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University of Plymouth Marine Institute


+44 (0)1752 584 956


+44 (0)1752 584 950



Level 3 Marine Building
Drake Circus
United Kingdom


training, studies, research, Consultants, Advisers, environmental monitoring, modelling, Assessment, Conference organisers, facilities, testing, Coastal, navigation, Vessels, ROV, profiler, turbulence, wave, education, Undergraduate, postgraduate

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180 specialists working in marine and maritime innovation, education and research


The Marine Institute was inaugurated in 2006 to bring together, support and promote our marine and maritime expertise that is helping to provide practical solutions for a sustainable marine future. The Marine Institute aims to do this through an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to marine and maritime research, education and innovation.

Supported by over 400 project scientists, specialists and other University staff, the Marine Institute represents the broadest portfolio of expertise in Europe, providing a focus for Plymouth University’s reputation as an international leader in marine science, technology and business.

Our Marine Building welcomes clients to work on wave device testing, and other offshore and coastal engineering, in our ocean basin; our COAST (Coastal ocean and sediment transport) laboratory provides facilities for testing with combined waves, currents and wind. The main focus of the building is to provide world class research and training facilities and encourage new research and business opportunities.



Merchant navy officer training

Foundation and honours degree courses for Merchant navy officer training


Internationally renowned experts provide a range of services including research and testing.

Marine environmental monitoring

The Marine Institute provides enterprising and innovative solutions to help businesses become more competitive and environmentally friendly.

Conference organisers and facilities

We have a team of dedicated event co-ordinators able to provide support and facilities for all aspects of event organisation & management.

The COAST (Coastal ocean and sediment transport) laboratory provides facilities for testing with combined waves, currents and wind. Click here for more information

Our Marine Innovation Centre can provide support for SMEs and larger companies in accessing university expertise and facilities. Click here for more information

Sea systems test equipment

The COAST (Coastal ocean and sediment transport) laboratory provides facilities for testing with combined waves, currents and wind.

Environmental assessment

Internationally renowned experts provide a range of environmental assessment services. This includes leading expertise and state-of-the-art equipment (ROVs, towed/drop cameras) for undertaking high definition video surveys of the seabed for environmental monitoring, impact assessment and habitat characterisation.

Offshore research

Staff represented by the Marine Institute have proven and recognised ability in research, particularly collaborative and applied research. They will work with businesses in defining research needs and engage with research partners in the delivery of relevant R&D.

Project management

Business professionals within the Marine Institute and our Marine Innovation Centre can bring many years of project development and management experience to provide research programme management or to develop knowledge transfer activities.

Engineering consultancy

Internationally renowned experts provide a range of engineering consultancy services.
The Advanced Composites Manufacturing centre is involved in applications in creating structures for industry including the marine and renewables industries.

Ship navigation simulator

The Ship Simulator (Transas 7) offers a hands-on experience of navigation and collision avoidance. The University Ship Simulator is a state-of-the-art system.

RV Falcon Spirit – 13.65m survey vessel

The Falcon Spirit is a 13.65m catamaran research vessel MCA coded for 14 people to work up to 60 miles from safe haven and capable of a 165 mile range at a 15 knot service speed. With a beam of six metres it offers a large and stable 25m of flood lit configurable aft deck space. Internally the vessel has dry laboratory space for a minimum of six workstations, plus a separate wet laboratory facility.


Saab SeaEye Falcon ROV

Microstructure profiler

Measurement of turbulent velocity fluctuations throughout the water column

Deep and shallow water Acoustic Doppler Current

Profilers (all capable of wave measurement)

Wave buoys

Phase locked sensing of directional wave climate time series

High Frequency Radar array

Land-based real-time measurements of wave heights and directions


Undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in marine and maritime subject areas. Research opportunities

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