University of Portsmouth

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.14 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.75 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.27 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    66.8 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend 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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  • Good Honours 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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    71.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    85.8 / 100.0


  • The university’s roots go back to 1869, with the founding of Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and Art – set up to train engineers and skilled workmen for the city docks and the Royal Navy dockyard.
  • In the 1960s it was renamed Portsmouth Polytechnic, and was one of the largest polytechnics in the UK, before being granted university status in 1992.
  • By 2016 the university had expanded to 20,000 students on campus, with a further 4,000 studying off-campus through online learning, and with partners in the UK and abroad.
  • The university has five Faculties: Science, Technology, Creative & Cultural Industries, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Portsmouth Business School.

Location and Transport

  • Located on the south coast of England alongside four miles of beaches, with the stunning countryside of the South Downs National Park within easy reach.
  • Located near 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.
  • Gatwick and Heathrow airports are also easily accessible, each being just over an hour away by road.
  • 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.
  • A compact city, with most university buildings, shops and entertainment within walking distance of each other.

Entry Requirements

  • The university accepts the majority of nationally recognised advanced qualifications, and gives equal consideration to academic and vocational qualifications for all courses.
  • The university normally requires a minimum of three GCSE passes in subjects other than those offered at A level. GCSE passes relate to grades A*–C. We require applicants to have passed GCSE English and maths.
  • The university may also take into consideration relevant skills and expertise gained from work experience or vocational training.
  • You can find detailed course requirements on our website.

Student Mix

The 21,625 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 85%
  • Postgraduate 15%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 83%
  • Part Time 17%


  • UK 82%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 13%

Student gender

  • Male 55%
  • Female 45%

Course Flexibility

  • A number of subjects offer common first years, with specialisation in later years, allowing students to select final degree programmes that suit their skills and interests.
  • Our combined honours programme enables students to study two subjects in depth.
  • Many courses provide opportunities to gain credit through work placements and through full and part-year study abroad options.
  • Employability is embedded and assessed in every course. Opportunities for students include simulated learning, work placements and volunteering, while specialist advisers support students in developing their work-related skills.
  • The university also offers a range of flexible and part-time courses, as well as continuing professional development.

Teaching Standards

  • We have a strong teaching record, receiving the highest possible rating in the 2015 Quality Assurance Agency audit.
  • The National Student Survey (NSS) 2015 gave the University of Portsmouth a score of 89%, which is higher than the UK national average for student satisfaction. Many subjects, including English Literature, Applied Physics and Sport and Exercise Science, received 100% student satisfaction ratings.
  • The university has many professionally accredited vocational courses; for example over 600 radiographers, paramedics, medical technologists, pharmacists, clinicians and social workers graduate from the university each year.

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 4th 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 development embedded throughout 250 different degree programmes.
  • We provide high-quality, real-life learning facilities, such as a mock courtroom and 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 helps connect theory and practice, leading to excellent employment outcomes for graduates.
  • A significant number of our courses are accredited or validated by professional bodies and many more offer an accelerated route to qualifying within a profession or obtaining chartered status.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • We have extensive facilities for our students to learn in simulated environments. Our Centre for Healthcare Simulation enables health practitioners to work in real-life medical settings, and includes human patient simulators and eye-tracking equipment. Dental students work with phantom heads and in a working practice in our Dental Academy, our law students practise in a mock courtroom, our pharmacy students use our model pharmacy, and our creative students use our TV studio and theatre facilities.
  • Our award-winning library offers a rich mix of print and electronic resources, including over 380,000 books, almost 600,000 e-books and 41,000 journals, with extensive off-campus access to e-resources. There are over 1,400 study spaces available, giving you a choice of silent, group or social study. In addition, there are 350 loanable laptops as well as fixed PCs and Macs, with wireless access throughout.
  • Experienced staff can help with any questions you may have, and there’s specialist help from our Faculty Librarians. The library has extensive opening hours including 24/7 during term time.
  • The ground floor of the library has been transformed into an innovative, interactive learning environment. The new space has become a hub of student activity making it one of the most popular venues on campus. There’s even a café for when you need to take a break.
  • There are over 3,500 PCs, laptops and Apple Macs across the campus for student use. All students have free access to the campus-wide wireless network, including in halls of residence.
  • Face-to-face IT technical support is available as late as midnight during term-time. Telephone support is available 24 hours a day throughout the year. Our many IT teaching suites around the campus are also available for general student use when not being used for teaching.

Disability Services

  • The Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC) provides advice and referral for support for students and applicants who declare a disability on application, enrolment or during their studies. Support may cover any condition that impacts on your ability to access the campus, the curriculum or the teaching, learning and assessment processes.
  • We can offer you an appointment to meet with one of our team of Disability Officers to discuss referral, advice and support for your academic studies. Your appointment can be in person, by telephone, Skype or email – you just need to contact us to arrange it.
  • We can advise you on the types of evidence you may require to access support and may even be able to help you, in some circumstances, obtain that evidence.
  • We may be able to loan you equipment or assistive software to support your studies whilst you apply for support, or if we decide in discussion with you it is required to support your studies.
  • We can assist you with any application for the Disabled Students’ Allowance and monitor the application to ensure that it is processed as soon as possible.
  • Please call +44 (0)23 9284 3462, email or visit our website for information about disability services at the University of Portsmouth.

Students' Union

  • The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union is a charity led and guided by students. Its main aim is to ensure Portsmouth students have the best university experience possible.
  • We are voted one of the best unions on the south coast and consistently ranked among the top 20 unions in the UK.
  • There are more than 200 student-led groups supported by the union, offering a wide range of activities, including sports, societies, student media, volunteering and fundraising.
  • We offer a free and impartial advice service, providing support with welfare, housing, and academic problems by specially trained, knowledgeable staff.
  • The union building includes venues, meeting rooms and spaces for students, open from 8am to midnight during term time.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Purple Door, the careers and employability service, advertises thousands of part-time and seasonal jobs, graduate roles and internships to students.
  • There is plenty of opportunity for part-time and holiday work in the city.
  • The university itself employs over 1,000 students a year in a variety of on-campus roles.

Careers Guidance

  • At the Purple Door careers and employability service you can talk to a member of staff about any aspect of employability and career planning.
  • From the start of your studies until five years after you graduate, we provide you with dedicated careers support on a one-to-one basis – in our centre, over the telephone or via Skype.

You can talk to a Careers Adviser about:

  • Choosing a career – whether you’re unclear about priorities, already focused on what to do next, or somewhere in between.
  • Options for further study.
  • Exploring internships, placements and work experience.
  • Tailoring your CV or application form and preparing for interviews and assessment centres.

When you graduate, help is still at hand. We provide a full support service up to five years after graduation to help alumni with career related issues and decisions.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Building will begin this year on an £11m Future Technology Centre, which will engage young people in engineering and technology subjects, and create new opportunities for the city and the region.
  • 2015 saw the completion of a joint £9m building project between the university and the city’s New Theatre Royal, which resulted in an innovative new facility aimed at students studying or participating in film, television, sound, broadcasting, drama and musical theatre.
  • The Forensic Innovation Centre is the first operational police forensic research facility in the country to be based on a university campus. The unique centre combines police forensic science and digital crime-fighting investigators with a state-of-the art learning facility for researchers, students and serving police staff. Work began on the centre in 2013–14 and sees police, academics and students working side-by-side to help detect and solve crime.
  • The £9m 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 £4m 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 £14m 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 £9m 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.

Notable Alumni

  • Grayson Perry CBE – Turner prizewinning artist
  • Shirley Conran – writer
  • Ben Fogle – television presenter and adventurer
  • Simon Armitage CBE – award-winning poet
  • Major Tim Peake – astronaut
  • Martin Whitmarsh – CEO, Land Rover BAR
  • 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
  • Leo Quinn – Group CEO, Balfour Beatty plc

Further Details

Address University of Portsmouth
University House
Winston Churchill Avenue
UCAS Code P80