View of Roland Levinsky Building from The House
Welcome to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business
In T. H. White’s 1958 trilogy, The Once and Future King, at one point the magician Merlin counsels the disconsolate King Arthur, “The best thing for being sad… is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails… Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.” 
Education is one of the fundamental ways that human beings can change their circumstances. It helps us to understand how the world works, what place we might take in it, and how we might help to improve it. A degree expands those horizons further, enabling you to develop those critical faculties to challenge and create, inspire and innovate. 
I believe the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business is quite unique in the kind of experiences, skills and knowledge it can offer students. Our students learn to change the world through social action. They become the teachers who shape our journeys through primary and secondary school. They are the lawyers, sociologists and criminologists who hold our justice system to account. They are the historians, literary scholars, artists, performers, musicians and writers who engage with, interpret and create our cultural heritage. They design and build the spaces we live, work and play in. They are the business graduates who drive forward and support our economic health and sustainability. Whether your interests lie in practice-based subjects that seek to shape the world, or those that strive to inspire it, you will find we are an academic community committed to helping you interpret the world around you.
Our Faculty is a powerful mechanism in supporting and developing the region’s creative industries and economy, and in unlocking its potential. And that is reflected in our degrees, which aspire towards an economy built around creativity – creativity as an action, and creativity as a reflection of culture and society.
Together, we will learn in ways that will be powerful and consequential. Welcome to our exceptional learning community.
Professor Chris Bennewith,
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business

Take advantage of our facilities and equipment

Information you will need to access the wonderful facilities that relate to your course and how you can make your time the most productive. We are regularly updating our facilities and resources.
Arts and humanities facilities

Frequently asked questions

How do I submit my work?

All assessment submissions are now online via the DLE. There are no hard-copy submissions until further notice. You will need to submit your work via your individual module page on the DLE as per the instructions given by your module leader.If you need to contact us please email

How will I find out my grades?

Return of assessment and feedback
Your coursework will be returned to you direct via the DLE by the module leaders. If you have work that you handed in via the reception this may not be available until the University opens again. Please check with your module leader for further advice. 
Provisional marks on assessed work with personal, group or general feedback will be made available as soon as possible and within a maximum of 20 working days and students will be able to view their provisional marks online.

Where can I find services for students?

The University provides a wide range of support to its students:
  • counselling and mental health appointments
  • disability and dyslexia
  • faith and spiritual support
  • learning development, including maths and writing help
  • University Medical and Wellbeing Centre
  • workshops and groups: mindfulness, mood boost, women’s group, men’s group, anxiety support, relaxation group and more.

What employment opportunities are there?

Every year the Faculty of Arts and Humanities runs a number of preview and interview day events; you probably attended one of these before you accepted your place at Plymouth. These days are designed to give prospective students a feel for what it’s like to be a student at the University of Plymouth and to be a part of our faculty. We strongly feel that all prospective students should have the opportunity to meet and talk to our current students and that’s where you come in.
In order to run these and other events, we often need to employ student ambassadors. The role of our ambassadors is varied and may involve leading campus tours, attending subject talks, answering questions about their courses and the university as a whole.
Through the Faculty outreach programme, there is an opportunity for student ambassadors to become involved in events and activities for local schools and colleges. The range of activities offered is very varied and ranges from on-campus workshops, talks and tours of facilities to visits into schools and colleges for skills enhancement session and mentoring. For any student considering undertaking a post-degree teaching qualification this type of experience is essential.
Think about a career in the arts
Are you looking for a future career in the arts? The Arts Institute offers fantastic, paid internship opportunities throughout the year. 

How can I provide feedback or raise a concern?

Student feedback and the student voice
There are several routes through which the student voice can be heard:
  • Student Perception Questionnaire (SPQ)
  • staff-student liaison meetings
  • Programme Committees
  • National Student Survey (NSS)
  • Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).
These kinds of opportunities give you the chance to tell us what you feel about your experience of teaching and learning at the University of Plymouth and to allow us to identify those issues that are perceived by you as affecting your education, either positively or negatively. Students should not contact External Examiners directly.
The University is committed to providing our students with a high quality educational experience. When an issue arises, the University believes in achieving an effective and efficient resolution. However, where this is not possible, there are a number of procedures that you can use to raise your concern and, if necessary, make a formal academic appeal or raise a formal complaint.

The Arts Institute

With a cutting edge, experimental contemporary arts programme informed by the research at the University, The Arts Institute opens up a world of significant, high quality arts and culture right on your doorstep. 
The main venues include the largest contemporary art gallery in Plymouth, The Levinsky Gallery; the Jill Craigie Cinema showing classic films and contemporary cinematic masterpieces, and The House theatre.
Also on offer is a year-long public arts programme of classical and contemporary musical performances, as well as fascinating talks that open up the world of history, literature and art.
Exclusive offer for University of Plymouth students
As a student, you can attend up to £150 worth of events at no charge with the Student Participation in the Arts scheme (SPiA). Look out for the SPiA logo on selected events, book your tickets online and show your student card on the night – it’s that easy.

Contact us

Contact the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business student support team

If you have any further questions or queries about how you can be supported as a student, don't hesitate to contact us:

Students and visiting design professionals taking part in portfolio surgeries in the graphic design studio

Faculty staff

Administrative support staff