Marine Station

The Marine Station is a landmark £4.65 million development opened in 2014 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. Such skills have enabled our graduates to work as divers for television documentaries and surveyors for the British Antarctic Survey.

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Our facilities

Situated at Coxside on Plymouth’s historic waterfront, the Marine Station is a short walk from the main University campus and has direct access to the Plymouth Sound and Estuaries Special Area of Conservation and surrounding coasts.
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Professional diving

Plymouth University is unique in offering its students the opportunity to gain the HSE SCUBA certification alongside their degree. Scientific diving skills can be enhanced via an optional academic module and getting involved in research projects.
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Our vessels

Plymouth University has a fleet of vessels ranging from a large aluminium survey vessel to a small beach-launched inflatable. This comprehensive selection of vessels allows many varied activities to be carried out safely, efficiently and comfortably.
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Our equipment

The University has a very extensive suite of marine field equipment, including Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), oceanographic sampling equipment, hydrographic survey and marine biological sampling.

Marine Station

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

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Our people