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.
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Advancing knowledge on topics including climate change, offshore renewable energy, storm impacts, maritime cybersecurity, habitat protection and biodiversity, the blue economy and more
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Connecting industry with academic expertise to develop innovative real-world solutions and provide business support
1st in world for marine, 23rd in world for sustainable development (THE Impact Rankings 2021)
Two-time Queen’s Anniversary Prize winner: solutions for the global marine sector (2011) and world-leading microplastics discovery work (2019)
Ranked the top UK university for Marine and Ocean Engineering in the ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019
Research highlights and top stories
An international team of scientists used 25 years of reef survey and sea surface temperature data to document changes in coral cover
Plymouth shortlisted as University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2022
The shortlisting acknowledges the University’s international reputation for outstanding marine and maritime research and teaching
Could shipworms be destroying the wreck of Captain Cook’s Endeavour?
Dr Reuben Shipway has studied the wreck thought to be HMS Endeavour and identified the particular species present at the wreck site
South West innovators collaborate to develop enhanced solutions for seagrass monitoring
The University is working with HydroSurv and Valeport on a new technique to monitor temporal changes in seagrass coverage
Sand dunes experience significant erosion due to sea-level rise and extreme storms
Researchers believe the dunes covered in a new study could retreat anywhere between 20 and 75 metres between now and 2100
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