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University of Portsmouth

2016 League Table Ranking 59
2016 Overall Score 642
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Entry Standards 306 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.75 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,275 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 4.08 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 276 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 66.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 87.6 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 72.7 Help
Good Honours
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 57.6 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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

Location and Transport

  • Located on the south coast of England alongside four miles of beach and extensive green spaces.
  • Located close to the A3, M27 and M3 with good road and rail links to other major cities, including London which is just 90 minutes away by train.
  • A compact city; most university buildings, shops and entertainment are within walking distance of each other.
  • Free University bus service between Guildhall and Langstone campuses, cheap cabs and lots of flat ground for cycling!
  • Regular ferry services to France, Spain and the Isle of Wight.

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 21,900 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 is again ranked in the top 400 universities in the world in the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings published in 2014. 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.
  • The National Student Survey 2014 ranked the University of Portsmouth at 88 per cent, higher than the UK national average for student satisfaction.
  • 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

  • Over 60% of research submitted by the University to REF2014 is rated as world-leading and internationally excellent.
  • In two subject areas respectively – Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, and Physics – 90% and 89% of all research submitted was rated as world-leading and internationally excellent. This work includes neuro-oncology and neuroscience, establishing the role of genes that are important in developmental processes and addressing the fundamental questions in cosmology and astrophysics.
  • The entry in Area Studies produced the largest concentration of world-leading and internationally-excellent research in the university, placing us fourth nationally in this subject for Research Power, combining both the quality and size of the submission.
  • In seven out of the 15 units of assessment we submitted, the impact of our research is rated as outstanding and very considerable in terms of both its reach and significance.
These areas include:
  • Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
  • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
  • Earth Systems and Environmental Studies
  • Computer Science and Informatics
  • Land Management Studies
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
  • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
  • The University entered research in 15 subject areas, five more than in the last assessment exercise in 2008 and the number of researchers submitted to the REF this year increased by 54 to 298.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • The ground floor of the library has recently been transformed into an innovative new social learning space to reflect feedback received through the National Student Survey (NSS). The new space, which has over 200 more study spaces, enables a much more interactive learning environment.
  • Students have open access IT areas across the campus with PCs and Macs; printing facilities; laptop working areas and group working spaces; automated laptop loans; a fast, extensive and free wireless network. No booking is required to use the computers and large screens direct students to the nearest available computers.
  • Face-to-face technical support is available as late as midnight during term-time with phone support available 24x7 throughout the year. Our many IT teaching suites around the campus are also available for general student use when not being used for teaching.
  • In the summer 2014 the Library ground floor IT Suite had a major refurbishment and now includes diverse flexible learning environments, extra self-issue laptops, increased seating & computers, electronic information points, a new cafe and shared support desk.
  • All students have free access to the campus wide wireless network including in all halls of residence. Also in halls students have free wired high-speed broadband (up to 100 Mbps wired Ethernet).

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 halls).
  • Excellent outdoor (floodlit) facilities.
  • Partnerships with Sailing Centres, Southsea Rowing Club and tennis dome provides access for student clubs.
  • Elite and development level Sports Scholarships provided for top level sportsmen and women.
  • The Department of Sport and Recreation has professional links and partnerships within the local sporting community to support athletes' development, as well as a large volunteering programme focusing on social responsibility, widening participation, enhancing student experience and student employability.
  • The Campus Sport programme has over 2,000 students taking part each year with 30+ 11-a-side football teams alone.
  • The Athletic Union has over 2500 active club members who compete in over 40 sports in the national BUCS leagues and are consistently one of the top 30 in the rankings.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University has secured £5m from the government through HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) towards the £11m Future Technology Centre, which will engage young people in engineering and technology subjects, and create new opportunities for the city and the region.
  • A joint £9 million building project between the University and the city’s New Theatre Royal is currently being completed. This innovative new facility will benefit students studying or participating in film, television, sound, broadcasting, drama and musical theatre.
  • The £9 million refurbishment of the Portland Building was completed in 2014 creating new accommodation for the School of Engineering and Surveying, Portsmouth Business School and Information Services.
  • A £4 million refurbishment of the University Library was completed in 2014 as a result of feedback from the National Student Survey (NSS). The refurbishment has created a new social learning space, enhanced the IT provision, increased the café space and improved the enquiry and information services.
  • 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 including an exhibition space, artists' studios and a 250-seat professional theatre and film screening facility open to the community.
  • 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.

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.
  • Volunteering positions, which help students develop and embed employability skills, are sought in local community and third sector organisations.
  • A number of careers fairs, including sector focussed events, are held throughout the year to provide the opportunity for students to meet with employers.
  • The specialist in-house recruitment team works with businesses to offer a variety of graduate jobs and work experience locally and throughout the UK.
  • In the last two years the recruitment and volunteer team at Purple Door has placed more than 1,000 students and graduates into volunteer and graduate roles.
  • Five dedicated placement offices help students secure year-out placements.
  • Help for international students seeking work in the UK (including part time jobs) and outside the UK is available.

Careers Guidance

  • Students have free access to specialist advice on careers, job applications, interviews and postgraduate study.
  • Advice and guidance is offered at Purple Door, a walk in space at the heart of the Guildhall Campus open throughout the week.
  • Our offer to our students also includes access to our Enterprise team to discuss business start up.
  • Our graduates have support from us for up to five years after graduation.
  • Our aim is to improve the employability of our students and graduates by providing them with key skills and with knowledge of the graduate labour market and to support their personal and professional development.

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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