University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth is rated Gold in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework 2017, for delivering outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. Its academic staff are at the forefront of contemporary research impacting lives today and in the future.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


On the coast, near the sea

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: P80

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 84%
  • Part Time 16%

Where students come from

  • UK 84%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 12%

Student gender

  • Male 53%
  • Female 47%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • The university library houses 385,000 books, over 600,000 e-books and more than 57,000 e-journals, with extensive off-campus access to e-resources. There are quiet and group study areas and a café.
  • The library is open 24/7 for 33 weeks of the year during term times, with a year-round chat service available to answer students' questions.
  • Faculty librarians support teaching at the university by providing specialist advice on the literature of each subject through classroom teaching, online and face-to-face help as needed.

Student jobs

  • The university’s Careers and Employability Service helps students to find part-time work. In 2017 it advertised over 1,800 part-time opportunities with a variety of employers in Portsmouth.
  • The university itself employs over 1,000 students in a range of roles; these are advertised through My Purple Door, an individual and dedicated careers management system which also advertises graduate jobs, volunteering roles, placements and internships.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability Service offers support to students and graduates with part-time jobs, career planning, graduate jobs, work experience, volunteering and setting up their own businesses – all located under one roof. All services are available for five years after graduation.
  • Students have opportunities for UK and global placements that support skills development and career planning.
  • Real life learning is brought onto campus using innovative technology and 'live' projects with employers; and students on many courses benefit from professional accreditations that help their work prospects through meeting professional body and employer requirements.

Health services

  • The health and well-being needs of students are met through a wide range of support services, including partnerships with NHS providers. The university has a doctors' surgery on campus.
  • NHS mental health services are provided for students who require longer term treatment.
  • Students' physical health benefits from a gym with the latest fitness equipment and over 50 exercise classes weekly.

Counselling services

  • The Student Well-being Service provides confidential face-to-face counselling and guidance for a wide range of personal and emotional concerns, available to every student free of charge. The service offers workshops, courses, well-being advice, mental health support and counselling to help and guide students.
  • For students based off campus the service offers e-counselling (via secure email) and access to SilverCloud programmes, where students can learn and apply useful techniques and skills to improve well-being.
  • The pioneering What’sUp app has a personal space to record students' mood, express thoughts and emotions, and offers two-way communication with the Student Well-being Service.

Disability support

  • The Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC) offers advice and guidance on potential reasonable adjustments, assistive technology and additional support relating to academic learning. Students can contact ASDAC confidentially if they have a condition which impacts on their learning experience and ability to access the campus.
  • ASDAC provides confidential advice from disability officers for all students, including accessing funding to pay for additional support, potential adjustments to teaching and learning methods if appropriate, screening for Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia, loans of equipment and assistive software, specialist tuition and academic mentoring.

Other services and facilities

  • A range of specialist simulation facilities for courses includes the Extreme Environments Laboratory. This examines the physiological and psychological responses to simulated adverse environments from the polar ice caps to the Saharan Desert and even space. The laboratory has helped UK swimmers prepare for Olympic Games, worked with the RNLI to save countless lives at sea and helped Hollywood stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin to prepare for filming in freezing high altitude conditions for the film Everest. Other simulation facilities include those for nursing and healthcare (including life-like manikin patients who can blink); a dental academy, a mock courtroom, a newsroom, TV studio, theatre facilities and an operational police forensic research facility.
  • A Student Finance Centre offers information, advice and guidance on all aspects of money management while studying. This includes supporting applications for Government Student Loans, and practical support in the form of non-repayable University Support Funds and emergency loans.
  • IT facilities at the university include over 4,300 PCs, laptops and Apple Macs across the campus for student use, with the library providing over 400 loanable laptops in addition to PCs and Macs. All students have free access to the campus-wide fast wireless network, including in halls of residence. Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Wider services include a multifaith chaplaincy and Muslim prayer room.

Students' Union

  • The University of Portsmouth Students' Union supports more than 200 student-led groups offering a wide range of activities, including sports, societies, student media, volunteering and fundraising opportunities.
  • The Students' Union offers 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 and is open from 8am to midnight during term-time.


  • The university began life in 1869 as Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and Art.
  • It was granted university status in 1992 and now has 24,000 students in five faculties: Science, Technology, Creative and Cultural Industries, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Business and Law.
  • In its 25th year as a university, Portsmouth was rated Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework and is ranked number one in the UK by The Economist for boosting graduate salaries.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Portsmouth is the only English university built on an island.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Grayson Perry CBE – Turner prizewinning artist.
  • Ben Fogle – television presenter and adventurer.
  • Major Tim Peake – astronaut.
  • Martin Whitmarsh – CEO, Land Rover BAR.
  • Will King – founder and CEO of King of Shaves.
  • Lauren Steadman – Paralympian.
  • Karen Blackett – CEO of MediaCom UK.
  • Shirley Conran – novelist and journalist.
  • Justin Edgar – film director, screenwriter and producer.
  • Simon Armitage CBE – award-winning poet.


University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2UP