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We are proud to share with you our exciting plans for the development of SECaM and its facilities into the next decade. Discover more about our ongoing mission to meet the educational, research and industrial needs of communities and industries in the South West and further afield.

Our School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics currently offers opportunities for our students to study for degrees within six key disciplines:

  • civil and coastal engineering
  • computing
  • electrical, electronic and robotics engineering
  • mathematical sciences
  • mechanical and marine engineering
  • navigation and maritime science.

Our new degree courses and future educational initiatives are designed to equip our graduates to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution. 

Research is also essential to our academic mission, strengthening our interface with industry. Our researchers are working to create new knowledge and use innovations in technology to improve and safeguard societies locally and internationally. Within key research themes of Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE), Medical and Health Technology, Sustainable Development and beyond, expertise across Coastal Engineering, Materials and Structures, Robotics, Cybersecurity, Theoretical Physics and Data Science is brought together within our multidisciplinary research community. 

Our existing facilities and the exciting development of our new Engineering and Design Facility are central to our plans for ongoing successes. SECaM hosts the Marine Building, which contains our world-class Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) Laboratory and Navigation Suite. The school also operates many other state-of-the-art facilities. These include resources for the development of autonomous and robotic systems, the Wolfson Nanomaterials Laboratory, the cybersecurity range and our High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster that provides the power to tackle research in the field of Big Data. We wish to offer you the opportunity to see these for yourself. 

Meeting the demand for energy

  • Awarded OBE for contributions to offshore renewable energy research
  •  Inspiring role model for girls and women in science and engineering
  •  Leader of Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub
  • Head of School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, and Director of Plymouth's COAST Laboratory 
  • Our world-leader in marine renewable energy research

Professor Deborah Greaves OBE

Professor Deborah Greaves. Plymouth Pioneers
Alison Raby. Plymouth pioneers

Extreme wave enthusiast

  • Storm surge and post-tsunami impact expert
  • Protector of coastal heritage structures
  • A passion for environmental and fluid mechanics
  • 20 years global coastal engineering research
  • Leader of our COAST Engineering Research Group 
  • Your lecturer in MSc Coastal and Civil Engineering

Professor Alison Raby


Changing the way our world is built

  • Uses knowledge and experience as motivation
  • Passionate about the built environment
  • Thrives on live construction projects
  • Uses methodical thinking to overcome challenges
  • Working towards a more sustainable future in materials
  • Conner Kearey


    Conner Kearey, Plymouth Pioneers