Marine Station

The Marine Station is a landmark £4.65 million development which serves as the base for our marine expeditionary work. It's an exceptional teaching and research facility that’s located on the shores of Plymouth Sound – part of our ‘Waterfront Campus’, with classrooms extending out into the natural environment. 

The Marine Station includes:

  • lecture facilities overlooking the sea
  • a wet lab for sample examination and analysis
  • a seawater aquarium
  • field equipment storage and changing facilities
  • a base for research vessels.

Unique to higher education in the UK, the Marine Station is also a centre of excellence for diving that enables you to get professional diving qualifications and develop valuable industry-relevant skills.

HSE Professional SCUBA diving course

Plymouth is unique in offering our students the opportunity to gain the HSE Professional SCUBA certification alongside their degree. The course is an intensive four week full-time programme designed to prepare candidates for undertaking media, scientific and archaeological diving projects. If you are looking to do any underwater work in the UK and be paid, you will require a HSE qualification. The Professional SCUBA course is the minimum requirement if you wish to work on scientific, archaeological or media diving projects. Please note that places on the course are offered subject to availability.

Learn more about the HSE Professional SCUBA diving course

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Marine Station

The University of Plymouth's Marine Station supports teaching and research across the full breadth of marine and environmental science and engineering.

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