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Academic and personal support

Your personal tutor will provide both academic and personal support and guidance throughout your years at Plymouth. We take special pride in the enthusiasm of our staff and the quality of our student support. Personal development planning is integrated into our degree courses through the personal tutor system and gives time for you to plan and reflect on your learning and to apply it to objectives and opportunities that are relevant to you. We offer a wide range of specialist advice, including a dedicated study skills unit, which provides online support and workshops to support your learning.

Optional work placement

All our courses offer you the opportunity to enrich your course and career prospects through taking up an approved work placement as part of your degree course. This takes place at the end of your second year and must last a minimum of 6 months. This experience can be vital in gaining employment once you've finished your degree. 


We have well-equipped undergraduate laboratories, with specialised facilities including controlled environment chambers, experimental glasshouses and an electron microscopy unit, meaning you will enter the workplace familiar and confident in the use of the latest technologies.