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University of Portsmouth

United Kingdom


Located on England's south coast, Portsmouth is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with some of the UK's best weather. Most university buildings are in the heart of this compact city. Everything students need is close by, including: four miles of beautiful beach excellent nightlife and entertainment and accommodation. Portsmouth welcomes 5,200 international and EU students from around 150 countries and has around 31,000 students total.

The Students' Union offers 150 sports clubs and societies for all interests, so there's always a lot of fun to be had on campus. Portsmouth is one of the UK's most affordable cities for students (NatWest Student Living Index 2020). London is just 90 minutes away, and ferries cross regularly to Europe.

The university has a five-star rating for teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, arts and culture, and inclusiveness (QS Top University Guide 2021).

With courses designed to meet the challenges of the competitive global jobs market, students will be well prepared for a successful career. 94 per cent of Portsmouth students are working or in further study after finishing their course (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019).

Students can choose from hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees spanning business creativity and culture humanities science and technology. Portsmouth focuses on making students more employable, with paid work placements, or opportunities to practice their skills in simulated environments like the mock courtroom. Recent research breakthroughs at the university include developing a plastic-eating enzyme to tackle pollution.

Students can enrich their experience by learning a language for free, volunteering, or exchanging with another global university. The Careers and Employability Service can connect students to opportunities including part-time work while they study and their first job after graduation.

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What's new

What's new

The University is building an outstanding new £57 million public sports centre opening in 2021 for you to play, train and compete. The superb facilities set in historic parkland include a 25m 8 lane swimming pool, 175 station fitness suite, climbing wall, ski simulator, cafe and community orchard. A range of classes and courses, personal training and very affordable membership with great benefits will be available.

Ravelin Sports Centre will be one of the UK's greenest sports centres aiming to be net zero carbon ready through creating renewable energy, maximising natural drainage and developing biodiversity.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Portsmouth's expert lecturers have years of experience, in teaching and industry, and frequently in both. Many remain active in their professions, and because they're continuously developing their knowledge, they teach students all the relevant, most-recent things they need to know, so they can hit the ground running upon graduation.

The majority of Portsmouth's research is rated as 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent' by the Research Excellence Framework (REF), which independently assesses the quality of research in UK universities.

Much of the research is carried out by the same people who teach students, and thus the breakthroughs and discoveries made feed directly into their courses. Students will be exploring the latest theories and developing original ideas as part of their studies. It's not all classrooms and textbooks, at Portsmouth, students can also apply what they learn in outstanding simulated work environments and learning spaces.

Law students practice their skills in a replica court, while students from disciplines such as criminology and social work can experience being an expert witness in a simulated legal case.

Students can apply their skills in the local community too, for example dental students, who treat NHS patients in the Dental Academy and sport and exercise science students, who run coaching courses at local schools.

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Student safety

Student safety

Students are supported 24/7 by the university's Campus Security and Surveillance team, who work to ensure students are studying in a safe environment. The team is available 24 hours a day throughout the year, for emergencies and non-emergency queries. There are also CCTV cameras in most university buildings and halls which are monitored throughout the day by security officers.

The university benefits from its own university police liaison officer. Students who are a victim of a crime can report to the police officer for support. The officer is also available to meet at a weekly drop-in service on campus.

StudentWatch is a programme that aims to improve student safety and awareness. The scheme is a joint initiative with the Hampshire Constabulary and the university. Student volunteers are a point of contact for students with safety concerns and can provide support and advice on being a good neighbour, marking your property, fire safety advice, street sense and protecting property.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The University of Portsmouth has course specific entry requirements, however students need to meet basic conditions for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Specific entry requirements are detailed on each course page. As a guide, for degree level study, applicants need to have the equivalent of:

  • 2 or 3 good 'A' Levels (GCE Advanced Level)
  • Or a recognised Access/Foundation course
  • Or an International Baccalaureate (minimum score 24)
  • Or an EDEXCEL (BTEC) National Certificate or Diploma (Merit profile)
  • Or High School Leaving Certificate, if it is deemed equivalent to 'A' Level Standard
  • Some courses have higher entry requirements, especially where they are recognised by professional bodies.

As a guide, for master's degree level applications, applicants will need to have:

  • A good degree pass in a relevant discipline or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience in the appropriate field

Every application is considered individually and many factors such as maturity, motivation and work experience are considered in support of the application. Applications are welcome from students with advanced standing for direct entry to Portsmouth programmes. Students should forward copies of their transcripts (in English) with their application forms, so that an assessment can be made with regard to recognition of previous study.

Students must demonstrate the necessary proficiency in English. As a general guide, the following English language requirements must be fulfilled:

  • IELTS 5.5 for foundation
  • IELTS 6.0 for undergraduate
  • IELTS 6.0 to 7.0 for postgraduate entry

Specific scores might be required depending on the course. Students who do not meet the required English language requirements may be able to gain access to the university via an International College Portsmouth (ICP) pathway programme, or by completing our pre-sessional English programme. Students can find out more about country specific requirements on the university website.

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Portsmouth offers excellent facilities including a model pharmacy, courtroom, forensics house, creative studios, tv studios and cutting-edge laboratories. Learning at Portsmouth is much more than just lecture theatres. For many of the courses, students work in real-life learning environments such as a courtroom or pharmacy. These simulated environments demonstrate the strong professional focus of the courses and prepare learners for employment.

As a city campus, all teaching facilities and most of the residences are in the centre of Portsmouth. The campus is made up of over 40 buildings with green grass spaces and communal areas such as cafes and shops.

All new students are guaranteed accommodation in their first year, meaning they'll be living either in the city centre or on the seafront. There are a range of accommodation options including self-catered or catered, shared bathroom or en suite and single-sex or mixed-sex flats.

Students have access to free Wi-Fi and use of thousands of PCs and laptops across the campus and in the library. The library is open 24/7 during term time and provides access to hundreds of thousands of books, e-books and journals, with extensive online access to resources.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

International students are expected to be fully self-supporting whilst studying at Portsmouth. Before being granted a visa to come and study in the UK, the student must submit proof of adequate financial provision. The university does however, offer a small number of scholarships exclusively for International students:

  • The Vice Chancellor's Global Development Scholarship takes the form of a GBP 1,600 fee reduction that will apply to the first year of study. Eligible students from selected countries will be automatically awarded this scholarship.
  • The Chancellor's Global Academic Merit Scholarship takes the form of a GBP 5,000 fee reduction that will apply to the first year of study. There are limited numbers available to eligible students from selected countries. This scholarship is merit based.

Eligibility varies depending on course of study and nationality. Students can find out more about the scholarships offered on the university website. Some external scholarships are available to help with the financial costs of going to university. These include the following:

  • Santander Scholarships: The scholarships, which take the form of a fee waiver are awarded on academic merit. Eligible candidates, in receipt of an unconditional offer, are invited to apply for the scholarship.
  • Chevening Scholarships: The highly sought-after scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a one-year master's degree in any subject.
  • Commonwealth Scholarships: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission supports scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development.
  • GREAT Scholarships: GREAT Scholarships are available to students from India and China and are offered in partnership with the British Council.

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