Additional fieldwork and equipment costs

Students are expected to meet their normal study costs (books, stationery, printing etc.). However, we do supply laboratory coats and kits and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for fieldwork and labwork.

There may also be costs relating to residential fieldwork.  The Faculty runs an extensive fieldwork programme which is an exciting feature of our courses. These vary in cost according to the location and the length of the field course. Below is a list of fieldtrips which are running in the 2019/20 academic year. Please note that several programmes run a compulsory residential field course.

Our fieldwork

Where the field course is a compulsory part of the programme, the transport and accommodation are paid by the Faculty.

Fieldwork Programme for 2021/2022 Academic Year

In addition to field days, the Faculty runs an extensive residential fieldwork programme both in the United Kingdom and overseas. The programme does change to respond to academic developments but the schedule below shows those which may run in 2021/2022*.


Programme Usual date Location Approximate cost
Earth Sciences stage 2 Sept South West England Zero
Physical Geography and Geology final stage TBC 2021 Somerset Zero
Oceanography and Coastal Process/Ocean Exploration and Surveying/Ocean Science and Marine Conservation/Ocean Science stage 4 Sept Isles of Scilly Zero
Oceanography and Coastal Process/Ocean Exploration and Surveying/Ocean Science and Marine Conservation/Ocean Science stage 4 Sept Sundays River Zero
Oceanography and Coastal Processes stage 4 Jan Bahamas Zero
Earth Sciences stage 4 TBC 2022 Sicily TBC
BSc Geology/BSc Applied Geology/MGeol/BSc PGG/BSc Geology Ocean Science stage 4 April Death Valley £1,150
Geology stage 2 May Pyrenees Zero
Geology stage 1 TBC 2022 Cornwall Zero
Geology stage 4 TBC Earth Science Mapping Camp Varies
Environmental Science stage 2 April Slapton Zero
Geography/Geography & Ocean Science/Geography/International Relations stage 2 April Brittany TBC
Geography/Geography & Ocean Science/Geography/International Relations stage 2 May USA (Pacific North West) £550
Navigation & Maritime Science stage 1 May Dartmoor TBC
Navigation & Maritime Science stage 2 April Plymouth sailing TBC
Conservation Biology stage 2 April Costa Rica Zero
Biological Sciences stage 1 April Slapton Zero
Conservation Biology stage 1 Mar Cadiz/Zahara TBC
Animal Behaviour and Welfare final stage Mar Netherlands Zero
Animal Behaviour and Welfare stage 1 TBC Slapton TBC
Zoology stage 2 Jun/Aug Kenya Zero
MSc Sustainable Aquaculture Systems April Scotland Zero
Biological Sciences stage 2 Jul/ Aug Azores TBC
Marine Biology and Oceanography stage 2 TBC Sweden TBC
Marine Biology stage 2 May Portugal Zero
Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology/Marine Biology and Oceanography/Marine Biology stage 1 Mar - May Roscoff Zero
Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology stage 2 April Wales Zero

*All costs and dates are based on the previous year and are subject to change. Some trips may require flights to be booked at additional cost.

There will be additional costs if you choose an optional field course. Occasionally, you will be expected to make your own way to a departure point – for example, when a field course is starting at the end of a vacation and it is more practical to meet at an airport rather than in Plymouth.

Students undertaking a field-based course are expected to have appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear.

Graduation costs

Student ticket: free of change
Adult guest tickets: £30
Children 7-12: £15
Children 0-6: free of charge
Graduates must wear academic dress: Exact cost dependent on award. Costs on average: £45

Our decision to use Plymouth Hoe as a Graduation venue was undertaken in consultation with staff and students. It affords our graduates the opportunity to celebrate their success in a spectacular setting with the opportunity to bring a higher number of guests than previous venues would permit. As with many graduation venues, there is of course an associated cost. To help offset these, we charge guests to attend. This is consistent with many other universities, however unlike many other institutions, we do not charge graduates for their attendance. The post-event feedback we receive is that our ceremonies are thoroughly enjoyed and are good value for money. All University of Plymouth tickets include; attendance at the ceremony; full colour souvenir programme; entrance to the Post-Ceremony Reception; sparkling wine/soft drink and buffet. It's important to stress that the University makes no money whatsoever from graduation. The revenue we receive from guest ticket sales only goes part way towards offsetting the costs of the event.