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The University of Plymouth provides professional diving qualifications on a numbers of its courses, the only university in the country to provide this. This is provided by the University's own diving centre based next to Queen Anne's Battery Marina, with its full time team of instructors and dedicated boats and equipment.
In October 2005, The Sun newspaper voted the University of Plymouth as having the most bizarre degree course in the country, the BSc (Hons) in Surf Science & Technology. Commonly known as "surfing", this course is actually centred on coastal/ocean sciences, surfing equipment/clothing design and surfing-related business, which has its popularity increased by the geographical location of the University.
The faculty is home to the Plymouth Law School, the School of Management and the School of Tourism and Hospitality. Courses on offer include in the areas of: Accounting Banking and Finance, Business, Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, Economics, Hospitality, International Relations, Law, Management and Leadership, Marketing, Politics, Public Services, Shipping and Logistics, Sports and Leisure Management, Tourism.
The University of Plymouth has strong links with the cruising industry; the Plymouth Business School, offers courses in the Maritime and Cruising sector. The school offers BSc (Hons) in Cruise Management, where students can opt to take a year out to work with P&O or Princess Cruises for a period of two, four month periods.. The University is also globally renowned for its courses in international shipping and logistics.
The Peninsula Medical School, part of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, was established in 2000, and operates as a partnership between the University of Plymouth and the University of Exeter.
The University of Plymouth Colleges (UPC) network is a partnership between the University of Plymouth and local colleges that brings degrees to local doorsteps. There are hundreds of higher education courses available. UPC also provides many opportunities for progression on to other qualifications. For example, someone who has spent two years studying for a foundation degree at their local college and who has successfully passed their exams can, if they wish, move on to the final year of a full honours degree at the University of Plymouth.
Bicton College, Bridgwater College,City of Bristol College, City College Plymouth, Cornwall College, East Devon College, Exeter College, Greenwich School of Management, North Devon College, Penwith College, Somerset College of Arts and Technology (SCAT), South Devon College, Truro College
UPC Associates: Estover Community College, Highlands College Jersey, John Kitto Community College, Strode College, Weymouth College, Moustraining Ltd, Plymouth Devon International College (PDIC),
For first year students, halls of residence and cluster flats are approved by the university. About 50% of first year students can gain a room in these facilities; unsuccessful applicants have to search for alternative accommodation. A 'Find a Home Event' has been introduced in order for first year students as well as other returning students to help find accommodation.
The University Partnership Programme (UPP) supplies and manages the student halls of residence at the university. The halls are split up and placed together in a 'student village'. All halls of residence come complete connected to the University of Plymouth's computer network free of charge, students can access internet and email facilities both internal and external. Different halls of residence offer different facilities:
Francis Drake Hall of Residence Centre of campus (Next to Rolle) En suite rooms and some studio flats