master of Architecture (MArch) £9,000 ​​£11,500
 
Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry (PU PSMD) - UG Medicine (BMBS) and UG Dentistry (BDS) ONLY
Full-time Home/EU International Channel Isles and Isle of Man   
Pre-Clinical​ ​£9,000 £17,300 £9,000 ​Medicine Yr 1&2/Dentistry Yr1
Clinical​ ​£9,000 £32,000 £19,000 Medicine Yrs 3-5/Dentistry Yrs 2-5​

BMBS, BDS & BSc Dental Therapy and Hygiene international fees are not fixed at the point of entry, annual inflationary rises will apply. All other UG courses under PU PSMD are subject to the standard International fee and fee capping policy.

Undergraduate

Full-time  Home/EU ​ International
Postgraduate taught ​ ​£5,495**  ​ £12,250**​
PGCE ​ ​£9,000​ £12,250
​Placement ​£900.00 ​£900.00