Facilities and resources - marine renewable energy

From a state of the art wave and current test basin to a dedicated ocean going research vessel to a wealth of computer laboratories and software, you’ll benefit from a range of facilities and resources that will help your learning and development.

New facilities

Our School of Marine Science and Engineering is based in the Reynolds Building, adjacent to the well-equipped Brunel laboratories. Located next door is our new £19 million world-class marine facility, the Marine Building opened by HRH Duke of Edinburgh in October 2012, which provides some of the best research and testing facilities in the country.

The associated Coast Laboratory which will be featured in coursework activities as well as be available for dissertation projects.

You’ll also have opportunities to experience the ocean environment from University of Plymouth's dedicated research vessel, Falcon Spirit.  A 15 metre catamaran which is used, along with smaller boats, for group practicals and individual project work spanning collection of seabed and water samples and acquisition of hydrographic survey and oceanographic datasets.


Our extensive library houses nearly half a million books, journals and other resources. It also features a computing area that’s open around the clock, a media work shop and study rooms.