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 2018/19 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.

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.

Fieldwork Programme for 2018/2019 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 are running in 2018/19.  

Programme Date  Location 2018/19 cost to student

Animal Behaviour and Welfare stage 1 April South Devon Zero

Animal Behaviour and Welfare stage 2 April Netherlands Zero*

Biological Sciences stage 1 April South Devon Zero 

Biological Sciences stage 2​ September​ Azores   Zero

Conservation Biology stage 1 March​ Spain   Zero

Conservation Biology stage 2 November Mexico Zero

Earth Sciences MSc October Cyprus Zero

Earth Sciences stage 2 September North Devon Zero

Earth Sciences stage 2 September Pyrenees Zero

Environmental Science stage 1 October Slapton Zero

Environmental Science stage 2 March Malaysia £1000

Environmental Science stage 2 March Cornwall Zero 

Environmental Science stage 2 March Malta £450

Environmental Science stage 2 October Dartmoor Zero

Oceanography and Coastal processes Stage 3 January Bahamas Zero*

Geography and PGG students​ stage 4 May​ USA £700*

Geography and Physical Geography and Geology stage 2 March Ireland Zero

Geography stage 1​ October​ Bath   Zero

Geography stage 2 May Brittany or Ireland Zero

Geography stage 4 May Western Australia £700*  

MSc Sustainable Environmental Management stage 1 October St Ives Zero

Physical Geography and Geology stage 2 April Spain Zero

Geology stage 1 October East Devon and Cornwall Zero

Geology, Applied Geol, MGeol and Geology with Ocean Science May Pembrokeshire Zero
MGeol stage 4 April Death Valley £1150

MGeol stage 1 May North Devon and Cornwall Zero

Geosciences stage 3/4 April Sicily £650

Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology stage 1 April   Roscoff   Zero

Marine Biology and Oceanography stage 2​ March​ Sweden   £343

Marine Biology stage 2 September Portugal Zero

Navigation and Maritime Science May Dartmoor Zero

Ocean Science stage 3 September South Africa Zero*  

Ocean Science stage 3 September Isles of Scilly Zero

Sustainable Aquaculture Systems MSc March Greece Zero

Wildlife Conservation stage 1 April Cadiz Zero

*students purchase their own flights

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.