Where students thrive within a supportive environment

There are many reasons to choose the University of Plymouth. Its location in one of the UK’s friendliest cities, being named one of the world’s top 25 institutions in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021, and its status as a sustainable university is barely beginning to scratch the surface of its awards.

For Rachel Samuel, a graduate of the MGeol Geology course (Hons), the reason for choosing Plymouth was simple. Plymouth is a nice location to study. “The campus is based on a single site, which is something I also found convenient,” Samuel says.

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Rachel Samuel loves the picturesque location of Plymouth. Source: University of Plymouth

With wild and unspoiled Dartmoor National Park to the north and pristine coastlines to the south, both are within easy reach of the campus in downtown Plymouth, which Samuel also found very attractive.

Regardless of the breathtaking landscape, its strategic location provides students with a platform to conduct important fieldwork as part of their educational experience in the College of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, just a short ride from campus. The fieldwork program allows students to experiment and develop a range of essential skills outside of a laboratory or lecture hall. The local nature of fieldwork is not only convenient, but also sustainable; However, there are also opportunities to explore other environments not found in the UK on a number of overseas trips.

Geography programs offer field courses to Western Australia, Western USA, Iceland and France, while geology students visit the United States and Italy as part of their studies. They also have the opportunity to do dissertation work abroad. In the Environmental Science course, students travel to the ecologically fun island of Malta. It is no wonder why students enjoy and appreciate the fieldwork program in Plymouth.

Samuel adds: “The scope of the fieldwork provided with the course was fantastic. I have seen some beautiful geological outcrops in southwest England, Cyprus and the Isle of Skye. There is nothing like being able to test your skills and see real geology.”

Many employers also value the skills acquired by students who go on local and international field business trips as they develop highly desirable skills, including data gathering, independence, and the ability to work in different environments.

Unparalleled learning environment

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences in Plymouth comprises four broad subjects with undergraduate and graduate options: geography, earth sciences, environmental sciences, and chemistry.

The university has had a rich history of welcoming international students for over 25 years, and many of its international graduates can attest to the benefits of their programs.

Desiree Lucches, an Italian graduate of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Environmental Sciences program, describes her time in Plymouth as a “very valuable and comprehensive learning experience”, thanks to the fieldwork she took in her first year.

The Norwegian students Ole Petter Løtvedt and Ida Martine Kästel said the master’s planning course was very suitable for them as international students, adding that their lectures were by knowledgeable and comprehensive academics.

“We feel that the Master of Science has prepared us for the variety of challenges that arise when planning in the built environment. The Master of Planning has given us insight into what it means to be a planner. It has encouraged critical thinking and reflection.”

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Tanya Chen Tang enjoyed her Master of Science course in Plymouth. Source: University of Plymouth

Tanya Shen Tang, who graduated with a master’s degree in Environmental Consulting, explains that her program has provided many opportunities for students to be highly involved and involved in industrial practice, either through networking with people coming directly from various sectors of the industry, or through industrial training. expertise.

“The students in our program had good ideas of what they wanted to do and how they could do it before they graduated, which I think is a huge achievement for the masters course,” she says.

Aside from the courses, students also have access to many exceptional facilities in Plymouth to facilitate their learning, including ISO accredited chemistry laboratories, geography and earth sciences laboratories, a geographic mapping unit and a marine station. The LABplus Resource Center and the Plymouth Electron Microscopy Center are also available for hands-on learning and specialized research.

supportive learning environment

In addition to a number of excellent technical facilities, Plymouth has also invested in a range of services to provide 360-degree support to its students that covers different aspects of their needs – from finance to mental health and career support. This is part of the ethos of treating students as partners in the university journey.

Those interested in finance can, for example, explore Plymouth scholarships, awards, or discounts for international students. The university is also home to Student Wellbeing Services, a multidisciplinary team that provides mental health, counseling, pastoral and spiritual support, as well as disability services.

Students who need support with their learning can also benefit from the expertise of the Learning Development Team where they can take advantage of the school’s own faculty and support, individual tutorials and digital resources for independent and distance study.

Those looking to enhance their career readiness can take advantage of our Careers Friendly Service, which provides information, advice and guidance to students and alumni on building skills, experience, and contacts to enhance their employability. Plymouth has an “open door policy” for students who also need guidance from academics and technical staff. Collectively, these experiences ensure that students have the best possible learning experience and make the most of their time at university.

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