The University Structure

The University of Plymouth is structured according to faculties, schools and professional service areas.


There are five core academic faculties, supported by 15 schools. They are:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities:
  • Plymouth Institute of Education
  • School of Art, Design and Architecture
  • School of Humanities and Performing Arts
Faculty of Business:
  • Plymouth Business School
  • School of Law, Criminology and Government
Faculty of Health and Human Sciences:
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Psychology
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry:
  • Peninsula Dental School
  • Peninsula Medical School
  • School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Engineering:
  • School of Biological and Marine Sciences
  • School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research Institutes

There are also eight research institutes at Plymouth that draw membership from the 1,500 academic staff, often crossing faculties and disciplines. They are externally focused and act as a portal into the different research clusters within the institution. They are:

  • Arts Institute
  • Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research
  • Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO)
  • Cognition Institute
  • Institute for Translational and Stratified Medicine
  • Sustainable Earth Institute
  • Institute for Health and Community
  • Marine Institute

Professional Services

Supporting the faculties and research institutes are the following professional service areas:

  • Academic Partnerships
  • External Relations
  • Office of the Vice Chancellor
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Academic Registry¬†
  • Finance and Sustainability
  • Planning and Analytics Office
  • Technology Information Services
  • Doctoral College
  • Human Resources
  • Research and Innovation
  • Estates and Facilities¬†
  • Library and Digital Support
  • Student Services including Careers and Employability