Marine Institute

Our mission is to advance sustainable use of the marine environment through our systems-thinking approach to research, education and innovation.

With one of the largest marine and maritime portfolios of any institution in Europe, we have a long-held and outstanding international reputation for conducting world-leading, transdisciplinary research.

Through this, with our partners and collaborators, we are developing and optimising positive interventions in response to global challenges, while training the scientists and business leaders of the future.

We have joined forces with the Marine Biological Association and Plymouth Marine Laboratory to launch Marine Research Plymouth. Collectively, we host the largest number of marine scientists in any UK city and establish Plymouth as an international centre of excellence for marine research.

Student prizes and bursaries
The prize is open to current undergraduate students whose final year research project relates to the marine sector.
Scholarships for postgraduate marine-related courses at the University. 


Award-winning recognition for our contributions to marine research and teaching

Research highlights and top stories

From first coining the word ‘microplastics’ to leading the UK’s offshore renewable energy consortium and launching world-first maritime cybersecurity facilities, our researchers are making headlines in the pursuit of healthy, resilient oceans.

Marine Institute news

<p>Microplastic samples collected from the North Atlantic during the eXXpedition Round the World voyage (Credit: Sophie Dingwall)</p>
Study demonstrates how microplastic particles differ across the Atlantic Ocean

The research was conducted by scientists at the University working with the charity eXXpedition

22 November 2022