School of Marine Science and Engineering

Civil and coastal engineering

Our courses are accredited by the professional bodies of the Engineering Council.

Be taught by professional experts from both the civil engineering industry and research fields.

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Marine biology

Plymouth has an unrivalled location and reputation as a centre for marine biology.

A diverse range of rich coastal habitats - estuaries, sandy beaches, and rocky shores - are readily accessible for field trips and your own projects.

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Navigation and maritime science

Navigation and Maritime Science is an exciting degree designed for students who wish to pursue a career as a Professional Yachtsman, Merchant Navy Officer, Superyacht Officers or in Maritime Management.

The course focuses on the interaction of the marine environment, the human element and modern technology.

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Research in the School of Marine Science and Engineering

Be part of an innovative research environment seeking solutions to real-world problems.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise over 80 per cent of our research submissions were judged to be of an international standard or world leading.

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Marine Station

Boasting lecture facilities overlooking the sea, a wet lab for sample examination and analysis, a seawater aquarium, and field equipment storage and changing facilities.

The Marine Station is a landmark £5 million development; a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility on the shores of Plymouth Sound.

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The Hydrographic Academy

The Hydrographic Academy has developed blended distance e-learning programmes that are perfectly suited to marine professionals seeking advancement of skills and qualifications without having to attend university full time.

We have developed a flexible syllabus that meets the growing market need for part time study that fits around your working patterns.

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LABplus is a unique open access laboratory and resource centre designed for students studying science and engineering courses.

The lab provides a flexible workspace, computing facilities, specialist software, access to microscopes, microscope cameras and bespoke resources.