Marine Institute


Representing 3000 staff, researchers and students, the University of Plymouth's Marine Institute is the first and largest such institute in the UK.

We provide the external portal to our extensive pool of world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities, enabling us to understand the relationship between the way we live, the seas that surround us and the development of sustainable policy solutions.

We are integrating our multidisciplinary expertise in marine and maritime research, education and innovation to train new scientists, engineers, policy-makers, artists, technicians and business managers of the future.

The staff represented by the Marine Institute are housed within four University faculties (science and engineering, arts and humanities, business, health and human sciences) and form the broadest portfolio of marine expertise within a single institute in Europe.

We hope you enjoy reading about the scope and the relevance of the research and facilities the Marine Institute represents and the University’s marine education and innovation activities.

Together with our partners, we are responding to the challenge of providing science, education, technological innovation and business leadership for tomorrow’s world.


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Our research, teaching and facilities

Did you know...?

  • ? Our researchers discovered, and coined the term, 'microplastics'
  • @ Our work into Marine Protected Areas has informed UK government plans for conservation
  • ? We have unique technology used for multi-driver experiments on marine organisms
  • @ 5 - 10% of our undergraduate students will publish academic papers

Ashfords LLP Marine Prize

Leading law firm, Ashfords LLP, is delighted to sponsor the Ashfords' Marine Prize at the University of Plymouth.

The prize is open to University of Plymouth students whose final year research project is within the marine sector and is of relevance to UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources). Projects also need to demonstrate a tangible impact or benefit to Plymouth and or other coastal regions.

Find out how to apply