• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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 high-quality 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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    71.7 / 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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    73.9 / 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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    85.9 / 100.0

Superb facilities and a productive education in a lively and diverse seaside city, named one of the most affordable in the UK for students. All courses reflect the university's commitment to students' future employment, with a dedicated careers and recruitment service, and graduates who earn more than the sector average. Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, the university is planning new developments including a new indoor sports centre with swimming pool, and a flagship building to house Humanities and the Portsmouth Business School.

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 may also take into consideration relevant skills and expertise gained from work experience or vocational training. Please refer to the university website for details.

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.

Teaching Methods

  • The university employs a wide variety of teaching techniques and assessment methods, with an emphasis on practical learning experiences in addition to the more traditional lectures, seminars and workshops. Please refer to the university website course pages for more information.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

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.
  • The combined honours programme enables students to study 2 subjects in depth.
  • Many courses provide opportunities to gain credit through work placements and through full and part-year study abroad options.
  • The university also offers a range of flexible and part-time courses, as well as continuing professional development.

Student Services and Facilities

  • A range of simulated learning environments enable students to practice skills they will need in the workplace, including the Centre for Healthcare Simulation, Dental Academy, a mock courtroom, a newsroom, TV studio, theatre facilities and the country's 1st operational police forensic research facility based on a university campus. A partnership with a city-centre pharmacy gives students the chance to put academic learning into practice through regular work experience, advising and supporting patients in the pharmacy itself and using specially adapted rooms behind the premises as a learning space.
  • The award-winning university library houses 380,000 books, 600,000 e-books and 41,000 journals, with extensive off-campus access to e-resources, open 24 hours a day during term-time.
  • IT facilities include over 3,500 PCs, laptops and Apple Macs across the campus for student use, with the library providing 350 loanable laptops in addition to fixed PCs and Macs. All students have free access to the campus-wide wireless network, including in halls of residence. Technical support is available 24 hours a day during term-time.
  • A comprehensive range of personal support services to cater for students' non-academic needs includes well-being, counselling and financial support, as well as extensive careers support. There is also a multi-faith chaplaincy and a Muslim prayer room.

Disability Services

  • The Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC) offers advice and referral to students who declare a disability on application, registration or during their studies. Support may cover a condition that impacts on student’s ability to access the campus, the curriculum or teaching, learning and assessment processes.
  • Students can meet a disability officer in person, on the telephone, by Skype or email to discuss referral, advice and support. The service can offer advice on what evidence students may require to access support; and in some cases help students with obtaining evidence.
  • Support can include loans of equipment, assistive software and specialist tuition. If students aren’t eligible for funding, equipment may be offered on long-term loan. The service also helps students with applications for the Disabled Students’ Allowance.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

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.

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, students can talk to a member of staff about any aspect of employability and career planning.
  • 1-to-1 support is offered in the centre, over the telephone and via Skype to all students, up to 5 years after graduation. Students can talk to a careers adviser about choosing a career, exploring internships, placements and work experience, and tailoring their CV or application form.
  • Students at the university benefit from professional accreditations that help their work prospects by ensuring their courses meet professional body and employer requirements.
  • Every course includes and assesses students on developing skills for work, for example through simulated learning, work placements and volunteering, and the support of specialist advisers.
  • The careers service offers support, resources and facilities to help students and graduates develop their enterprise skills and establish their own business ventures.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 85%
  • Postgraduate 15%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 84%
  • Part Time 16%

Where students come from

  • UK 83%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 13%

Student gender

  • Male 55%
  • Female 45%


  • The university began life in 1869 as Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and Art – set up to train engineers and workmen for the Royal Navy and the city docks – before becoming Portsmouth Polytechnic in the 1960s.
  • It was granted university status in 1992 and now has 5 faculties: Science, Technology, Creative and Cultural Industries, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Portsmouth Business School.
  • Now in its 25th year, the university continues to expand, with 20,000 students on campus and a further 4,000 studying off-campus through online learning and with partners in the UK and abroad.

Notable Alumni

  • 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.

Further Details

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