University of Portsmouth

2015 League Table Ranking 63
2015 Overall Score 632
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Entry Standards 311 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 2.24 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,172 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.05 Help
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Facilities Spend 226 Help
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Graduate Prospects 63.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 88.1 Help
Degree Completion
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Good Honours 71.2 Help
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The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 41.0 Help
Green Score
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  • 1869 Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and Art founded.
  • 1992 Portsmouth Polytechnic became a University.

Location and Transport

  • Superb facilities at a vibrant city centre location, close to the sea in the City of Portsmouth.
  • Lots of flat ground for cycling, cheap cabs, easy rail and road links to London; cross Channel ferry port.
  • Lively student pub and club scene.

Entry Standards

  • Entry standards vary. Some courses like psychology and pharmacy require high A level grades.
  • The University welcomes students without traditional qualifications if they have potential.
  • Find out more about entry requirements at the University of Portsmouth website.

Student Mix

The 21900 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

  • Many courses provide opportunities to gain credit through work placements.
  • Combined honours programme enables students to study two subjects in depth.
  • Employability is now embedded and assessed in every course with specialist advisers teaching work-related skills.

Teaching Standards

  • The University of Portsmouth was again ranked in the top 400 universities in the world in the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings published in 2013. The independent rankings place Portsmouth in the top two per cent of universities worldwide and among the best in Europe.
  • We have a strong teaching record, receiving the highest possible rating in the most recent Quality Assurance Agency audit. 
  • Portsmouth rates highly in the National Student Survey with an overall satisfaction rating of 88% placing it in the top 30% of mainstream English universities for overall satisfaction and joint top of the post-92 universities.
  • Over 600 radiographers, paramedics, medical technologists, pharmacists, clinicians and social workers graduate from the University each year.
  • The University has four Kauffman scholars (entrepreneurial internships in the USA) – more than any other British university.

Research Standards

  • Research at Portsmouth is flourishing and we are particularly proud that the University’s total annual research income has grown to over £7 million in the last decade.
  • All faculties are involved in research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise three subject areas (Applied Mathematics, Allied Health Professions and Studies, and European Studies) were judged to be world class and among the top research groups in their subject areas in the UK. The University received a 13% increase in research funding following success in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The average increase across the sector was 8%.
  • In European Studies, 100% of submitted research was graded internationally excellent or world leading.
  • In Applied Mathematics, where the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation carries out internationally recognised research in cosmology, Portsmouth is equal first with Cambridge, Durham and Oxford, with 75% of its research internationally excellent and world-leading. Funding has now increased by nearly 80%.
  • In Allied Health Professions and Studies, Portsmouth is in the top three for funding in England in this subject area. The research is based in the Institute of Biomedical and Bimolecular Sciences, with contributions from the Department of Sport and Exercise Science.
  • The University scored highly in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, and in Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering, with much of their research judged to be excellent and world class. Funding has since increased by 120%.
  • The University also has well-developed strengths in applied research with business, industry, and the public and voluntary sectors.

Academic Strengths

  • We offer students a broad range of subject choice, with employability skills and training embedded throughout 450 different degree programmes.
  • Many newly-built and up-to-date real-life learning facilities, such as a mock courtroom, pharmacy, journalism newsroom, forensic house and the Dental Academy. These provide the strong combination of developing real-life professional skills and cross-discipline working that help connect theory and practice, leading to high employment potential.
  • A significant number of our courses are accredited or validated by professional organisations and many more offer an accelerated route to qualifying within a profession or obtaining chartered status.
  • 84.8% of graduates were in employment and study six months after completing their course in 2011–12.

Student Facilities

  • Award-winning library in a central location, offering in excess of 380,000 books, over 38,000 periodicals, study places for more than 800 readers zoned for quiet, silent and group study and friendly staff available to help on each floor, plus specialist help from Faculty Librarians.
  • A further 200 study spaces are available in the Library's recently refurbished neighbouring 3rd Space social study zone.
  • Extensive access to electronic resources both on and off campus, including over 120,000 e-books and nearly 38,000 e-journals, as well as online newspaper archives and full-text databases of other resources, including sound, video, images, financial information, market reports, company data, and statistics.
  • New students are given a library induction and there is a rolling programme of workshops and drop-in sessions open to all students.
  • Students have access to four open-access IT areas with PCs and Macs; printing facilities; laptop working areas and group working spaces; automated laptop loans; a fast, extensive and free wireless network; and IT support available 24 hours a day, every day all year.
  • All students have free access to the campus wide wireless network including in all halls of residence.  Also in halls students have free high-speed broadband (up to 100 Mbps via standard wired Ethernet), digital TV with a wide range of channels and phone software allowing students and their friends and families to call each other at no cost, using a PC.

Disability Services

  • The Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC) provides advice and arranges support for all disabled students and applicants. Support covers any condition that may adversely impact on your ability to access the campus, the curriculum, the teaching, learning and assessment processes and all other University services available to students.
  • Please telephone +44 (0)23 9284 3462, email or visit the University website for information about disability services at the University of Portsmouth.

Students' Union

  • A £6.5-million student centre caters for the multicultural population of the University with alcohol-free area and a students' bar. There is also anew social learning space, Third Space, with cafe, wireless internet and learning spaces for individuals and groups.
  • More than 100 clubs and societies run a lively programme of activities and events.
  • Visit the website for more details about the Students' Union at the University of Portsmouth.


  • The University has invested nearly £1 million in a new full size all-weather 3G pitch, suitable for playing football, rugby, lacrosse and American football. 3G stands for 3rd Generation rubber crumb filled synthetic grass, which is a type of plastic grass that looks and feels just like the real thing.
  • Modern indoor facilities (resistance and cardiovascular training gyms, dance studios and sports hall).
  • Excellent outdoor (flood lit) facilities.
  • Partnership with Navy Sailing Centre, Southsea Rowing Club and tennis dome provide access for student clubs.
  • Elite and development level Sports Scholarships provided for top level sportsmen and women.
  • The Department of Sport and Recreations has professional links and partnerships within the local sporting community to support athletes' development, as well as a volunteering programme focussing on social responsibility, widening participation, enhancing student experience and student employability. In the last two years the Department has been named BUCS Sports Development project of the year and been recognised as excellent by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Recent/Prospective New Builds

Recent builds include:

  • A new £14-million wing on the Eldon Building opened in 2013, which provides the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries with brand new purpose-built facilities.  to include an exhibition space, artists' studios and a 250-seat professional theatre and film screening facility open to the community. They include a new 200 seat cinema-quality screening room which doubles as a lecture theatre, a new exhibition space, seven large seminar rooms, an art shop and purpose-built fashion, textiles, architecture and interior design studios.
  • Plans are also underway for a new building in the city centre with 598 student bedrooms and approximately 4,500 square metres of teaching space.
  • The £9-million Dental Academy, which trains student dentists in their final year at King's College London in team-based primary care setting working alongside other professionals complementary to dentistry, opened in September 2010.
  • A £1-million model pharmacy to help train pharmacists opened in 2009.
  • A £9-million building for the internationally recognised Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation opened in 2009.
  • Following the launch of the new School of Law, a £1-million state-of-the-art mock courtroom has also opened for those studying law, forensics, criminology and related courses.
  • The £11-million green library complex, integrated into its 1970s predecessor, has won a host of awards, the latest being the 2010 Solent Design Awards and Peoples' Choice awards for best building.
  • Earlier developments included the aluminium-clad St Michael's Building which has had £750,000 spent on refurbishing laboratories, and the eco-friendly Portland Building, with its solar panels. The Business School is housed in a £12-million building on the main campus. Other recent additions include a sports science building equipped with laboratories, a swimming flume and two British Olympic Medical Centre accredited climatic chambers. The Centre for Counter Fraud Studies opened in June 2009.
  • A rebuilt £1.1-million nursery for the children of students and staff opened in 2010.
  • The Centre for Molecular Design, the UK's first dedicated brain tumour research centre, opened in December 2010.
  • A new BSc (Hons) Applied Physics course started in September 2010.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Good opportunities for part-time and holiday work within walking distance with the city’s many bars, restaurants and clubs, particularly in the thriving Gunwharf Quays seafront complex.
  • The specialist in-house recruitment team works with businesses to offer a variety of graduate jobs, work experience and voluntary positions locally and throughout the UK, and helps students develop their career prospects while studying and after graduation. 
  • Students have free access to specialist advice on careers, job applications and job interviews.
  • International students can attend workshops on employment legislation in the UK.
  • In the last five years the recruitment team has placed more than 1,500 students and graduates into volunteer and graduate roles.
  • Five dedicated placement officers help undergraduates secure year-out placements and internships.

Notable Alumni

  • Grayson Perry CBE – Turner prizewinning artist.
  • Shirley Conran – Writer.
  • Ben Fogle – Television presenter and adventurer.
  • Simon Armitage CBE – award-winning poet.
  • John Armitt – Chairman Olympic Delivery Authority 2012.
  • Major Tim Peake – Astronaut.
  • Martin Whitmarsh – Team Principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and CEO of McLaren Group.
  • Will King – Founder and CEO of King of Shaves.
  • Kirit Patel – Founder and CEO of Day Lewis Pharmacies.
  • Lord Chidgey – Politician.
  • Richard Frediani – Programme Editor ITV News at 6.30.
  • Nick Kennedy – England & Harlequins Rugby Player.
  • Simon Newton – Reporter BBC News.

For further information

  • +44 (0)23 9284 8484
  • University of Portsmouth
    University House
    Winston Churchill Avenue
    PO1 2UP
UCAS Code P80

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